Since January 2007, Mr. Everett has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a national, nonprofit research and public policy institution located in Washington, D.C. Prior to 2007, and for more than eighteen years, Mr. Everett had been a partner with the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Paul, Hastings LLP, where he headed the firm’s Federal Legislative Practice Group. He had previously worked in the U.S. Senate for more than a decade, including serving as a staff director and chief counsel of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. In 1998, Mr. Everett was appointed by President Clinton as United States Ambassador to the 1998 International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference. In the same year, he led the U.S. delegation to the Second World Telecommunication Development Conference in Malta, joining participants from more than 190 nations. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke University Law School and serves on the boards of Connection Nation and Independent Sector.
Mr. Everett possesses an extensive legal background, particularly in FCC and radio broadcasting matters, as evidenced by the various legal and advisory positions he has held during his career. In addition, Mr. Everett’s management experience as a chief executive officer of a public policy institute focused on political and economic matters provides a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors and enables Mr. Everett to offer value in the oversight of the Company through his service on the Audit Committee. Mr. Everett has served as one of our directors since July 1998.