Mark Lloyd is a civil rights advocate, lawyer and journalist. He is Visiting Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication and Journalism at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and former Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer at the US Federal Communications Commission. Research interest: civil rights, communications policy.
Mr. Lloyd graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a double major in Journalism and Political science. He earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Before becoming a communications lawyer, Mr. Lloyd was an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, working for public and commercial radio and television, including work at NBC and CNN.
A distinguished analyst and activist, Mr. Lloyd has a broad background in universities, think tanks, government and media-related non-profits. He has been general counsel of the Benton Foundation, a domestic policy advisor at the Clinton White House, the executive director of the Civil Rights Forum on Telecommunications Policy and an attorney at the Washington, D.C. law firm Dow, Lohnes & Albertson. As a senior fellow at the Center of American Progress, he wrote, conducted research and analyzed communications policy.
In 2009, Mr. Lloyd was the vice president for Strategic Initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Education Fund. From 2009-2012, he served as the Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission. At the FCC, he advised the agency on how to promote diverse participation in the communications field, including work on the National Broadband Plan and the Market Entry Barriers Affecting the Critical Information Needs of All Americans.
The author of numerous articles and essays, including a contribution to the Encyclopedia of Journalism and work for the Aspen Institute, his book Prologue to a Farce, Communication and Democracy in America was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2007.
Mr. Lloyd has lectured at academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including: Harvard, UCLA, USC, UC-Riverside, NYU, and Penn State. As an affiliate professor of Public Policy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, he occasionally teaches a course on the Public Policy of Communications.
From 2002-2004, he was an MLK Visiting Scholar at MIT in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), where he conducted research and taught communications policy.