Charles M. Firestone
Charles M. Firestone, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, and Vice President, The Aspen Institute, joined the Aspen Institute as executive director in 1989. Since then, the program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership; the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions; and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest. Charlie also served as the Aspen Institute's Executive Vice President for policy programs and international activities for three years. Previously, he was director of the Communications Law Program and Adjunct Professor of Law at UCLA, the first President of the Los Angeles Board of Telecommunications Commissioners, and a communications attorney. Charlie has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and many in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.