Washington D. C.
Joycelyn Tate is a technology policy advocate and strategist. She is the president of Tate Strategies where she develops advocacy strategies for non-profit and public service organizations. She is the co-founder of MakeIT4Change Innovation Hub, an organization that provides creative space and resources for youth and adults to work together to develop technology for social change. As a staunch advocate for laws and policies that advance entrepreneurship and employment for women and minorities is the tech industry, Joycelyn is the senior technology policy advisor for the Black Women’s Roundtable and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. She also serves as a member of the International Telecommunications Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State where she is an advisor on international telecommunications and information policy matters. Joycelyn is also the host of Telecom Talk on The FLOW radio.
Joycelyn served on the board of directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company where she was responsible for administering the over $9 billion Universal Service Fund, which provides access to affordable telecommunications services throughout the United States. She also served 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). 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.
Joyceyn was the co-founder of a tech start-up and chief operating officer at Multisoft Technologies Services, an IT training and network installation company. She served in the offices of two U.S. Representatives where her portfolio of legislative issues included telecommunications and technology, foreign affairs, women and children. At the Federal Communications Commission, Joycelyn served in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau where she worked on regulations for the wireless telecommunications industry and conducted research and analysis on the problems experienced by small, women and minority-owned businesses trying to obtain capital financing. She is the former director of telecommunications and broadband policy at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. Joycelyn was also an adjunct professor of communications law at Howard University School of Communications and Bowie State University.
Joycelyn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from 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 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.