Job Title: Acting Division Chief
Organization: NTIA, OICG, U.S. Department of Commerce Tribal Broadband Connectivity and Nation-to-Nation Coordination Division
Margaret Gutierrez joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in October 2015. Margaret Gutierrez currently serves as the Acting Division Chief with NTIA’s Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, Tribal Broadband Connectivity and Nation-to-Nation Coordination Division. As the Acting Division Chief, Margaret provides administrative oversight of all TBCP activities involving applications, awards, reporting, and other programmatic functions. Margaret assists in developing strategies to engage with Tribal governments and Tribal community groups on NTIA high speed internet grant programs and policy issues. In this role, she anticipates and identifies potential or actual problems relating to the achievement of program goals and tribal consultation and coordination. Additionally, she serves as a technical liaison between various government agencies, tribal governments, contractors, and external customers to ensure comprehensive engagement for Tribal stakeholders in the high-speed internet planning and funding process. Prior to her Acting Division Chief role, Margaret spent 6 years as the Tribal Liaison for NTIA, FirstNet and served as the principal point of contact for tribes in FEMA regions I-VIII. Margaret is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (Oklahoma). Margaret is the first Native American graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security program and holds a Master’s in Security Studies. She is a Professor in the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management at Cal State University Long Beach.