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

René Peters

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René Peters is a Product Manager at NVIDIA, where he leads development of augmented and virtual reality products and platforms. He has worked within multiple cloud computing areas including mixed reality and artificial intelligence during his time within the tech industry. He has a background in Chemical Engineering, having graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science in the field. Upon graduation, he worked as a technical engineering manager for paper products at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he led engineering projects. 

Through his career and other activities, he is focused on using his engineering, business, and product design skill-sets to create high social impact. In the future, he is interested in continuing to impact domestic or national policies at the intersection of science, technology, and equity. In the future, he is interested in making an impact on domestic or national policies at the intersection of science, technology, and equity. 

Term Expires: 12/31/2020 | Position: Board-Chair | Appointed by: City Council | Contacthttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rjpjr/


Camille Malonzo

Camille MalonzoCamille Malonzo is currently a software engineer at Microsoft, focusing on building features, privacy, and compliance for the OneNote and Sticky Notes applications. Previously, she has worked on OneDrive/SharePoint and the front-end experience of the Windows operating system. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Computer Science. In addition to her work with CTAB, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College, an innovation board member of non-profit Advancement for Rural Kids, and a conference organizer for the AnitaB.Org Seattle chapter for women in computing. Through all her activities, Camille is committed to continuously learning, advocating, and advancing work at the intersection of technology and community organizing, particularly in endeavors that would advance social justice.

Term Expires: 12/31/2021 | Position: Vice-Chair | Appointed by: Mayor


John Krull
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John Krull was 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 has also served as 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: 12/31/2021 | Position: Member at Large | Appointed by: Mayor | Contact: http://linkedin.com/in/krull


Lassana Magassa

Lassana Magassa

Dr. Lassana Magassa is a recent graduate of the University of Washington's Information School. There he worked on issues related to how unrepresented people are effected by technology policy and their access to and use of digital technology. That work led to the creation of the Diverse Voices method, a novel approach that prioritizes the viewpoints of experiential experts in the policy making process. Dr. Magassa's current work explores the every digital literacy levels of people recently released from incarceration.  

Term Expires: 12/31/2020 | Position: Education | Appointed by: Mayor


Brandon Lindsey

Brandon LindseyBrandon is a non-profit and educational consultant. He has a Masters in Intercultural Service Leadership and Management from the School for International Training, and has recently completed a Data Science intensive with Galvanize.  He managed Seattle Goodwill's digital literacy initiative and lead the implementation of a culturally appropriate ESL iPad program. Brandon has a passion for data science and digital equity in youth and historically underserved communities.  As a parent of children in the Seattle Public Schools, he is committed to advocate for the needs of all students in our community. 

Term Expires: 12/31/2020 | Position: Public Access | Appointed by: Mayor


Dr. Tyrone Grandison

Dr. Tyrone GrandisonDr Grandison is a technologist, scientist, researcher, and social good advocate. He has over two decades developing and deploying data-driven, impact-focused, people-centered products and services that improve the lives of under-represented, and often ignored, American communities. Dr Grandison is currently the Board Chairman of the Data-Driven Institute and advises several startups on the best ways to utilize community insight, data, and technology to craft, create, implement, and iterate on programs, products, and policies that solve their most pressing problems. More information at http://www.tyronegrandison.org/bio.html

Term Expires: 12/31/2021 | Position: Member at Large | Appointed by: City Council


David Kirichenko

David has extensive technical programming skills and a background on smart cities and broadband technologies. He hopes to apply this expertise to expanding access to technology and residential broadband internet equitably throughout the City.  

Term Expires: 8/31/2021| Position: Get Engaged Member | Appointed by: Mayor


Steven Maheshwary

Steven Maheshwary Bio PictureSteven Maheshwary is Director for Economic Development for the Information & Communication Technology sector for the state of Washington.  Steven graduated from Harvard College with a focus on Sociology and Economics. In the recent past, he received a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching in Borneo, Malaysia where he developed programming to teach social entrepreneurship, English, and creative non-fiction writing as well as introducing online tools to his school. Prior to this, he has worked across startups, Microsoft, and Amazon in finance, business development, and marketing roles, most recently serving as the Programs Lead for Amazon's Underserved Populations team. 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 underserved communities.

Term Expires: 12/31/2020 | Position: Member at Large | Appointed by: City Council | Contact: http://www.linkedin.com/in/snmahesh