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I am a PR and communications professional with two decades of corporate and agency experience. After transferring to a career in the nonprofit world several years ago, I now serve as a public affairs and communications advisor with NeighborWorks America.
My role at NeighborWorks America provides communications and public affairs guidance for hundreds of our nonprofit affordable housing and community development network members.
It is a pleasure to be part of all the valuable networking and learning experiences that NTEN has to offer, and I look forward to bringing my skills as a collaborative and creative nonprofit communications professional to support the NTEN board’s strategic goals.
Aki Shibuya is the Operations & Membership Manager at WA Women’s Foundation, a collective of informed women grantmakers who together influence community transformation. In her role, Aki is responsible for the Foundation’s member donors, database, communications, and technology. Previously, she fulfilled a variety of roles at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), a national membership organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for underserved AAPI communities to build a more just and equitable society. She also taught English at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and at one point ran one of the largest Crocodile Hunter fansites on the Internet (Simply Croc Hunter). In Seattle, Aki is an active member of Social Justice Fund, sits on the steering committees of Seattle’s Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and AAPIP chapters, puts on socials with the Grinnell College Puget Sound Alumni Regional Planning Committee, and helps plan Asian Counseling and Referral Services’ annual Walk for Rice event. She has also transcribed historical records to add to Densho’s online archive of documents concerning the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Aki holds a BA with Honors in History from Grinnell College, and an MA with Distinction in South East Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Deb Socia is President and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a nonprofit that nurtures innovation in Chattanooga with the goal connecting people to resources and building an inclusive community.
Growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Innovation District, building digital equity, and supporting research and implementation of smart city applications are all a part of the organization’s focus.
Prior to her current role, Deb was the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that supports community leaders as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. Previously, Deb was the Executive Director of the Tech Goes Home program in Boston whose mission is to ensure digital equity.
Deb’s early career included 32 years as an educator and administrator. She was the founding principal of the award winning Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, a Boston Public School where she led the one-to-one laptop initiative.
Deb has been the recipient of many awards for her work, including the NATOA Community Broadband Hero, the Pathfinder Award from MassCUE, the CRSTE Leadership and Vision Award, the Google Digital Inclusion Award, Motherboard Human of the Year, an NTENny Award, and the Charles Benton Digital Equity Award.
Ken Montenegro is the Technology Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights. As the technology director, Ken is responsible for ensuring technology is used to advance the programmatic objectives of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Prior to coming to the Center for Constitutional Rights, Ken was the technology director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles. He is a co-founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and of the Radical Connections Network. Ken is a graduate of the Peoples College of Law and Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild. He is a long-time activist with grassroots communities and movements, in particular around immigration and policing.
Though born, raised, and rooted in Los Angeles, Ken is now located in New York. He is part of the Guatemalan & Ecuadorian diasporas.
Ken has appeared in Wired, on Democracy Now!, presented at the Internet Freedom Festival, taught at Peoples College of Law, and is published in McSweeney’s: The End of Trust.
Meico Marquette Whitlock, Founder and CEO of Mindful Techie, is a speaker and trainer on mindfulness and technology. Meico helps purpose-driven high-achievers and organizations conquer digital distraction, news and information overload, and work-life balance so that they can live a more balanced and productive life. Meico has worked in the non-profit sector more than a decade and trained countless leaders on how to bring more balance and intention to how they live and work.
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS
Edward G Happ
Gayle Samuelson Carpentier
Jude Parker Koski
William (Bill) Lester