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Larry Irving

The Irving Group
President & CEO
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Larry Irving produced the first empirical study proving the existence of the “Digital Divide.” This groundbreaking research sparked global efforts to begin bridging the divide and continues to be widely cited today by those studying Internet access around the world. As the assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) during the Clinton Administration, Irving helped establish some of the earliest and most foundational U.S. domestic and international Internet policies, including those supporting universal Internet access, private investment, competition, open access and “light touch” regulation. Irving is the president and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications and information technology companies, foundations and non-profit organizations. From 2009 to 2011, he also served as vice president for global government affairs for the Hewlett-Packard Company, at the time the world’s largest technology company. He also was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s technology team. Irving is a graduate of Northwestern University where he is president-elect of the University’s Alumni Association and serves on the University’s Board of Trustees, and Stanford Law School where he was elected president of his graduating class and currently serves on the Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Education Networks of America, ReliabilityFirst and the Texas Tribune. In September, 2019, Irving was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for his work identifying and advocating solutions to the “Digital Divide.” He is the first African American elected to the Internet Hall of Fame.