Loretta Polk is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. She has over 30 years of experience representing the cable industry on a wide variety of legal and regulatory matters, including video and broadband technology, competition, consumer protection, public safety and broadband adoption issues. She leads the association’s privacy and cybersecurity legal and policy work.
Over her career, Loretta has served on the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Executive Committee and co-chaired the former Cable Practice Committee. She was also a trustee of the FCBA Foundation, co-chairing the high school and college scholarship program. She also served on the D.C. Bar Technology Task Force and the Steering Committee of the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section, where she was awarded the D.C. Bar’s “Outstanding Community Service Project” in 1998 for an education program in media and the arts. In 2001, she completed the Cable Television and Marketing Association’s executive management program at Harvard Business School and was appointed to the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee from 2004 - 2007.
Loretta is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and in 2018 was among a group of women that received the Multichannel News and WICT-NY “Wonder Woman” award, which honors the accomplishments of women who have helped pave the way for younger generations of women in the evolving television, media and internet industries. She now serves on the Emma Bowen Foundation National Advisory Council, which prepares minority youth for careers in the media and communications industry. And she was a long-time member of the boards of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and the Legal Aid Society. Early in her legal career, she worked as a Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State and as an associate in the Washington office of Jones Day. Loretta received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Human Rights Law Review, and her B.A. from Rutgers University.