Wiley Rein LLP


Hilda G. Legg
Areas of Specialty
  • Rural Economic Development
Education
  • M.A., Western Kentucky University
  • B.S., Campbellsville College
  • Senior Executive Program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Hilda G. Legg

CONSULTANT

202.719.3538  |  hlegg@wileyrein.com


Ms. Legg serves as a consultant to Wiley Rein LLP. She is a former Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and a prominent broadband advocate and champion.  She specializes in strategy development and deployment, with emphasis on economic development in rural communities. Ms. Legg has assisted firm clients in obtaining approximately $450 million in broadband stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Consultant, Legg Strategies (2005-2009).
    • Served as a Rural Advocate for ubiquitous broadband deployment in the regulatory, financial, and public policy arenas.  Served as a public relations advisor for telecommunications strategies toward FCC compliance.
    • Serves as Vice-Chair, Broadband Properties Magazine.  Encouraging buildout of high-speed nationwide broadband connectivity.
    • Advised on a national marketing effort for Connect Kentucky, a public/private partnership aimed at encouraging broadband development, ultimately at a national level.  Promoted the need to identify/map broadband existence, launch local plans to drive Internet usage, and build alliances with telecommunications providers and others.
  • Administrator, Rural Utilities Service (2001-2005).  Headed $9 billion agency administering loans and grants for the infrastructure needs of rural America through telecommunications and other programs.
    • Spearheaded new programs and developed rules/regulations.
    • Managed electricity program including generation, transmission, and distribution projects.
    • Initiated the first telecommunication/electricity alliance to develop non-traditional loan applications.
    • Allocated first-time funding for renewable energy.
  • Executive Director and CEO, The Center for Rural Development (1994-2001).  Assisted in the development and implementation of a telecommunication program designed to maximize technology hardware in rural communities throughout Kentucky.
  • Alternate Federal Co-Chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission (1990-1993).  Promoted economic policies for the region; assisted in the management of a $190 million budget aimed at building infrastructure and other programs relative to rural economic development.

AFFILIATIONS

  • U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (2006-Present).

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