Meet the SHLB Team

John Windhausen Jr., Executive Director

John WindhausenRegarded as the leading champion for anchor institution broadband before policymakers at every level of government, John Windhausen founded the SHLB Coalition in 2009. In prior years, he served as president of the Association for Local Telecommunications Services, and general counsel at the Competition Policy Institute. In his role as senior counsel to the 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 sits on the board of directors for the Michigan Collegiate Telecommunications Association (MiCTA) and 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

Alicja Johnson has served as SHLB’s Communications Specialist since 2018. Prior to joining SHLB, Ms. Johnson interned with the communications team at BSA | The Software Alliance. As an avid writer, she has also worked with several print and online media outlets. Ms. Johnson graduated cum laude from  George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies.