Jennie Chandra

Jennie Chandra

School

B.A./Information Economics and Policy – Stanford University
M.A./Sociology – Stanford University
J.D. – Stanford University

Favorite Social Activity

Dinner parties – especially if someone else is cooking

Most Embarrassing Professional Moment

As a law firm summer associate, one my first tasks was to order copies for a team project. The order form asked for the number of copies. With billing training fresh in my mind, I dutifully counted and listed the total number of pages to be copied and billed to the client: 36. An hour later an associate was surprised when 1,296 pages (36×36) arrived at her office. I realized my mistake as soon as I saw the pile. Thankfully I was not in any trouble, but after that I bore the brunt of many copying and counting jokes – and was sure to never make that mistake again!

First Concert

Bob Dylan and Paul Simon joint show

Jennie Chandra

General Counsel

Essentia

Jennie provides counsel to the executive team on a variety of legal and strategic matters.

Employment History

Jennie previously served as a Vice President at Windstream Communications. As a senior member of the General Counsel’s team, she provided legal and public policy advice to corporate executives on a wide variety of business initiatives. Jennie’s contributions during her decade at the company included attaining and protecting substantial government funding for broadband networks; achieving approval for mergers and acquisitions; and improving employment engagement as manager of a team spread across the continental United States.

Before joining Windstream, Jennie was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Advisor on Policy and Planning at the California Public Utilities Commission. Her state government work included leading the development of the Governor’s Executive Order on Twenty-First Century Government: Expanding Broadband Access and Usage in California (EO S-23-06), drafting the PUC decision that created California’s first-ever state video franchise regulatory regime, and managing cross-agency efforts to advance deployment of enhanced 911 services for VoIP customers.

Jennie’s prior work experience includes serving as a John Gardner Fellow in the office of FCC Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy and a Sand Hill Fellow in the Program for the Study of Entertainment Media and Health at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Civic and Board Involvement

Jennie volunteers her time as a mediator for community and small claims court matters, and supports her children’s grade school in a variety of capacities, including recently serving as co-chair for the school’s annual carnival. She also is a John Gardner Public Service Fellowship class chair. Her prior volunteer work within the Federal Communications Bar Association included serving as a Northern California Chapter chair and as a Moot Court Committee chair.

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