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 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 [email protected]

Sean Davis Jr

Sean Davis Jr

Research and Policy Director

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

Program Director

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]

Paolo Balboa

Paolo Balboa

Program Manager

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. Previously he worked as a journalist and editor. 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].

Kristi Zappie-Ferradino

Kristi Zappie-Ferradino

Program Management

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]

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
[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]

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]

 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. Michaela also managed a $17 million National Institute of Health grant to increase representation in STEM fields. In the future, Michaela plans to work in the field of Public Policy to ensure that the legislature is reflective of community needs. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and trying new cuisines.
Email Michaela 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]

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 [email protected].

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 have 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 as a Rising Leader in Digital Inclusion and the 2019 Innovation Award from the San Antonio Housing Authority.
Email Munirih at [email protected]

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 [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.