Vonya B. McCann was Sprint Corporation’s Senior Vice President - Government Affairs, a position she held from August 2009 to April 2020, when Sprint was acquired by T-Mobile US. In that role, Ms. McCann oversaw all regulatory and legislative matters for Sprint. As the company’s senior government affairs executive, she was responsible for the development of Sprint’s regulatory, legislative, and public policy positions and advocacy at the state, federal, and international levels. Ms. McCann retired from T-Mobile in January 2021.
Before joining Sprint, Ms. McCann served in the U.S. Department of State as Ambassador and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Communications and Information Policy. In that role, she developed positions on global communications and information policy, represented the United States in international organizations dealing with telecommunications issues, and acted as chief advocate and negotiator to advance U.S. policy objectives. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. McCann served in the additional role of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, which included overseeing other issues, such as trade and aviation.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. McCann was a partner in the Washington law offices of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn. She also held positions at the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce.
Ms. McCann received her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She received a master’s degree in public policy and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ms. McCann is a former member of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation; the Wireless Infrastructure Association, formally known as PCIA; the Sprint Foundation; the 1Million Project Foundation; and TPRC, the Research Conference on Communications, Information, and Internet Policy.
Ms. McCann has received a variety of awards, including the Most Influential Women in Wireless Award (ranked #3); National Eagle Leadership Institute Eagle Award; two Sprint Leadership Excellence Awards; Washington Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business Award; Women in Technology, Corporate Leadership Award; U.S. Department of State, Distinguished Honor Award; and National Association of Blacks in Telecommunications Professionals, Patrice Johnson Award for Excellence.