Lisa R. Youngers served most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Nextlink Wireless, LLC, a spectrum management firm which operates primarily in the Upper Microwave bands in both the fixed and mobile space. Ms. Youngers oversaw all aspects of the business including financial, operational and technical objectives, engineering planning and implementation, M&A activity, as well as the development of policy positions and the strategic direction of the company with a particular focus on the roll-out of 5G. Prior to Nextlink, Ms. Youngers was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel – Federal Affairs at XO Communications one of the nation’s largest competitive carriers serving business and government end users as well as carrier and wholesale service providers. Ms. Youngers was responsible for all federal policy, regulatory, and legislative matters affecting XO’s interests before the FCC, Congress, and all levels of executive administration including regulatory and legislative strategy. She also oversaw the company’s corporate PR and internal and external messaging. Prior to joining XO, Ms. Youngers was Federal Regulatory Counsel for General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”), in Washington D.C., a telecommunications and cable television provider operating primarily in the state of Alaska, whom she represented before the FCC on wireline, wireless, universal service, telehealth, and school access issues. Ms. Youngers also served as Federal Regulatory Counsel for MCI appearing before the FCC on competition policy, enforcement matters, and consumer issues.
Ms. Youngers is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Minnesota where she served as legal counsel to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. A former television news producer, Ms. Youngers is a frequent presenter at industry events and has been quoted in several publications regarding regulatory and public policy matters. Ms. Youngers has served on several boards. Ms. Youngers earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and received her J.D. magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She is a member of the Minnesota and District of Columbia Bars and currently resides in suburban Washington, DC.