Before the age of 40, attorney, business-owner and adviser Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt accomplished quite a bit on a national level and is currently on her fourth career as a columnist/blogger and social media personality.
Currently, she is the founder of Picnoi, a stock photography startup.
Author /Writer- In recent years, she contributed and was a co-author on a book for teens, “Drug Abuse” and has contributed to a couple legal journals and has published her own journal article in the CommLaw Conspectus law journal. Since then, she has authored numerous columns and news pieces in her (now-defunct) influential Washington Times column The Politics of Raising Children and as the politics, Washington, Congress and White House correspondent for sites like Politic365.com and UrbanFaith.com. Her work has been syndicated on The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, News One, Jack and Jill Politics, The Washington Informer, The Dallas Weekly, and several other sites.
Jeneba holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park’s top journalism college (1995). While an undergrad, she was an editor at a college news paper, was a Baltimore Sun scholarship first runner up, and a US News & World Report intern. In law school, she published a journal article in the CommLaw Conspectus communications law journal on radio-frequency guidelines related to telecommunications tower siting. She was on the Editorial Board of the journal and served as the Senior Notes and Comments Editor.
Tech Specialist- Jeneba first got into tech in 1987 when she attended the award-winning Eleanor Roosevelt High School for Science and Technology in Greenbelt, MD, taking early computer language courses like BASIC and COBOL. Later, in 1991 at the start of the “World Wide Web”, she curated content for one of the first websites in US history at the University of Maryland’s Office of Technology.
And since founding her poli-tech blog Jenebaspeaks.com in 2010 and launching its accompanying Twitter account of the same name, Jeneba has advised start-ups and advocated on behalf of new entrepreneurs. She has written extensively on the intersection of technology and politics. She has also been recognized as an influential in this field and has attended several tech inclusion sessions on invitation of The White House. She was also an attendee and participant in the inaugural NewME conference before it evolved into the phenomenal one-of-a-kind incubator it is now. She has assisted several radio station clients fulfill their regulatory compliance requirements and helped a few acquire noncommercial educational licenses when the FCC last opened a window for new licensees.
In Press – When she founding her law firm, The Ghatt Law Group, in 2005, it was the first law firm started by minority women in US history. She was highlighted in feature stories in The Washington Business Journal, Broadcasting & Cable, American Lawyer magazine, Small Lawyer magazine, Inside Radio periodical and DC Bar magazine. She has also been quoted as an expert and influencer in the Washington Post, CNN.com, Uptown magazine, E!Online, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Minnesota Independent and several other sites.
As an influential social media personality and respected columnist, sites like Yahoo! Politics, The Atlantic, BET.com, Politico, MS News.com, FishBowl DC, and The White House Blog and others have included her in round ups of commentary and thoughts by respected journalists among established and well-known national figures.
Speaker – Jeneba has spoken on national platforms including at the largest annual gathering of progressives in the US at Netroots Nation, at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual Legislative Conference, at a conference on piracy on personal invitation from the nation of Jamaica’s Broadcast Commission (their version of our Federal Communications Commission), at the National Association of MultiEthnictiy in Communications, and was a featured speaker at Yale Law School and Penn State’s College of Telecommunications
Radio /TV Guest – Jeneba has appeared as a frequent guest on nationally syndicated terrestrial and satellite radio stations and shows including Sirius XM POTUS channel’s Showdown 2012, New School with Charles Ellison, The Mario Armstrong Show, The Cliff Kelley Show on WVON 1690 AM Detroit and syndicated on Hot 107.5FM, Voice of Russia, The Jesse Peterson show and The Tech Talk Show on WOL-AM 1450, DC.
Lawyer –After earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Maryland’s top 10 journalism program, she went on to earn two law degrees: A juris doctor at the Catholic University of America (and a Certificate in Communications Law studies) and a Master of Law in Advocacy at the Georgetown University Law Center, while working as a staff attorney and instructor at its #2 nationwide-ranked Institute for Communications Law Studies.
She then did a 4-year stint at Willkie Farr & Gallagher a top 100 AmLaw International law firm, and for a couple years after taught as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, the University of Maryland, teaching Media Law and guest spoke at Penn State’s College of Telecommunications and Yale Law School. At Willkie, she worked with clients Motorola, AOL Time Warner, Bloomberg Radio and TV, HBO, Adelphia Communications and Lucent Technologies. While at the firm, she received a Distinguished Pro Bono Award for her work on housing issues affecting the District of Columbia’s immigrant population. While a staff attorney at the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center, she advocated on behalf of clients including the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Association for the Deaf, the Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Media Coalition.
Jeneba then joined the small staff at the District of Columbia’s Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications as an Assistant General Counsel. She represented then-mayor, Anthony Williams (successor to Marion Barry) and the City when negotiating franchise agreements with cable companies Comcast and Starpower. At one point during her brief career there was the only communications regulatory attorney in the city. She’d lobby the DC council, which at that point included a man who a year later would become the mayor himself, Adrian Fenty.
She started her own law firm, The Ghatt Law Group, while jointly representing a Grammy-nominated artist and fledgling cable networks as a publicist in her own PR firm, JJ Ghatt Public Relations.
Her successes include representing the National Hispanic Media Coalition in a case that led to the largest fine in history against a broadcast network for violating children’s television laws. She also successfully represented small minority and women-owned businesses and national civil rights organizations (The Benton Foundation, RainbowPUSH, NAACP, National Hispanic Media Coalition, The Urban League, NOW Foundation and others) in a case that went to two federal circuit courts and eventually the United States Supreme Court.
Journalist/Blogger– Today, Jeneba has returned to her initial love and passion, writing and advocacy. She recently penned a column at the Washington Times that covered the intersection politics and raising children in a political era and town. She also is chief editor and contributor to her own Poli-tech blog, Jenebaspeaks.com, which covers the intersection of politics and technology and is widely read by the investment, political, new and old media industry professionals. She has been the Washington correspondent for the political site, Politic365.com and is currently the correspondent for UrbanFaith.com.
Jeneba moderates several social media groups and authors several blogs. She resides in Maryland with her husband and three young children.
Jeneba is available for speaking engagements, white paper drafting, social media engagement, diversity training and to perform a host of other services. Visit her on her personal website at JJGhatt.com