Mike Wendy - Biography
Mike Wendy directs MediaFreedom (www.mediafreedom.org), a market-based non-profit, which comments on tech policy in the Congress, the Executive Branch, the FCC, the courts, the states / localities and elsewhere. MediaFreedom is supported in part by communications industry and foundation contributions. Mike has been in the tech policy space since 1994, focusing primarily on telecommunications and IT industry-related issues that have emerged over that time. Before MediaFreedom, Mike was VP of Press and External Affairs at the Progress and Freedom Foundation. Prior to arriving at PFF, Mike was Director of Public Affairs for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) — a broad-based corporate membership association advocating for the interests of IT service, software and hardware companies. There he ran tech policy media outreach, organized membership grassroots efforts, and was treasurer of CompTIA PAC. Before going to CompTIA, Mike was Director of Grassroots for the United States Telecom Association, focusing on grassroots, tax, small business, and various '96 Telecom Act implementation matters. In a previous lifetime, Mike was also a network news sound and lighting technician, working on such shows as 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, 48 Hours, Prime Time Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, among others.
Mike holds a BS in Telecommunication / Journalism from the University of Florida, as well as JD from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Mike is a member of the Florida Bar.