John Leibovitz - Participant

John Leibovitz joined Columbia Capital, a private equity firm specializing in Internet infrastructure, enterprise IT, and wireless mobility, as a venture partner in 2016. Mr. Leibovitz advises the investment team on mobility and spectrum deals.

Previously, Mr. Leibovitz was deputy chief of the Wireless Bureau and special advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy at the FCC. He developed the spectrum strategy outlined in the National Broadband Plan and led much of its implementation, repurposing over 300 megahertz for mobile broadband and generating over $50 billion in auction proceeds. Mr. Leibovitz supervised two divisions and about 60 civil servants.

At the FCC, some of Mr. Leibovitz’s projects included: development of wireless service rules for the broadcast incentive auction, formation of the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service, initiation of the FCC's "Spectrum Frontiers" proceeding, creation of the AWS-3 and AWS-4 bands, and supervision of the 14th Mobile Wireless Competition Report.

Prior to the FCC, Mr. Leibovitz helped launch the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform working group for President Obama’s transition team. Before that, he was a wireless entrepreneur and strategy consultant. Mr. Leibovitz started his business career with McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Leibovitz has written about tech and telecom policy in the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. He has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Background

Organization

Columbia Capital

Title

Venture Partner