Meet the Board
The Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board was established in 1995 by Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) 21.60.060. It 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, CTTAB 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 part of the six appointments. The Board members have opted to share some contact information. Use the ContactUs page for general questions or communications to the Board.
Ben is very interested in the role that technology plays in our educational system and in our lower-income and immigrant communities. He is a technology entrepreneur and the owner of Faster Campaigns and of Upwards Technologies, providing web site and database consulting for local non-profit and political organizations. He's worked with the Downtown Seattle Association and Pride Foundation among others. He previously worked as a Development Lead at Microsoft and also volunteered at 826 Seattle to help kids with their math and science homework. He is a graduate of Bates College.
Term Expires: 1/1/2016 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: email Ben Twitter: @benkrok | LinkedIn
Longtime Seattleite, Beryl is a consultant, founder and President of Fernandes & Associates, Inc. an Urban Planning, Community Development and Performance Management firm. She has designed and managed large, complex, city-wide projects from the concept stage to successful decisions on urban infrastructure, planning, public policy and performance management. Her clients include cities, counties, states, utilities, school districts, ports and non-profit organizations. She has conducted research, lectured and worked nationally and internationally, was invited to brief Cabinet members in Washington D.C., to lecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and to present a paper in Europe on the selective use of high-tech tools for community engagement.
Beryl emphasizes proactive, community-based, collaborative planning in introducing new technologies and digital infrastructure. Her planning and policy studies include the feasibility, ramifications and impacts of new urban infrastructure within a community's physical, socio-economic and cultural context. Her first computer programming job took her sailing the high seas, after which she served as senior policy advisor to the Snohomish County Council and Seattle City Council's Central Staff, as Regional Director for the Department of Ecology, and Executive Director of the Urban Resources Partnership, where she launched their matching grant fund, innovative environmental programs and multi-county partnerships. An avid distance cyclist and outdoorsperson, Beryl's volunteer activities include outdoor leadership for youth and women cancer survivors, academic and technology mentorship for students, and life mentorship for juvenile offenders and young single mothers.
Education: Inter-disciplinary Ph.D., U. of Washington; B.A., Bryn Mawr College, Training Certificates in Project Management and Advanced Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement, Conflict Resolution and Mediation
Term Expires: 1/1/2016 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Council
Carmen Rahm is the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of Technology at Seattle Public Schools (SPS). Carmen's appointment to CTTAB provides a valuable link to Seattle Schools' programs, strengthening our strategic coordination on technology access and literacy for families with children. He brings tremendous skills and experience in IT strategic planning and governance, and knowledge about large public technology systems. Carmen has a strong commitment to digital equity, has been attending CTTAB meetings since joining SPS, and has already presented our technology adoption report to others at Seattle Schools. His participation on CTTAB and with DoIT will be of tremendous benefit to both the Seattle School District and the City. Carmen has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University (1981), a Masters of Business Administration from City University of Seattle (1988), and a Certificate of Public Administration from the Indiana University/Purdue University (IUPU).
Term Expires: 1/1/2017 | Position: Education | Appointed by: Mayor
Dana is the Manager of Digital Marketing & Internal Communications at Swedish, where she is responsible for development and implementation of social and digital policies and strategies. Her work there includes live streamed surgeries, administering a system-wide blog with dozens of clinical bloggers (http://www.swedish.org/blog), and other innovative internal and external communications. Dana also created and moderates the internationally-recognized #hcsm (health care communications and social media) conversation and community on Twitter. She is passionate about using technology to facilitate conversations and collaboration to benefit our communities. Dana was previously a Get Engaged representative on the board. She currently serves as Chair of the board's Public Engagement, Outreach, Mentorships, and Partnerships Committee, supports the Get Online campaign, and serves on the Tech Matching Funds Grant Review Committee. As a member of CTTAB, she has provided social media training to community organizations and to city staff. Dana lives on First Hill.
Term Expires: 10/1/2015 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @danamlewis
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).
Term Expires: 1/1/2016 | Position: Vice Chair, At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @joneilmc | LinkedIn
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: Public Access | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @JoseVasquez | LinkedIn
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: Chair, At Large | Appointed by: Council
Sarah is passionate about ensuring today's youth are equipped with the technology and savvy needed to thrive in Seattle's tech-based economy. She is also excited about working to make the tech space more inclusive for all citizens of Seattle. She has a strong background in social and environmental justice initiatives throughout the country. Sarah has a variety of experience in creating digital and social strategies for start-ups, making documentaries and facilitating youth leadership workshops. Her volunteer experience includes working as a mentor for at-risk youth in the Seattle area, fundraising for non-profit organizations and consulting on the grant writing process for non-profits throughout the Northwest.
She is currently working as an online marketer for Genelex, a Seattle-based biotechnology and software company. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She lives in the Fremont neighborhood.
Term Expires: 10/1/2015 | Position: Get Engaged | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @SarahinSea | LinkedIn