NDIA Team

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 Congress and more. In 2015, Angela helped found NDIA. Government Technology Magazine named Angela one of their Top 25 Doers, Dreams, and Drivers of 2019.
Email Angela at [email protected]

Regina (Gina) D. Cooper Benjamin

Regina (Gina) D. Cooper Benjamin

Deputy Director

Regina uses technology and data for social good. She has spent almost twenty years working in under-resourced communities and with under-served populations to close education and housing gaps. Regina serves on two boards working towards equity, inclusion, and belonging outcomes. She’s passionate about introducing Black & Brown youth to technology and coding programs. She created a “Hacking IT” where she teaches teenage girls to get loud, get political, and get tech-ing. Before completing her Master of Public Policy from Tufts University’s Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Program as a Neighborhood Fellow, Regina graduated from Wellesley College as a Davis Scholar and then earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.
Email Regina at [email protected].

Kristi Zappie-Ferradino

Kristi Zappie-Ferradino

Director of Programs and Initiatives

A passionate mission-driven leader, Kristi has focused her career in the nonprofit sector building and leveraging resources to advance positive social change in the areas of literacy, youth mentoring, civic engagement, and most recently, digital inclusion. She has extensive expertise leading the development of programs and resources designed to improve program efficiency and strengthen local impact. Most recently, she has consulted with nonprofits around strategic planning, technology project management, and digital inclusion. She served as Program Director at the Urban Libraries Council and led the launch of a system to help libraries and local governments work together to achieve community goals and narrow the digital divide.
Email Kristi at [email protected]

Paolo Balboa

Paolo Balboa

Manager of Programs and Data

Paolo began his career in public library education and outreach in 2013, first in Cleveland and most recently at the New York Public Library. He has worked with the Mozilla Foundation and a cohort of practitioners and advocates to develop a Web Literacy toolkit, and he has served as a panelist at the American Library Association Annual Conference to discuss digital literacy. He received his Masters in Library and Information Science with an emphasis on Data Visualization and User Experience from the Pratt Institute. He is an advocate for access equity in a variety of spheres, including transportation, housing, and of course, broadband. He lives in Brooklyn with his houseplants.
Email Paolo at [email protected].

Sean Davis Jr

Sean Davis Jr

Manager of Research and Policy

Sean Davis Jr graduated from GW Law C’17 and has worked in tech policy ever since. An energetic worker with a strong dedication to advocating for greater access to technology, the bulk of Sean’s experience lies in writing blogs, researching legislation, and filing comments. Prior to joining NDIA, Sean worked with the Wikimedia Foundation where he researched content moderation laws, and the National Consumers League where he advocated for a federal privacy bill. Sean is a native Washingtonian, who enjoys creative writing, going to sports games, and photography.
Email Sean @ [email protected].
Sabrina Roach

Sabrina Roach

Manager of Strategic Engagement

Sabrina Roach brings more than two decades of organizing for a media and technology ecosystem that serves all of us. She likes to herd cats from the back of the room, work collaboratively, and focus on peer and emerging leader development.  She’s spent seven years in a mix of regional and national board roles with the Alliance for Community Media (Public Access, Education, and Government TV), and seven years directing public media and tech advocacy at Brown Paper Tickets where she helped new Low Power FM radio stations to get on the air and become relevant in their neighborhoods.
Email Sabrina at [email protected]

Caitlin Schwartz

Caitlin Schwartz

Manager of Operations

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 while completing her degree in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at The Ohio State University. Caitlin strives to utilize her management and non-profit experience to continue her service by working to assure all people have access to the jobs and knowledge provided by internet services.
Email Caitlin at
[email protected].

Miles Miller

Miles Miller

Program Associate

Miles hails from the city of Cape Town, South Africa, and attended the University of Pretoria for his undergraduate and Honor’s degrees. Upon graduation, Miles was accepted into the Master’s program of Public Policy and Urban Planning at the University of Delaware, with a thesis-project focus on the bifurcation of low-income neighborhoods by Interstate highway construction. Miles has worked for the US State Department as an associate Grant Coordinator under the banner of the US-Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative, the Delaware Center for Community Research and Service, and, most recently, the Arizona Department of Economic Security as a policy analyst.
Email Miles at [email protected]

 Michaela Nicole Perez

Michaela Nicole Perez

Fellow

Michaela Perez is a first-generation Master of Public Health student at San Francisco State University. She was born and raised among the strawberry fields and coastline of Oxnard, CA. Her work encompasses research and developing policy solutions to address structural factors that create health disparities. In Summer 2020, Michaela developed a legislative plan in the City of Oakland to end the Digital Divide. She previously coordinated the Opportunities for All youth employment initiative in collaboration with San Francisco Mayor London Breed to address economic inequality. In the future, Michaela plans to work in the field of Public Policy to ensure that the legislature is reflective of community needs.
Email Michaela at [email protected].

Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan

Research and Policy Advisor

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
[email protected]

Amy Sheon

Amy Sheon

Senior Fellow

As a national thought leader on digital patient engagement, Amy wears many hats. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Urban Health Initiative at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio; as President & CEO of Public Health Innovators, LLC, and as Executive Board Member for NODE.Health, the Network of Digital Evidence for Health. Amy sees patient health portals as an immensely powerful, if underutilized public health tool, but is also sounding the alarm about the potential for health technology to exacerbate health disparities.
Email Amy at [email protected]

NDIA Board of Directors

Laura Breeden, Digital Inclusion Advocate, NDIA Board Chair
Amina Fazlullah, Digital Equity Counsel, Common Sense, 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, Director, National Digital Equity Center
Wanda Davis, Executive Director, Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center

Angela Siefer, Elizabeth Lindsay and Susan Corbett at Net Inclusion 2019.