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

Steven Maheshwary

Steven Maheshwary is a marketing lead at Amazon working on products and services for underserved communities. 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. 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: Board Chair | Appointed by: Council
Contact: http://www.linkedin.com/in/snmahesh | https://www.instagram.com/sn.mash/


René Peters    

Rene Peters headshot

René Peters is a Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft within the Cloud Marketing team. During his time at Microsoft, he has worked within multiple cloud computing areas including mixed reality and artificial intelligence. His focus has centered on building strategies around key digital transformation areas in high-potential industries, and using analyst research to anticipate the future. René graduated from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, René worked as a Technical Engineering Manager for paper products at Procter & Gamble, where he led engineering projects at P&G's largest American manufacturing plant (Mehoopany, PA). Seeking to learn more about product development, René pursued a dual-degree through The Kellogg School of Management (Master of Business Administration) and The McCormick School of Engineering (Master of Science in Design Innovation) at Northwestern University. During his graduate study, René developed skill in human-centered design of products, services, and experiences. Through his career and other activities, René is focused on using his engineering, business, and product design skill-sets to create high social impact.

Term Expires: 12/31/2020 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Council 

 


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


Charlotte Lunday

Charlotte Lunday is an attorney interested in state and local governments and the intersections between technology and urban planning. She earned a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and a Bachelor's of Science in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. She has advocated for individual privacy laws on the state and local level and has volunteered for the King County Bar Association. 

Term Expires: 12/31/2019 | Position: Board Vice-Chair | Appointed by: Council


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: 12/31/2020 | Position: Board Vice Chair | Appointed by: Council
Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/torgie/


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: http://linkedin.com/in/krull


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