Debra Berlyn is the Executive Director of the Project to Get Older Adults onLine (Project GOAL). Project GOAL works to promote the adoption of broadband for older adults, and to advance technology applications for this community. She also serves as the President of Consumer Policy Solutions, a firm focused on developing progressive policies for consumers in a competitive and innovative marketplace.
Prior to launching Project GOAL and Consumer Policy Solutions, Ms. Berlyn was Senior Legislative Representative in the Federal Affairs Department of AARP, responsible for all communications and energy matters. Ms. Berlyn was co-founder and Executive Director of the Competition Policy Institute, a non-profit organization. Immediately prior to creating CPI, Ms. Berlyn served as the Executive Director of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), actively working on behalf of the organization on the drafting and final passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She also represented AARP on the digital television transition coalition and has worked closely with national aging organizations on several Internet issues, including online safety and privacy concerns. Ms. Berlyn is a seasoned veteran of telecommunications and consumer policy issues and an advocate for consumers of technology services.
Ms. Berlyn served as Chair of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee for nine years and continues as a member of the CAC. She has also served as a member of a Working Group of the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. Ms. Berlyn serves on the Board of Directors of the National Consumers League and the Future of Privacy Forum. Ms. Berlyn has also served on the Program Committee of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC).
In 2015, Ms. Berlyn received the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Award for Outstanding Achievement and MMTC’s Digital Media Social Justice Award.
There are lots of advantages to being online for older adults. Read what Project GOAL is doing to help seniors get online, and to address some of the challenges they're faced with when doing so.