The Digital Equity Certificate Advisory Committee is a group of the foremost digital inclusion leaders, thinkers, and doers. They advise NTEN as we develop and grow the program over its first year.
Aneta serves as a champion for the cause of digital inclusion in every setting she finds herself in. She is a former two-time NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellow where she caught the digital inclusion "fever" and has been working to bring attention to this important cause ever since. After completing her term with the Fellowship, she began serving as the Program Manager for Connected Churches. The Connected Churches program is an initiative powered by Google and anchored by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. The program seeks to empower underrepresented communities through the church by making technology accessible in a trusted, proximate, and familiar environment in hopes of bridging the digital divide and driving opportunities for communities underrepresented in technology. Aneta coordinated digital literacy programming in 22 churches in six cities across the country.
In 2020, Aneta will continue to serve a Digital Inclusion Specialist and independent contractor for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Connected Churches initiative. Aneta is an Atlanta, GA native. She enjoys traveling the country, educating the public about digital inequity and inclusion and being a superior Jedi Master to her Padawan Apprentice - Isaiah and her Jedi youngling - Joya.
Angela Siefer is the Executive Director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. Angela has been working in the field we now call digital inclusion since 1997. From physically set up computer labs in underserved areas and managing local digital inclusion programs to assisting with the Department of Commerce’s Broadband Adoption Toolkit and testifying before a U.S. Senate Sub-Committee, Angela develops national strategies and solutions from the ground up. In 2015, Angela helped found the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. Government Technology Magazine named Angela one of their Top 25 Doers, Dreams, and Drivers of 2019.
Leon Wilson serves as the Chief for Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer for the Cleveland Foundation, focusing on strategic initiatives that will help position the foundation as a leader in the use of technology in all areas of its work. In addition, Leon is responsible for helping to develop and implement an external Cleveland Foundation IT strategy that will focus on elevating Cleveland to become a recognized leader in technology, particularly in the areas of cybersecurity, big data, and civic tech. Leon brings more than 20 years of senior-level technology experience to the foundation and our community.
Munirih Jester has been working on Digital Inclusion efforts for the past 5 years where she had the opportunity to work with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on CRA publication, serve as Google Fiber and NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellow, act as Connecthome program manager at the San Antonio Housing Authority. Munirih is also one of the founders and longest-standing steering members of the City of San Antonio Digital Inclusion Alliance. Currently, Munirih works for the City of San Antonio as a Housing Policy Planning Coordinator and supports the national digital inclusion efforts as an NDIA Fellow. Munirih is originally from Brazil but has called the U.S home for over 16 years where she developed an educational background in Public Policy, Nonprofit Management, and Urban and Regional Planning.
Munirih has extensive experience in developing, funding, implementing digital inclusion strategies. During the 3 years managing SAHA’s Connecthome program, she successfully developed innovative strategies that allowed the program to more than double its service delivery of digital skills training, free computer devices and connectivity, reaching over 2000 low-income families. Some of her innovative initiatives include the development of a solar-powered WiFi network, digital literacy passport program, working creatively with financial institutions to gain support under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), and engage, train and hire the residents to serve as Digital Ambassadors.
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 from the National Benton Foundation as a Rising Leader in Digital Inclusion and the 2019 Innovation Award from the San Antonio Housing Authority.
Parisa Fatehi-Weeks is Head of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact for Google Fiber. In this role, she manages the team of Government and Community Affairs Managers (GCAMs) who lead the municipal government engagement and community impact partnerships in our 11 Google Fiber cities. She also leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy for Google Fiber.
Parisa previously served as staff attorney at Public Advocates, a nonprofit civil rights law firm in San Francisco, where she advocated for greater access to affordable housing and public transit for low-income communities and communities of color. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to federal Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore, and a Management Fellow in the Austin City Manager’s Office. Her prior experience also includes time in Washington, D.C., where she worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on greenhouse gas emission reduction. She serves on the Boards of Directors for nonprofits HousingWorks Austin and Workers Defense Project (Proyecto Defensa Laboral), for which she serves as Board President. She is a graduate of UT-Austin, where she was student body president and received her B.A., J.D. and Master’s in public affairs.
Tianca Crocker is a macro social worker and applied researcher motivated by the eradication of systemic poverty. Tianca is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on information communication technology policies that enable digital equity for economic opportunity and social service modernization. She previously 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.