"I am pleased to have David join the Northwest Region as our senior executive for public policy," said Steve Banta, public policy and external affairs president for the region. "His work in the private and public sectors will be a great asset to the development of fair and effective telecommunications policy."
Valdez will be responsible for the company's regulatory and legislative initiatives in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the Crescent City, Calif., area. In addition, he will oversee Verizon's community relations, including the company's philanthropic arm, Verizon Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the Northwest.
Valdez most recently was the chief privacy officer in the company's regulatory compliance department. Before joining Verizon, he was with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce) where he worked with governmental agencies on pro-competitive Internet and telecommunications policies for developing markets. His previous experience includes work for the Washington, D.C., law firm of Anderson, Kill and Olick, as well as serving as a special advisor to a member of Congress.
A Los Angeles native, Valdez received a bachelor's degree from California State University Northridge, a J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law and an LL.M in international law from Georgetown University.
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