Robert Mayer is Vice-President of Industry and State Affairs with the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) with responsibility for leading cyber and national security policy, State relations and coordinating various regulatory initiatives for the wireline broadband industry. He is past chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) and currently chairs the CSCC Cybersecurity Committee. Mayer currently co-leads the Multi-Association Framework Development Initiative that represents over 30 major U.S trade associations on cybersecurity risk management policy issues. In June 2015, Mayer was appointed to the FCC Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC V) after having led a 100 person team of cybersecurity professionals who produced a landmark report to adapt the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to five industry segments within the sector. Mayer serves as a “senior” industry official on the U.S Government’s Unified Cyber Coordination Group (UCG) which coordinates national incident responses for major cyber events.
Mayer served as a top telecommunications official for New York State as the Director of Telecommunications for the New York Public Service Commission from 2003 to 2007. In that capacity, he led several major initiatives including regulatory reform efforts and he created a new agency department that focused exclusively on network reliability and public safety matters. Prior to this appointment, Mayer was the lead regulatory practitioner in the Telecommunications and Cable Group at KPMG Consulting and was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting. Before that Mayer worked as a financial analyst in the international telecommunications divisions of Chase Manhattan Bank and JP Morgan. After law school, he was an attorney with the New York City Corporation Counsel where led a team that rewrote municipal rules for all City agencies following a major Supreme Court decision. Prior to that he served in the US Air Force supervising intelligence and communications operations at NATO Headquarters, Southern Europe in Italy. He received his B.A from Albany State University, his MA in Information Management from Central Michigan University, his MBA from Boston University, and his J.D from New York Law School.