Chief, Space Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
Julie Kearney is the first Chief of the Space Bureau the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Launched in April 2023, the Space Bureau plays a key role in advancing the Commission’s Space Innovation Agenda to meet the needs of the next generation Space Age.
Prior to joining the FCC, Kearney was Vice President of Communications Regulatory Affairs and Policy at Twilio Inc. At Twilio, she led global regulatory and policy efforts pertaining to telecommunications and law enforcement response.
Previously, she was Global Head of Communications Regulation and Policy for Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet, where she led the company’s U.S. and international regulatory initiatives. Other roles include: VP of Regulatory Affairs for the Consumer Technology Association; government affairs at NPR; international affairs at MCI (now Verizon); and associate at Haley Bader & Potts (now Foster Garvey).
Kearney is a past president of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and she also served as chair of the FCBA Foundation. She was a long-serving member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and recently served on its Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. Other Board positions include USTelecom and the United States Technical Training Institute (USTTI).
Kearney earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law with a certificate from its Law and Technology Institute. She recently completed a 3.5 year term on the Columbus School of Law’s Board of Visitors. A trained singer, she has sung with choruses in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC area, most recently with Schola Cantorum (CA) and the Choral Arts Society of Washington (DC).