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Adelstein to leave Rural Utilities Service for PCIA

Jonathan Adelstein

Jonathan Adelstein

Agriculture Department Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein will leave his position effective Saturday to become president and chief executive officer of PCIA — The Wireless Infrastructure Association, on Monday.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the departure in a news release in which he said that Adelstein “helped make significant investments through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and this work will strengthen rural America for decades to come.”

He also noted that Adelstein, a South Dakotan who had worked on Capitol Hill and was a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission from 2002 to 2009, has worked in the federal government for more than 25 years.

John Padalino has been designated acting administrator, Vilsack said.

Adelstein has been a long-standing advocate for wireless services and policies that improve access to and promote broadband deployment — issues that are key to economic prosperity, public safety and improving lives in an increasingly mobile world, PCIA said in a news release.

He received a master of arts degree in history and a bachelor of arts degree with distinction in political science from Stanford University, and is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. He replaces the resigning Michael T.N. Fitch, who has served as president and CEO since 2005 and is returning to Los Angeles where his family resides.