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One Mic Stand: Meet Alka Patel, Comcast VP of Government Affairs

Interview by Jonathan Kersting

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In September, Alka Patel was named Vice President of Government and External Affairs for Comcast’s Keystone Region, which comprises western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the Maryland panhandle. In Patel’s role, she leads a team responsible for engaging with the region’s local, state and federal government officials as well as other key stakeholders, including non-profit partners with a focus on community investment.

She brings more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of technology, business and law. She most recently served as the first Chief of Responsible AI for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. Previously, she was the inaugural executive director of the Digital Transformation and Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

Listen to Patel detail Comcast's work and commitment to building digital equity here in the Pittsburgh region and abroad through initiatives, including Internet EssentialsEmergency Broadband Benefit, Lift Zones Comcast RISE and so many more.