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.
Amy is the Director of State Government Affairs for Code.org, a nonprofit focused on expanding K-12 computer science education, focusing on girls and underrepresented students of color. She works with coalitions across numerous states to enact policies to increase access to computer science in our schools. In the last year and a half, she has helped change policies in 12 states. Previously, she was the outreach manager at the EdLab Group, a non-profit that leveraged the power of technology and diversity to transform teaching and learning. She led the planning team for the Washington State Digital Inclusion Summit, which brought together participants from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors to exchange ideas about digital literacy, broadband adoption, and public access to technology. Amy cares deeply about fair access to technology and the Internet for all Seattle residents.
Jose M. Vasquez understands the community's needs for public access to technology and also what it takes to provide access. He 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 an up and coming leader in the local Latino community. Jose is currently the Director of Programs for the Latino Community Fund of Washington, so he will bring valuable experience in community needs assessment, community outreach, grant making and grant management, along with his strong passion for technology.
Term Expires: 1/1/2017 | Position: Board Vice Chair; Public Access position | Appointed by: Mayor
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Christopher Alejano has served as the Director of Education for the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) since 2009, enabling technology education for youth of color. He manages support for their Academy, STEM by TAFTeacher Institute and School Transformation, and Martinez Fellowship. Christopher previously served as a higher education policy adviser in Governor Gregoire's administration and as a research analyst for the Washington State House of Representatives Early Learning and Children Services Committee, after years working as a kindergarten teacher.
Term Expires: 1/1/2018 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Council
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Eliab Sisay serves on CTAB as its newest Get Engaged member. Eliab is a Program Manager at Porch.com, a local tech company in the home services space. As a member of the Strategic Partnerships team at Porch, Eliab is responsible for company growth through the launch, operationalization, and expansion of new business verticals. A graduate of the University of Washington, Eliab has also served on alumni advisory boards for the University of Washington, as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, and is currently a Hometown Mentor for the College Success Foundation where he meets with low-income high-potential students that are part of the CSF Achievers Scholars Program, to provide mentoring, academic advising, and college planning support. Eliab recently completed a fellowship with Puget Sound Sage's Community Leadership Institute, which trains leaders from traditionally underrepresented communities and communities of color, with the goal of placing them on city boards and commissions. Eliab is eager to use his unique combination of business acumen, tech sector experience, and passion for advocating for equitable polices to serve as a board member on CTAB with an emphasis on digital equity and working to help close the technology skills gaps that exist in our under-represented, low income & minority communities.
Heather is the Director of Fast Pitch at Social Venture Partners. SVP's Fast Pitch is a business pitch competition that supports nonprofits and social enterprises addressing critical needs in the Puget Sound region. She also consults at the University of Washington on issues related to technology, policy, strategy and growing the regional innovation ecosystem. Heather advocates for the inclusion of under-represented voices in technology policy and resource distribution decision making. She believes that creating a more effective STEAM education pipeline for all Seattle students is needed in order to fulfill future skills gaps and address regional income disparities. Heather serves on the Social Venture Partners International Technology Advisory Task Force, is Co-Chair of CTAB’s eGovernment Committee, and is a Guild member of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. She is excited to join the wonderful group of volunteers as a Board Member of CTAB.
Joneil is an active Central District resident with a strong interest in civic engagement, open data, and digital equity. He volunteered on the 2014 CTTAB Technology Matching Fund grant review committee. Joneil enjoys working on large social issues that integrate solutions from the corporate, social, and government space. His work synthesizes his interests in storytelling, civic engagement and emerging technologies with his deep passion for creative collaboration. He's the founder of ThriveCentral, a youth-tech internship program, which operates in collaboration with Seattle University and Seattle Parks and Recreation. He currently works as a Business Program Manager for Microsoft and serves as a partner with the Social Venture Partners network.
Joneil received his B.A. in Operations & Information Systems and Computer Science from Gonzaga University ('96) and his Masters in Software Engineering from Seattle University ('04).
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: 1/1/2017 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
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Mark recently moved back to Seattle after two years as Senior Adviser for Digital Media in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he focused on computer science education, diversity in the tech industry, and utilizing games for education. This included work on Code for America-style initiatives, hackathons and game jams. He is a UW Computer Science graduate, and subsequently spent more than 20 years building technology in the game industry, starting as a software engineer and growing to lead about 300 engineers across 10 locations worldwide.
Nourisha is the Digital Manager for the Get Schooled Foundation, a national non-profit that promotes attendance, high school graduation and college preparedness. She has a variety of experience in social media, web interactive content development, television production, content management systems and public relations. Nourisha came to Seattle from Kansas City, MO. She was previously the Web Editor at Icom America in Bellevue and at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Nourisha has a Masters of Arts in Journalism at Regent University.
Term Expires: 1/1/2017 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Council