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Kelly Cole

Executive Vice President, Government Relations, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
Kelly Cole

Kelly Cole joined the National Association of Broadcasters as vice president of Government Relations in 2006 and has since been promoted to executive vice president. As a member of the Government Relations team, Kelly leads NAB’s legislative agenda before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to protect and preserve free, local broadcasting.

Prior to joining NAB, Kelly spent six years as counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee in the House of Representatives under three consecutive chairmen. While with the committee, she advised the chairmen and subcommittee chairmen on legal and policy issues relating to communications and the Internet. During her tenure she was responsible for negotiating and drafting key communications laws, including the digital television transition, broadcast decency and do-not-call legislation. Kelly was named by National Journal as one of Capitol Hill’s top legislative staffers. Before her work with the Energy and Commerce Committee, Kelly was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. Kelly is a member of the state bar associations of the District of Columbia, Oregon and Washington State. She received her J.D. in 1996 from Willamette University College of Law, her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College and spent a year studying law at the London School of Economics. Kelly was born and raised in Los Angeles.


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Publications and Multimedia
The Telecommunications Act: Can it Rein in the FCC? - Audio/Video
Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 23, 2015