Comcast announced this morning that Melissa Maxfield and Kathy Zachem were promoted to senior vice president roles within the company.
With these promotions, Zachem is now senior vice president of regulatory and state legislative affairs, while Maxfield is senior vice president of congressional and federal government affairs.
“Kathy and Melissa are two of the most highly respected legislative and regulatory professionals in Washington,” said Comcast executive vice president David Cohen. “Their leadership work in connection with our NBCUniversal transaction was integral to its successful completion. They have also been instrumental in building Comcast’s office in Washington, assembling an incredibly talented and deeply experienced federal and state government affairs team. These promotions are very well deserved for the remarkable work they have done on behalf of Comcast.”
Since joining Comcast in 2008, Zachem has led Comcast’s advocacy before federal agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission, and state regulatory and legislative bodies. She was previously a founding partner of the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, where she practiced communications law for 23 years.
Zachem was named as one of “Washington’s Best” lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine three years ago. She received her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from George Washington University.
Maxfield has spent most of her eight years with Comcast overseeing its congressional lobbying efforts. Prior to joining the company in 2003, she held several senior political positions, including director of Dedicated Americans for the Senate and the House PAC (DASHPAC), where she was responsible for political outreach on behalf of the Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle to Senators and Senate candidates.
Maxfield was named among the “Top Corporate Lobbyists in Washington” over the past two years by The Hill. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va.