Fiona is a former government executive with extensive experience and globally diverse contacts in international Internet, telecommunications, and emerging technology policy.
For close to 20 years, Fiona served at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she was Associate Administrator for International Affairs. In this role, she was the principal official responsible for the analysis, development, and execution of international Internet, cyber, and communications policy within the Executive Branch of the United States government (USG). She managed the U.S. government’s relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). She is NTIA’s sole Presidential Rank Award winner for her leadership in the two-decade effort to privatize the Internet’s domain name system (DNS). Ms. Alexander is a member of the High-level Advisory Group for the Global Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group.
At NTIA, Fiona was the convener and co-leader of the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, which developed policy, norms, and tools for issues related to commercial data privacy, online copyright protection, cybersecurity, and the global free flow of information.
She represented the United States at a variety of fora, including the UN World Summit on the Information Society, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and ICANN. During her tenure, the U.S. led the development of Internet policy-making principles and joined the only international agreement on Artificial Intelligence at the OECD, won the election of the first woman in the 153-year history of the ITU, and managed the collaborative implementation of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) at the authoritative root of the Internet domain name system.
Prior to joining NTIA, Ms. Alexander was a Senior Consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. She has a Master’s in International Relations from American University, Washington, D.C. She is co-founder of Salt Point Strategies, a consulting group that provides public affairs advice, strategy, and advocacy to clients navigating the emerging high-tech economy.