Gigi Sohn

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Gigi Sohn
A photo of Gigi Sohn from the Public Knowledge IP3 awards event in 2012
Sohn in 2012
OccupationU.S. Federal Communications Commission (special counsel)[1]
Spouse(s)Lara Ballard (2007 - )[2]

Gigi Sohn was the president and co-founder (with Laurie Racine and David Bollier) of Public Knowledge.[3] She used to work for the Ford Foundation.[4] In 2013, Tom Wheeler hired her into a senior staff position at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[1] She left there shortly after Donald Trump's election as President of the U. S. In July 2017, she held fellowship positions with Georgetown Law's Institute for Technology Law & Policy, Open Society Foundations, and Mozilla.[5]


She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Broadcasting and Film and earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a Non-Resident Fellow at the University of Southern California Annenberg Center, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Sohn was executive director of the Media Access Project, a public interest law firm.[6] She is known for her "personal relationships with power players all over the capital."[7]

Sohn is an EFF Pioneer Award winner.[8] In November 2013, she was hired by the FCC as special counsel for external affairs.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sohn married her wife Lara Ballard in August 2007.[2] Sohn has a daughter whom she adopted at the age of 9 months in 2004.


  1. ^ a b c Wyatt, Edward (2013-11-05). "FCC's Chief Hires a Critic of the Agency". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  2. ^ a b Kurlantzick, Joshua (2008-04-11). "A Red Carpet for Gay Weddings". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  3. ^ "Gigi Sohn, President and Co-Founder of Public Knowledge". Stanford Law School. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  4. ^ "Annual Report 2000" (PDF). Ford Foundation. April 2001. p. 17. ISSN 0071-7274. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  5. ^ Brodkin, Jon (July 12, 2017), How to write a meaningful FCC comment supporting net neutrality: Former FCC official explains how to get your point across to Ajit Pai, Ars Technica, retrieved 2017-07-27
  6. ^ Albanese, Andrew Richard (2008-07-15). "LJ Q&A: Knowledge is Power-Gigi Sohn". Library Journal. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  7. ^ Jerome, Sara (2010-12-15). "Head of consumer group takes on FCC's net neutrality plan". The Hill. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  8. ^ "EFF Honors Craigslist, Gigi Sohn, and Jimmy Wales with Pioneer Awards". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2014-06-20.

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