SHLB Welcomes Policy Counsel, Promotes Staff to Leadership Roles
May 23, 2022


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson
Director of Communications
(571) 308-6171

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2022) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition welcomed Kristen Corra as its first policy counsel to strengthen the nonprofit’s increasing advocacy work. SHLB also announced new leadership roles for existing staff: Alicja Johnson is now SHLB’s first director of communications and Meghan Lasswell steps into its director of operations role.

“Since our start in 2009, every year at the SHLB Coalition has been our busiest year of policy work to date,” said John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition. “Kristen is joining our team not a moment too soon, bringing with her a rich background in wireless and broadcast law, and most importantly, a vigorous commitment to the SHLB Coalition mission of closing the digital divide through community anchor institutions. Kristen will deepen our bench and strengthen our effectiveness on E-rate, Rural Health Care, pole attachments, spectrum, broadband mapping, and digital equity. We’re thrilled to bring her on board, particularly as we ramp up our advocacy around the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act broadband programs.

“We’re also pleased to recognize Alicja and Meghan with well-deserved promotions. Over the last four years, Alicja has significantly raised the visibility of SHLB’s advocacy work and the issues affecting community anchor institution broadband, all the while maintaining her contagious enthusiasm. Meghan joined our staff last June with optimism and a passion for problem-solving. Since then she has gone above and beyond to address every operational challenge – sometimes before one has even arisen. Eric Fredell, our director of membership, has substantially expanded our membership to well over 300 members in the last year. Now with an even stronger team, SHLB is ready to multiply our impact for anchor institutions and their communities.”

Before joining SHLB, Corra was a communications attorney at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth PLC, where she was named among Best Lawyer’s “Ones to Watch for - Communications Law” in D.C. Previously she served as a telecommunications attorney at Baker Donelson in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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About SHLB:

The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit

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