About NDIA

 

Purpose

  1. Develop and empower a community of practice of on-the-ground digital inclusion providers.
  2. Engage with affiliates and national partners to develop or identify local, state and federal policies that could impact (financially and politically) local digital inclusion programs.
  3. Educate policymakers, the media, and potential partners of the necessity of digital equity and the work of local digital inclusion programs.
  4. Support the development of research and evaluation that can inform public policy and digital inclusion programs.
Angela Siefer

Angela Siefer

Executive Director

Angela has been working in the field we now call digital inclusion since 1997. She has helped physically set up computer labs in underserved areas, managed broadband conferences, conducted research, managed digital inclusion programs, assisted with the Department of Commerce’s Broadband Adoption Toolkit, testified before a U.S. Senate Sub-Committee and more. In 2015, Angela helped found NDIA. A portfolio of her written work is at angelasiefer.com. Government Technology Magazine named Angela one of their Top 25 Doers, Dreams, and Drivers of 2019. Email Angela at angela@digitalinclusion.org

Bil Callahan

Bil Callahan

Research and Policy Director

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, a Cleveland-based nonprofit working on strategies to overcome the digital exclusion of lower-income citizens and communities.  Email Bill at bill@connectyourcommunity.org.

In the Media

Broadband access isn't just a rural issue. We need a national solution.

Op-Ed by Angela Siefer and Francella Ochillo (Next Century Cities)
From The Tenneseean October 12th, 2019

"You can’t tell me that 15 million people don’t think the internet is useful" - Angela Siefer

‘“The cruel irony of the digital divide” in Colorado: Urban poor are left behind even as access, technology improves’ The Colorado Sun, September 6th, 2019

Caitlin Schwartz

Caitlin Schwartz

Operations Manager

Caitlin started her work fighting social and environmental injustices in 2010 when she joined AmeriCorps NCCC. During this year she completed humanity relief projects across the south, including fighting wildland fires! Since graduating from the program, Caitlin has continued to work with non-profits focusing on social issues and completed her degree in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at The Ohio State University. Caitlin strives to continue her service by working to assure all people have access to the jobs and knowledge provided by internet services. Email Caitlin at caitlin@digitalinclusion.org.

Matthew Kopel

Matthew Kopel

Webmaster, Technologist

Matthew began working with NDIA in 2016 leading the Digital Inclusion Corps program. In addition to his current work maintaining NDIA’s website and behind-the-scenes tools and projects, Matthew works for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY at both the Library and the University Press. He holds a BA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MSLIS from Drexel university.

Email Matthew at matthew@digitalinclusion.org.

Andrew Doan

Andrew Doan

Intern

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 andrew@digitalinclusion.org

Shauna Edson

Shauna Edson

Fellow

Shauna is the Digital Inclusion Coordinator at The Salt Lake City Public Library. She leads the library’s digital inclusion initiative, the Tech League, and works with library staff and community partners to create long-term digital inclusion programming in the communities the Library’s eight locations serve. Shauna is a contributing author to Tech For All: Moving Beyond the Digital Divide (2019), and has spoken nationally and internationally on digital equity, digital literacies, and digital storytelling. She is an Associate Instructor at the University of Utah, serves as the Chairwoman for Utah Communities Connect: Utah’s Digital Alliance, and as the Planning Team Lead for NDIA’s Digital Inclusion Week. Email Shauna at shauna@digitalinclusion.org.

Tianca Crocker

Tianca Crocker

Fellow

Tianca Crocker is a macro social worker and applied researcher motivated by the eradication of systemic poverty. Tianca is an Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on ICT policies that enable digital equity for economic opportunity and social service modernization. Prior to joining NDIA, she served as a Digital Inclusion Fellow at Austin Free-Net and as a Mozilla Open Leader focused on open data initiatives in Ghana. Tianca is a proud Virginia native with a penchant for crab cakes, yock, and muscadine grapes. Email Tianca at tianca@digitalinclusion.org.

Munirih Jester

Munirih Jester

Fellow

Munirih has extensive experience in developing, funding, implementing digital inclusion strategies. In her 3 years managing SAHA’s Connecthome program, Munirih developed innovative strategies that allowed the program to deliver digital skills training, free computer devices and connectivity to over 2000 residents. Munirih and her programs has been recognized by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NARHO) with the Program Innovation Award in 2018. She also received the 2019 Digital Equity Champion Award from the National Benton Foundation as a Rising Leader in Digital Inclusion and the 2019 Innovation Award from the San Antonio Housing Authority. Currently, Munirih works for the City of San Antonio as Planning Coordinator under the Neighborhood and Housing Services Department. 

Email Munirih at munirih@digitalinclusion.org

NDIA Board of Directors

Laura Breeden, Digital Inclusion Advocate, NDIA Board Chair
Amina Fazlullah, Mozilla Fellow, NDIA Policy Advisor, NDIA Board Vice-Chair
Luke Swarthout, Director of Policy, New York Public Library, NDIA Board Secretary
Elizabeth Lindsay, Executive Director, Byte Back, NDIA Board Treasurer

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, Assistant Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University