Rachael Bender is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Federal Regulatory and Legal Affairs at Verizon.  Previously, she was Legal Advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai for wireless, international, and engineering issues at the Federal Communications Commission.  She joined the Chairman’s office from the Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau where she focused on broadband infrastructure deployment and competition issues.  Prior to government service, Ms. Bender spent over five years at wireless trade association Mobile Future and was a law clerk at CTIA.  She graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law with a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies and from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Government and Politics.