Portrait of Sharon Gillett

Sharon Gillett

Principal Program Manager


I am a principal research program manager at Microsoft Research, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My office is located at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center near Kendall Square in the MSR New England lab. The lab brings together computer and social scientists to understand, model and enable the future of computing. I focus primarily on applications in healthcare and biomedicine, crafting internal and external partnerships to foster innovative research and practice in the health domain.

When I joined Microsoft in 2013, I worked on network neutrality and other connectivity strategy and policy issues, building on my experience as a senior official in federal and state government. I served as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 2009-12, the first Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (2009), and Massachusetts’ first Commissioner of Telecommunications and Cable (2007-9).  Before my government service, I was a Principal Research Associate at MIT where I researched and taught communications policy and served as Executive Director for an academic-industry partnership program. I started my career as a software engineer at BBN Communications Corp. and Thinking Machines Corp. I enjoy opportunities to bridge across professional communities, drawing upon my diverse work experience and education in business, technology and policy (Sloan MBA, MS from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and BA in Physics from Harvard).