Meet the Board

The Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) was established in 1995, and revised in 2015 under the Seattle Municipal Code, (Section 3.22.050, Ordinance 124736). The 2015  revision changed the scope and the name from the Citizens Telecommunications & Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB); this evolved out of the City's cable tv advisory board before 1995.  The Board is composed of 10 members - six appointed by the Mayor and four appointed by the Council.  Two members represent specific constituencies: education and public access to telecommunications. The remaining members serve at large. All serve staggered two-year terms. In addition, CTAB has a young adult "Get Engaged" Program representative, who serves a one-year term. The Get Engaged position is appointed by the Mayor, and is one of six appointments. The Board members have opted to share some contact information.  Use the Contact Us page for general questions or communications to the Board.

Current Members

Heather Lewis

Heather Lewis, CTAB Member

Heather Lewis recently joined Rover's Government Affairs team after having served as the Director of the Fast Pitch program at Social Venture Partners from 2015-2017. Prior to this, she advised the UW leadership team on global innovation ecosystem best practices, commercialization strategy and policy. Heather is a member of the Pacific Northwest Cybersecurity Business Leadership Council and advises several civic technology startups and social enterprises. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia, an MPA in Science and Technology Policy, and certificates in Technology Entrepreneurship and Technology Law and Public Policy from the University of Washington business and law schools.

Term Expires: 12/31/2019 | Position: Board Chair, At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @HLewisSeattle | LinkedIn

Jose Vasquez

Jose Vasquez, CTAB Member

Jose is currently the Director of Programs for the Latino Community Fund of Washington and an advocate for diverse civic engagement and public access to technology.  Jose previously ran Video Mar LLC, a small technology support business and Internet cafe in South Park, providing affordable computer access, computer repairs and also technical support for local small businesses. Jose is very passionate about his community and will always work to make sure that under-represented communities have a voice.  Jose  grew up in South Park, one of Seattle's most unique and diverse neighborhoods, and has a strong interest in digital equity and is interested in helping improve the City's effectiveness in bringing resources to the community. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and is a leader in the local Latino community. Jose brings valuable experience in community needs assessment, community outreach, grant making and grant management, along with his strong passion for technology.

Term Expires: 12/31/2018 | Position: At-Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @JoseVasquez | LinkedIn

Karia Wong

Karia Wong, CTAB Member

Karia is currently the Family Resource Center Coordinator at CISC, a community based non-profit organizations serves immigrant families in the Puget Sound area.  She started at CISC as a volunteer at CISC in 1999 and decided to become an employee as she dedicated herself to multiple roles in fulfilling their mission.  She has worked as an Information & Assistance Specialist, Coordinator for both the Computer Program and Computer Center, Computer System Specialist and as an In-home Care Case Manager. This background exposed her to diverse tasks and projects including grant writing, auction preparation, implementation of grants for BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program) and other private foundations, management and recruitment of volunteers, and staff training and delivery of direct service to clients. On the technical side, she has also administered the computer center, established and maintained computer networks, and implemented and managed multiple websites. Since she was a small child, Karia has had a passion to help others. Being a believer in "giving a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teaching a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime", she has strong commitment to digital literacy and equity and sees technology as an important key to reach self-sufficiency for immigrant communities. 

Term Expires: 12/31/2018 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Email:

Mark DeLoura

Mark DeLoura, CTAB Member

Mark is a games and education consultant. He served on the leadership team for the Washington State Computer Science K-12 Learning Standards, released in 2016. Previously, Mark served as Senior Advisor for Digital Media in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, focused on computer science education, diversity in the tech industry, and utilizing games for education. He is a UW Computer Science graduate, and spent more than 20 years building technology in the game industry, last serving as VP Technology for a worldwide game publisher with engineering teams in 10 locations. The companies he has worked for include THQ, Nintendo, Google, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Ubisoft.

Term Expires: 12/31/2019 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @markdeloura | LinkedIn

Torgie Madison

Torgie Madison

Torgie Madison is an Enterprise Applications Engineer at Tableau, a software company headquartered in Seattle, which produces interactive data visualization products focused on business intelligence. His career over the last 15 years has been in the technology sector. Torgie's community involvement includes almost a decade of working with Child's Play, an international charitable organization founded here in Seattle that provides children's hospitals with positive activities for their patients. Additionally, Torgie is part of the Tableau Foundation's workgroup to reduce the gender gap in high-paying, technical, executive positions and supporting technical and programming education for young women. Torgie is passionate to give back and provide the same opportunities he had to all people.

Term Expires: 12/31/2018 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Council

John Krull

John Krull

John Krull is the Chief Information Officer for the Seattle Public Schools. In this role, he leads the team providing technology and internet infrastructure for more than 55,000 students at 100 schools. Prior to returning to Seattle in 2016, John was the Chief Technology Officer for Oakland and other Bay area schools. He previously worked as a systems engineer at Microsoft and taught at Seattle Pacific, Shoreline, Everett and Chehalis Schools.

Term Expires: 12/31/2018 | Position: Education | Appointed by: Mayor Contact:

Steven Maheshwary

Steven Maheshwary

Steven Maheshwary is currently a marketing manager at with a focus on building brand partnerships and performance marketing strategies. Steven is a Harvard graduate in Sociology and Economics. He has worked across startups, Microsoft, and Amazon in business development, finance, brand strategy, and marketing. Steven also received a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching in Borneo, Malaysia where he developed programming to teach entrepreneurship, English, and creative non-fiction writing as well as introducing online tools and infrastructure to his school. Steven is committed to leveraging his business acumen, passion for community engagement, and dedication to social justice towards driving CTAB initiatives on digital equity and digital literacy in order to bring tech infrastructure, access, and education to under-served communities.

Term Expires: 12/31/2018 | Position: Board Vice-Chair | Appointed by: Council
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Smriti Chandrashekar

Smriti Chandrashekar works as a Privacy Analyst at Hintze Law PLLC, a boutique law firm focused exclusively on privacy and security law. Smriti obtained her law degree from University Law College in Bangalore, India. She practiced as an attorney at Lakshmi, Kumaran & Sridharan, a law firm in Bangalore, where she advised on indirect tax issues in the areas of excise and customs levy and value added taxes. After completing her Master of Laws (L.L.M.) from Harvard Law School, with a focus on law and economics, Smriti worked at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. on e-governance issues. Smriti later worked as a Research Associate at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), an economic policy think tank in New Delhi, researching on issues of digitization, tech policy and Internet regulation. Smriti also serves on the board of South Asian Bar Association of Washington.

Term Expires: 8/31/2019 | Position: Get Engaged Member | Appointed by: Mayor