Parul P. Desai is communications policy counsel for Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Working out of the Washington, D.C. office, Parul manages the organization's advocacy efforts on cable, wireless, telephone, and Internet policy. She is also responsible for working closely with federal policy makers on telecommunications and media law and policy. Parul is a frequent guest on various radio and television outlets and is quoted often in the national press.
Prior to joining Consumers Union, Parul served as Vice President for Media Access Project, a non-profit, public interest law firm and advocacy organization working in communications policy. While at MAP, Parul promoted and developed legal strategies and policies to improve and maintain First Amendment access to electronic media.
Prior to joining MAP, Parul served as in-house counsel to Microstrategy, Inc., McLean, VA. From 2001-2004, she was an associate in the Telecommunication, Media, and Technology and Litigation Groups of the law firm Crowell & Moring LLP. Parul also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven L. Lefelt, J.A.D, of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.
Originally from New Jersey, Parul's undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University. She is a magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where she was a member of the editorial board of the New York Law School Law Review.
She is currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association. She also serves as Chair of the Board of the Media and Democracy Coalition and as a member of the Board for Main Street Project.