Jacquelynn Ruff

Professorial Lecturer

Part-time Faculty


Jacquelynn Ruff has more than 25 years of experience in the field of international communications and information law and policy. She has been deeply engaged in global public policy around digital trade, Internet governance, regulatory frameworks for Internet-based services, expansion of broadband connectivity, and women and technology.  

She currently is consulting counsel at the law firm of Wiley Rein where she provides legal, regulatory and public policy guidance on international issues impacting telecom, media, and technology industries.  

Ms. Ruff previously was Vice President of International Government Relations and Policy at Verizon Communications where she led a group responsible for public policy development, advocacy, and guidance around international issues, including international trade. She directed Verizon’s global policy work in organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), ICANN, and the Internet Governance Forum, and regional organizations for the Americas (CITEL) and the Asia-Pacific (APEC).

In addition, she represented Verizon as a member of federal advisory committees to the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the Department of State and to the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Ruff was also a member of the boards of the U.S. Telecom Training Institute and the European-American Business Council and co-chair of the Digital Trade group of the U.S. Council for International Business and participated in the Policy and Spectrum Groups of the GSM Association. 

Ms. Ruff joined Verizon from the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where she was Associate Chief and Chief of Staff for the Bureau. Previously she practiced with the communications and Latin America groups of an international law firm and served on the staff of a United States Senate Committee.

IAFF 3190.16: Transforming Global Communications and Internet Law and Policy