Jeffrey (Jeff) Sural

Broadband Infrastructure Office Director

Jeff joined the Department of Information Technology in January 2015 as the Director of the Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO). With the stated mission of creating the nation’s first giga-state by 2021, BIO leads the statewide initiative to expand high-speed internet access for all North Carolinians, focusing its resources on underserved rural communities.

The office provides policy recommendations and guidance to government leaders and key stakeholders to foster broadband infrastructure expansion, adoption, and use. Through the use of on-the-ground technical advisors, the team provides assistance to local government leaders working to facilitate broadband expansion in their communities. The office includes the state’s FirstNet public safety education and outreach program.

A native of Greensboro, Jeff has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney and public policy expert working at the state and federal levels on issues. Prior to joining DIT, Jeff was a member of the Legislative and Public Policy Group at Alston & Bird LLP in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. He also served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Congressman Vernon Ehlers, and as Assistant Majority Counsel for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UNC - Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.