Joycelyn Tate is a strategist and policy advocate specializing in providing advocacy on telecommunications and technology law and policy issues. She is also the host of Telecom Talk on The FLOW Radio, where she discusses consumer technology and telecommunications issues. She is a staunch champion for the inclusion of women and minorities in the technology industry and affordable technology access in undeserved communities.
Joycelyn is the senior technology policy advisor for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Black Women’s Roundtable, where she advocates on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies for laws and policies that increase access to technology and promote entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for minorities and women in the technology sector. Joycelyn is the authored of Black Women and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, which is included in Black Women's Roundtable report entitled, Black Women in the United States, 2014: Progress and Challenges.
Joycelyn served on the executive committee of DiversiTech, where she provided diverse communities with resources and educational programming needed to launch technology start- ups. She is also the former director of telecommunications policy at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a public interest law firm, where she advocated for laws and policies that advance ownership and employment opportunities for minorities and women in the media, telecommunications and technology industries. She is a contributing writer to MMTC's, MMTC Roadmap for Telecommunications Policy, a set of legislative and policy proposals that would help women and minorities have a better opportunity to fully participate as owners, employees and content providers in the telecommunication, media and technology industries. At MMTC, Joycelyn was also an associate media broker at the organization's media brokerage firm, MMTC Media Brokers, where she brokered the sales of radio and television stations and advised clients on media transactions, financing and ownership issues.
Joycelyn's work in telecommunications and technology spans the business, government, broadcasting and education sectors. She was the chief operating officer at Multisoft Technologies, an information technology firm in Maryland. In the office of U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Joycelyn worked on telecommunications issues. She specifically worked with Representative Jackson-Lee on issues that addressed the “digital divide”. At the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Joycelyn served in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where she worked on regulations for the wireless telecommunications industry. She also conducted research and analysis for the FCC on the problems experienced by small, women and minority-owned businesses trying to obtain capital financing in order to enter the telecommunications market. She was a television producer of local and national public and political affairs shows and an adjunct professor of communications law at Howard University’s School of Communications and Bowie State University’s Department of Communications.
As an established professional in the fields of telecommunications and technology law and policy, Joycelyn has been selected to serve in several capacities. She was chosen to serve as a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) held by the International Telecommunications Union (an agency of the United Nations) in Dubai. As a delegation member, she served as an advisor on proposals negotiated on behalf of the United States for inclusion in the International Telecommunications Regulations. In 2008, she was appointed by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to serve on the board of directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), where she was responsible for administering the Universal Service Fund, an over $8 billion fund that provides access to affordable telecommunications services throughout the United States.
Joycelyn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Communications at Howard University, a Juris Doctor from Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, a Certificate of Specialization from the Law and Technology Institute at the Columbus School of Law, and a Graduate Certificate in International Studies, with regional study focused on China, from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. She has a working familiarity with Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish languages.