Angela envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the Internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities. Since 1997 Angela has worked on digital inclusion issues with local community organizations, the National Telecommunications Information Administration, state governments, and the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition. A portfolio of her written work is at angelasiefer.com. Email Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research and Policy Coordinator
Bill has been active in local and national efforts to promote digital empowerment for low income people and communities since 1996, when he organized Cleveland’s first neighborhood technology center and home computer ownership program. More recently Bill directed one of the largest sustainable broadband adoption initiatives funded by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. He now directs Connect Your Community 2.0, a collaborative of digital inclusion practitioners in Cleveland and Detroit. Email Bill at email@example.com.
Intern; Policy Development
Andrew is a student at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. At his University, he serves as both President of the Interfraternity Council and President of his Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He is working on a degree in Accounting and Finance, but has a passion for public policy. During the summer of 2016 he interned at Senator Pat Roberts’ office in Washington D.C. Andrew is also Bi-lingual in Vietnamese and English. Email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew is a librarian and web literacy advocate. He has worked since 2014 on issues of digital inclusion and professional development at libraries across New York. Before that Matthew worked in academic publishing, and remains engaged with open access scholarly communications through his work as Managing Editor of the Journal of New Librarianship. In addition to his role managing the IMLS-funded Digital Inclusion Corps, Matthew handles a variety of other projects for NDIA, including a revamp of their web properties. Matthew is based in Ithaca, NY. Email Matthew at email@example.com
Mary Beth Henry
Former Director of the City of Portland’s Office for Community Technology, Mary Beth Henry initiated and oversaw development of Portland’s Broadband Strategic Plan and Digital Equity Action Plan. In 2016, she was selected to present a peer-reviewed paper Connecting to Our Future: The Digital Livable City at the International Making Cities Livable conference in Rome, Italy. She has received two awards from NATOA, where she has previously served as both a board member and President: 2016 Broadband Visionary of the Year and Strategic Plan of the Year. Mary Beth also served on the governor-appointed Oregon Broadband Advisory Council from 2009-2016. Email Mary Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPASS Summer Policy Intern
Jana is a Ph.D. Candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She earned her B.S. from Cornell University in Communication and Development Sociology with Minors in American Indian Studies and Inequality Studies. Her doctoral research focuses on health communication, particularly access to health information in rural communities and implications for health equity. For her dissertation, she conducted fieldwork in rural Alaska and on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, studying the role of tribal radio stations in informing remote, rural populations with very limited broadband and media access. This summer, Jana will be joining NDIA as a Consortium on Media Policy Studies (COMPASS) Fellow, doing research and compiling reports to support the NDIA’s work.
NDIA Directing Council
Laura Breeden, Digital Inclusion Advocate, NDIA Directing Council Chair
Amina Fazlullah, NDIA Policy Advisor, NDIA Directing Council Vice-Chair (Email Amina at email@example.com)
Amy Sample Ward, Executive Director, NTEN, NDIA Directing Council Treasurer
Luke Swarthout, Director of Adult Education Services, New York Public Library, NDIA Directing Council Secretary
Carrie Coogan, Director of Public Affairs and Community of Readers, Kansas City Public Library
John Windhausen, Executive Director, SHLB Coalition
Kami Griffiths, Executive Director, Community Technology Network
Susan Corbett, CEO, Axiom Technology and Axiom Education & Training Center
Wanda Davis, Executive Director, Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center
Roberto Gallardo, Associate Extension Professor, Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach
- Build a national organization of local, regional and national broadband adoption providers, advocates and individual supporters.
- Develop and empower a community of practice of on-the-ground broadband adoption providers.
- Engage with affiliates and national partners to develop or identify local, state and federal policies that strengthen (financially and politically) local broadband adoption programs.
- Keep affiliates informed about current and proposed local, state and federal polices that may impact local broadband adoption programs.
- Engage with affiliates and national partners to create new philanthropic and corporate digital inclusion partnerships.
- Support the development of research and evaluation that can inform public policy and digital inclusion programs.
Non-profit organizations, libraries and local government working on broadband adoption programs have long discussed the need for a national coalition. The time is now. The FCC’s expansion of Lifeline to include a broadband subsidy, their overall interest in increasing broadband adoption and increased attention to digital inclusion at local, state and national levels creates a unique opportunity.
We welcome new affiliates, partners and sponsors.