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Howard E. Woolley
Howard E. Woolley
Senior Vice President - Strategic Alliances & Wireless Policy
Verizon Communications

In January of 2011, Howard Woolley was appointed senior vice president – Strategic Alliances and Wireless Public Policy for Verizon Communications, continuing his leadership role in government affairs and wireless policy matters. His team manages the company’s relationships with the national organizations, which have an interest in Verizon’s businesses, technology and public policy issues. He also continues his role in Verizon Wireless public policy matters as well as manages the company’s industry relations, including the CEO’s participation in the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). Woolley’s portfolio includes managing Verizon’s national organizations of state government leaders and management of the corporation’s relationships with congressional caucuses of the U.S. Congress. 

During Woolley’s nine years of leading the Verizon Wireless federal relations office, the company acquired wireless broadband spectrum and obtained other policy results critical to running a wireless business. His leadership role has resulted in a placement in The HistoryMakers archive of African American leaders.  He served as senior vice president of federal and state government affairs for Verizon Wireless until 2010 when the joint venture combined federal and state government affairs functions with Verizon Corporation. In 2011, Woolley received numerous awards from major publications including The Hill newspaper, Washington Business Journal, and he was named to the Power 100 List of Washington Life Magazine. Uptown Professional Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Executives in America. He received a Founders Award for his service in the World Affairs Council Board. Woolley holds an M.A. and B.S. degrees from John Hopkins University and the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.