WIA – Industry Intermediary
An Industry Intermediary serves as a conduit between employers, industry partners, and the United States Department of Labor to accelerate apprenticeship program development and help broker new sector-based apprenticeship partnerships at the regional and national level. Intermediaries are uniquely positioned to convene employers and other key partners to determine workforce trends and can assist in blending and braiding customized services and incentive funding to grow the demand for new apprenticeship programs.
The technical assistance provided to each participating employer by WIA eases the administrative burden of program startup. Contact WIA to schedule an overview of the employer registration process.
Jonathan S. Adelstein – Program Sponsor
Jonathan S. Adelstein is the President & CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA). WIA represents nearly 200 companies devoted to building wireless broadband facilities that connect every corner of America. Since he became President in 2012, over 100 new members have joined the association, the annual wireless infrastructure show has broken participation records, a new association was formed in Europe, and a new nationwide training initiative and WIA PAC were launched. WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its members include carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms, with a combined market cap of over $400 billion. Mr. Adelstein served as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2002 to 2009, for which he was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At the FCC he achieved bipartisan progress on issues including broadband expansion, widening access to the Internet and media diversity.
In 2009, following the FCC, Mr. Adelstein was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. There, he oversaw a $60 billion portfolio of rural electric, water, and telecommunications infrastructure loans. He spearheaded the strategic investment of nearly $7 billion under the Recovery Act into rural broadband and water infrastructure, as part of annual budgets of up to $15 billion.
As a member of the Obama Administration, Mr. Adelstein was appointed as a member of the White House National Science and Technology Council, which coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal government, and the White House Business Council, leading Council meetings with business leaders across America.
Previously, Mr. Adelstein held a number of legislative staff positions over 15 years in the U.S. Senate, culminating as a senior policy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader. Mr. Adelstein received an M.A. in History and a B.A., with Distinction, in Political Science from Stanford University. He attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and served as a Teaching Fellow in history at Harvard University and a Teaching Assistant at Stanford University. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover. He was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. An avid musician, he has performed with artists from local garage bands to members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He currently lives with his wife and two children in the Washington, D.C. area.
Tim House – Program Director
Tim House is Executive Vice President of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA). He leads the teams responsible for the association’s workforce development, meetings and events and membership initiatives and oversees day-to-day operations directing the finance and administration team.
Tim joined the association in 2007 and has been a key contributor to the evolution of the organization to the industry’s leading voice on all things connectivity.
Prior to joining WIA, Tim spent nearly a decade at Discovery Communications Inc., where he was primarily responsible for developing consumer product marketing strategies for Discovery’s hit shows. His campaigns produced three New York Times® Best Sellers and have been featured in Ad Age, USA Today, TV Guide, The Washington Post and the New York Times.
A native Washingtonian, Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Cable from The Pennsylvania State University. He was inducted into Gonzaga College High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 for his accomplishments in Track and Field.
Deb Bennett – Director of Apprenticeship
Deb Bennett is responsible for the overall administrative operation of TIRAP and compliance with National Standards. She works directly with participating employers to coordinate a wide range of activities related to the registration process. Contact Deb at email@example.com to learn more about TIRAP and the registration process.
Amy-Gabrielle Bartolac – Media Relations
As Public Affairs Manager and Spokesperson, Amy-Gabrielle advocates for responsible wireless infrastructure deployment through media strategy. Leading WIA’s media relations, public affairs, and external marketing and communications, she communicates legislative, regulatory, and industry priorities in wireless to congressional offices, the media, the public, and relevant stakeholders.
Prior to her role at WIA, Amy-Gabrielle served as Marketing and Communications Manager at the American Bakers Association, where she led ABA’s digital communications advocacy with an emphasis on driving social media strategy by leveraging metrics for message optimization.
She earned her master’s degree at Georgetown University in Language and Communication with a concentration in Political Communication. During pursuit of her master’s degree, she conducted research on the relationship between presidential language and the news cycle, while gaining experience in Capitol Hill press offices, the National Restaurant Association, and a presidential campaign.
You can usually find Amy-Gabrielle at the golf course keeping her NCAA college golf game up to par. As an advocate for mobile connectivity, she enjoys staying connected in English or in French.