Lisa M. Fowlkes is the Bureau Chief of the FCC's Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau. She previously served as a Deputy Bureau Chief responsible for development and implementation of FCC policies in the areas of cybersecurity, communications reliability and emergency alerting. Ms. Fowlkes has led many of the FCC’s public safety policy initiatives such as its efforts to ensure that consumers have access to information on backup power solutions, the FCC’s adoption of rules to ensure the reliability of 911 networks, particularly as the communications industry goes through major technological changes, and the FCC’s adoption of rules to ensure that consumers can receive emergency alerts over cell phones and other mobile devices through Wireless Emergency Alerts.
Ms. Fowlkes’s career spans over 26 years during which she has held several positions within the FCC, including Acting Deputy Bureau Chief, Assistant Chief and Legal Advisor of the Enforcement Bureau, Acting Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities, Deputy Chief of the former Public Safety & Private Wireless Division, Senior Attorney-Advisor in the Office of General Counsel, Supervisory Attorney in the former Cable Services Bureau and Attorney-Advisor in the former Mass Media Bureau. Ms. Fowlkes also practiced law at a Washington, DC law firm where she represented public safety agencies, broadcast licensees, critical infrastructure service providers, government defense contractors and equipment manufacturers before the FCC.