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Connect Ohio Announces New Executive Director at Tech Lobby Day
From the Desk of the new Executive Director …
Coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day, on Tuesday, March 17, Connect Ohio staff participated in the second annual Tech Lobby Day, hosted by Technology for Ohio’s Tomorrow. The goal of the Tech Lobby Day was to demonstrate to legislators and key staff how broadband is leading to innovation in all aspects of the Ohio economy. The legislative reception was held at the Ohio Statehouse Museum Gallery. KNOWiNK, VivioSoft, Franklin University, Whence, e-Cycle, and TECHCORPS each demonstrated how broadband and technology is impacting Ohio’s economy.
Program remarks were provided by Emily Williams, Executive Director of Technology for Ohio’s Tomorrow; Stu Johnson of Connect Ohio; and Senator Joe Uecker (District 14). During his time at the podium, Stu Johnson shared the exciting news that he would be moving into the position of Vice President for Digital Works, and I will be serving as the new Executive Director for Connect Ohio.
So, I thought I’d take a moment to officially introduce myself.
Though new to this particular role, I’m not new to the Ohio team or the digital inclusion arena. I joined Connect Ohio in April 2013 as the Program Outreach Assistant; in September of 2013 I transitioned into the role of Counsel, Broadband Research and Planning for Connected Nation, Connect Ohio’s parent nonprofit. In this role, I supported Connected Nation’s broadband planning and research and formulated policy recommendations for expanded broadband access, adoption, and use.
However, my initial introduction to this field came in 2007 when I managed nonprofit organizations enrolled in the AT&T/ One Economy AccessAll Grant Program in Ohio. The program aimed to provide low-income families throughout the state with in-home computer and Internet access. This experience laid the foundation for my entire career path, and I’ve worked on digital divide initiatives ever since!
Beyond my enthusiasm for technology and digital inclusion, I am passionate about this state and ensuring its competitiveness in the twenty-first century connected economy. I was raised in Columbus and received my J.D. and Masters in Public Policy & Management from The Ohio State University. I am a proud Buckeye and an even prouder spouse to a member of the Columbus Fire Department.
I’m excited to step into this new role and look forward to working with you to advance broadband access, adoption, and use statewide!