Washington - Mar 3, 2009 - President Obama announced his intent to nominate two people for key administration posts: John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, and Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
On the nomination of Genachowski, Obama said, "I can think of no one better than Julius Genachowski to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He will bring to the job diverse and unparalleled experience in communications and technology, with two decades of accomplishment in the private sector and public service. I know him as the son of immigrants who carries a deep appreciation for this country and the American dream; and as the proud father of three children working with his wife Rachel to be responsible parents in this digital age."
Genachowski is a technology executive and entrepreneur with strong experience in both the private sector and public service. He is cofounder and managing director of Launch Box Digital and Rock Creek Ventures, and a special advisor at General Atlantic. He was a senior executive for eight years at IAC/Interactive Corp, where his positions included chief of business operations and general counsel.
In government, Genachowski served at the Federal Communications Commission as chief counsel to Chairman Reed Hundt, and earlier as special counsel to FCC General Counsel (later Chairman) William Kennard. He was a law clerk for United States Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and, before that, for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Genachowski served on the staff of U.S. Representative (now Senator) Charles E. Schumer, and also the staff of the House Select Committee Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair.
Genachowski received a J.D in 1991 from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was co-notes editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A. in 1985 from Columbia College (magna cum laude). Genachowski was raised in New York, and now resides in Washington, DC.