Robin Colwell is Principal of Convergence Strategies and is Of Counsel to BGR Group, offering clients her strategic insights and skillful advocacy on complex telecommunications, technology, and cybersecurity policy issues. Robin’s wide-ranging experience includes key roles in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government as well as the private sector.
A Florida native and Florida State University alumna, Robin received her law degree from the College of William & Mary School of Law, and first came to Washington as a law clerk to Chief Judge H. Robert Mayer of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. After several years representing mass media, communications, and technology clients in Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP’s corporate practice, she developed deep expertise and passion for the public policy framework underlying these industries as Legislative Counsel for Senate Commerce Committee members including Senators Tim Scott, Jim DeMint, and Peter G. Fitzgerald, and as Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee for Tourism, Competitiveness, and Innovation.
Robin next served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Michael O’Rielly at the Federal Communications Commission, and later returned to the Hill as Chief Counsel to the House Energy & Commerce Committee for Communications and Technology. As Chief Counsel, Robin collaborated with majority and minority House and Senate Committee members and staff to secure enactment of major legislation including FOSTA/SESTA, protecting victims of online trafficking, and RAY BAUM’s Act, which funded repacking of spectrum following the broadcast incentive auction and included bicameral, bipartisan priorities such as MOBILE NOW and DIG ONCE.
Most recently, Robin served at the National Economic Council as a senior advisor to Director Larry Kudlow, developing Administration policy and leading interagency implementation of priorities including 5G deployment, security, and innovative network architecture; spectrum allocation; rural broadband deployment; data privacy and security; and domestic supply chain security. She was a key White House leader in the successful 2020 initiative to make a significant allocation of prime mid-band spectrum available to be auctioned in December 2021 for rapid U.S. deployment of commercial 5G networks.