Chris Ornelas serves as chief operating of the National Association of Broadcasters. In this role, Chris directs the daily operations and provides strategic guidance to NAB’s advocacy teams in addressing the diverse legal and regulatory issues facing broadcasters today. Chris also leads NAB’s strategic alliances program, and in this capacity promotes diversity, inclusion and expanding ownership and management opportunities for minorities and women. Chris currently serves on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) Advisory Council, and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ (APAICS) Board of Directors. Prior to joining NAB, Chris was chief counsel on communications and technology policy in NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith's U.S. Senate office, overseeing all matters relating to communications, media, entertainment and technology before the Senate Commerce Committee. Chris earned a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at The American University and a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia. Chris, who is of Hispanic and Asian descent, lives on Capitol Hill with his wife Maria and their son, Dante.
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