Monica F. Azare was named a director in 2007. Ms. Azare serves as senior vice president of corporate communications for Verizon Communications. She previously served as Verizon's senior vice president of public policy and government affairs. Ms. Azare's distinguished career also includes service as vice president of federal affairs for Insight Communication, as well as chief counsel to then-House Energy and Commerce Chairman Billy Tauzin. Ms. Azare is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Corporate Counsel of Women of Color. She was a 2006-2007 David Rockefeller Fellow. Ms. Azare serves New York City Partnership Foundation board of directors and the Louisiana State University college advisory board. A Louisiana native, Ms. Azare received a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and earned her law degree from the Southern University Law Center.