Vice President for Legal & Policy Affairs and Associate General Counsel
Matthew Gerst is the Vice President for Legal & Policy Affairs and Associate General Counsel at Internet Association. He helps lead IA’s policy efforts and advocacy to policymakers throughout the U.S. In this role, Matt builds consensus on policy positions among IA’s diverse membership of companies that lead the internet industry, including enabling internet access, innovation, and opportunity, as well as enhancing trust, safety, and security.
Matt has significant experience leading advocacy efforts before a variety of policymakers that has focused on expanding access to the internet for low-income and rural communities and empowering consumers, including enhancing safety for kids and families, and accessibility for people with disabilities. Most recently, Matt served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA, where he managed a diverse range of issues including consumer protection, public safety, network resiliency, and universal service. He has served on several of the Federal Communications Commission’s advisory committees and working groups, including the North American Numbering Council (NANC), Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC), Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC), Disability Advisory Committee (DAC), and Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). In addition, Matt served on the Universal Service Administrative Company’s Board of Directors.
Matt graduated from Ohio University and received his J.D. from New York Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of Media Law & Policy and participated in the Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute. He also served as an adjunct professor of law in the scholarly writing program at the George Washington University School of Law focusing on the Federal Communications Law Journal. Matt is admitted to the bars of New York and Washington, D.C.
Matt is a proud resident of the District of Champions, where his whole family cheers on the Washington Capitals and Nationals. He also spends time at local baseball fields and ice rinks as a player and coach.