Fiona Alexander

Fiona Alexander
Distinguished Policy Strategist
American University School of International Service

Ms. Fiona M. Alexander is Distinguished Policy Strategist in Residence in the School of International Service at American University.  She recently left the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) where she 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).  Ms. Alexander 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). 

She is a proven consensus builder and catalyst in a variety of interagency, intergovernmental, and multistakeholder environments with robust technical knowledge and globally diverse contacts.  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.  Ms. Alexander also co-led’s the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force in its efforts to develop policy, norms and tools for commercial data privacy, online copyright protection, cybersecurity, and the free flow of information.  In her 18 months at NTIA, Ms. Alexander designed and executed a strategy for the successful election of the first woman in the 153 year history of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and negotiated principles for Artificial Intelligence at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Prior to joining NTIA, Ms. Alexander was a Senior Consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton.  She has a Masters Degree in International Relations from American University, Washington, D.C.

Recent Events and Presentations

September 10, 2019

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a keynote address by Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and a panel discussion on the state of the global AI race and how policymakers can continue to support U.S. leadership in AI.