Nicol Turner Lee

Vide President and Director - Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)

Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a 30-year old minority media advocacy organization, where she is responsible for designing and implementing its research and policy agenda. She develops the policy and research agenda and works with civil rights, government, corporations and other stakeholders to strategize and operationalize MMTC's work. Before joining MMTC, she was President and CEO of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), a national membership association that educates, advocates and empowers for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry through pipeline development, hiring and retention. Prior to NAMIC, Dr. Turner-Lee was Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation's leading research and public policy institutions whose work focuses on issues of concern to African Americans and other people of color. At the Joint Center, Dr. Turner-Lee created the first "National Minority Broadband Adoption Study" that was cited in the Federal Communications Commission's congressionally mandated National Broadband Plan as well as a subsequent report detailing the information needs of communities. Dr. Turner-Lee is an appointee to the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy (ACICIP) by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Gender Equity in STEM for Women and Girls at Arizona State University. She has been honored by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Alliance for Women in Media as one of their 60 most inspiring women in media, by CableFax as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable and one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable, by MMTC for its Extraordinary Service Award, by Multichannel News as one of their "Women to Watch," Sigma Rho fraternity, and other organizations for her extraordinary service. Dr. Turner-Lee is Secretary for TPRC (a national research collaborative focused on information policy), the Chairwoman for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Public Policy Institute and STEM4US, a Washington-based non-profit working to accelerate diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Washington Literacy Center that works to end adult illiteracy in the DC area. Dr. Turner-Lee graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She also serves as Secretary of her son's local Boy Scouts troop.