Former FCC Chief of Native Affairs Named to Native Public Media Board of Directors

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Geoffrey C. Blackwell, chief strategy officer and general counsel at AMERIND Risk, was recently elected to join the Native Public Media board of directors. Native Public Media aims promote healthy, independent and engaged Native communities through media access, control and ownership.

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“It is an honor to be elected and to be back with the NPM family. I look forward to serving the interests of NPM members on our Board, and helping guide NPM’s provision of world class services and both national and international policy advocacy,�� Blackwell said.

Previously, Blackwell was a senior manager and policy-maker at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He was the founding Chief of the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy from 2010 to 2015. Prior to his most recent federal service, Mr. Blackwell worked for five years, from 2005 to 2010, as the Corporate Director of Strategic Relations and Minority Business Development at Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. (CNI), a business incubation holding company of the Chickasaw Nation. Mr. Blackwell also chaired the Telecommunications Subcommittee of the National Congress of American Indians, served on the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, and served as the indigenous representative from the United States on the international Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas.

Blackwell, an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is also descended from the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Blackwell is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Also re-elected to the NPM Board of Directors were Matthew Rantanen and Roanne Robinson-Shaddox. Both Rantanen and Robinson-Shaddox have previously served 3 year terms on the NPM Board of Directors.