Meet the SHLB Team

John Windhausen Jr., Executive Director

John Windhausen

John Windhausen Jr. founded the SHLB Coalition in 2009 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As executive director, he spearheads SHLB's membership growth and shapes its broadband policy recommendations. Previously, he served as president of the Association for Local Telecommunications Services, spent nine years on Capitol Hill, and started his career as a staff attorney at the FCC. In his role as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, John was a principal staff person responsible for drafting the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and served as chief legal adviser on telecom issues to Senators Fritz Hollings and Daniel Inouye.

John has authored several papers documenting the benefits of broadband. His EDUCAUSE whitepaper, "A Blueprint for Big Broadband," resulted in the creation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). In 2012, John was named the Community Broadband Hero of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

John sits on the board of directors for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). He holds a J.D. from UCLA Law School and bachelor's degree in history from Yale University.

Emily Olson, Chief Operating Officer

Emily OlsonEmily Olson serves SHLB as the Chief Operating Officer. She has been with SHLB since 2014. Before she started working for the organization,  Ms. Olson honed her expertise in ensuring outreach effectiveness and organizational efficiency as a youth development worker in rural Morocco for the Peace Corps, as well as in her work as an emergency care coordinator for American Red Cross in Chicago. Ms. Olson graduated from North Park University and obtained her Masters' in Public Administration at George Mason University.



Alicja Johnson, Communications Specialist

As Communications Specialist, Alicja Johnson is responsible for raising the visibility of SHLB's advocacy and member successes. She coordinates and plans SHLB's creative content, including webinars, blog posts, and the monthly newsletter. Prior to joining SHLB, Alicja worked with the communications team at BSA | The Software Alliance. As an avid writer, she has been published in several print and online media outlets. Alicja graduated cum laude from George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in communication.