Irene Flannery

Irene Flannery

Director, AMERIND Critical Infrastructure


Irene Flannery is the Director of AMERIND Critical Infrastructure, and leads the team in AMERIND Risk’s groundbreaking business line designed to help Tribal Nations develop and deploy the most important 21st Century critical infrastructure – high-speed “broadband” internet.

Prior to joining AMERIND, Ms. Flannery served as Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy, where she worked on policies to promote the deployment and adoption of communications services and technology throughout Tribal lands and Native communities. During her first tour of duty at the FCC, she served as Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division when the FCC created the Tribal Lands Lifeline program in 2000. She also wrote the original rules for the FCC’s E-rate program. Between tours of duty at the FCC, Ms. Flannery served as Vice President of the Universal Service Administrative Company’s (USAC) High-Cost and Low-Income Division, where she was responsible for the annual disbursement of over $5 billion in High-Cost and Lifeline subsidies.

She is a graduate of Duke University, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, and Georgetown University Law Center.