Eric Fitzgerald Reed, Vice President – Entertainment and Tech Policy for Verizon Communications in San Francisco, CA, is responsible for analyzing entertainment industry trends, managing telecommunications developments and emerging high-tech matters as they relate to public policy. Reed leads Verizon’s outreach to an array of Silicon Valley and Hollywood-based stakeholders in content and entertainment, digital media, information technology, and major sports leagues with vested interests in telecommunications policy, regulatory, and legislative matters. In this role, he advances the company’s positions and analyzes emerging technologies, consumer and industry trends and related telecommunications policy issues.
In addition to his entertainment and digital media responsibilities, Reed manages relations with telecommunications equipment manufacturers and suppliers, business and tech associations, consumer device companies, strategic partners, government agencies and community groups important to the policy process. He also oversees Verizon Foundation activities and engagements for the Pacific and North Central markets.
In the community, Reed joined the Museum of African Diaspora Board of Directors in November 2016. He is currently a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation and Tummi Boards. Reed previously serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of JUST TRYAN IT, a nonprofit organization supporting families fighting childhood cancer.
Reed is a member of the Digital Hollywood Board of Advisors to the OTT-ConnectedTV – Hollywood Alliance and also served as a member of the Consumer Technology Association Board of Industry Leaders.
Reed received his MBA from University of Maryland in May 2005. He also received an MS in Telecommunications Management from University of Maryland University College in 2001 and his BS in Business Administration from American University in 1996. Reed has also completed executive management coursework at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business.