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NG9-1-1 Institute Announces Wesley K. Wright as New Executive Director; Kathleen Slattery as Deputy Director

Washington, DC - The Next Generation 911 Institute (NG911 Institute), a not-for-profit organization that supports the mission of the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus, announces the selection of Wesley K. Wright, Esq. as its new Executive Director. Kathleen M. Slattery will serve as its new Deputy Director.

Mr. Wright, a Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, will continue serving clients for the Washington, DC-based law firm. At Keller and Heckman Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions, including compliance with rules related to 911 reliability and call handling, telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), private wireless licensing, and other related obligations. Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC and has advocated policy positions on the 911 reliability rules, Network Outage Reporting requirements, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), and other rulemaking proceedings.

Ms. Slattery, also an attorney in the Telecommunications Practice at Keller and Heckman, counsels corporate clients and trade associations on matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions, including compliance with 911 rules and telecommunications service provider regulations.

As Executive Director to the NG911 Institute, Mr. Wright will work closely with the Institute’s Board to continue promoting public awareness of Next Generation 9-1-1 and emergency communications issues. He will support the organization by providing outreach, education and support to the Congressional Caucus on NG9-1-1 and emergency communications issues.

“The NG-911 Institute Board is pleased to have Mr. Wright join the Institute as its new Executive Director,” said Joseph Marx, Chairman of the Institute’s Board. “Wesley’s vast experience and enthusiasm will be a great benefit to the Institute and the public safety community.” Marx added.

“I am thrilled to be working with Joe and the rest of the Board to support the Institute’s important mission,” Wright said. “I am excited to help raise awareness of critical 9-1-1 issues and help advance the deployment of NG9-1-1 systems across the country. I can’t wait to get started!”

The NG9-1-1 Institute supports the mission of the Congressional NG9-1-1 Caucus to promote public awareness of NextGen 9-1-1 and emergency communications issues and serves the Caucus as a clearinghouse of information on NG9-1-1 and emergency communications issues. In addition to hosting educational forums and serving as a daily resource to Members of Congress and their staff, the Institute’s activities include:

  • Annual Honor Awards Gala – recognizing heroes and leaders in 9-1-1. The event, held at the Rayburn House Office Building, is widely attended by Members and staff of the Congressional NG9-1-1 Caucus, U.S. Congress, federal agencies, the national public safety community, and general public, and features examples of leadership and bravery in emergency response from across the country.
  • NG9-1-1 Tech Fair – brings the leading technology solution vendors to Capitol Hill to demonstrate the latest innovations in emergency communications technology for Members of Congress, federal agencies, and public safety leaders. 

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About the NG911 Institute

The NG911 Institute ( is a not-for-profit organization, which supports the efforts of the Congressional NextGen 911 Caucus.  The mission of the NG911 Institute is to assist the Congressional NextGen 911 Caucus by serving as a broad educational resource on issues important to the effective operation and advancement of NG911 services and systems. The overarching objective of the Institute is to advance the rapid implementation of NG911 in order to promote more effective emergency response, improve public safety, and advance national security interests. To this end, the Institute seeks to educate Congressional Members and staff on issues that may impact timely and effective NG911 implementation.