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

Jose Vasquez

Jose Vasquez, CTTAB 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: Board Chair, At-Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @JoseVasquez | LinkedIn


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: 12/31/2017 | Position: Board Vice-Chair, At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @HLewisSeattle | LinkedIn


Christopher Alejano

Christopher Alejano, CTAB Member

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: 12/31/2017 | Position: At Large | Appointed by: Council
Contact: Email: chrisa@techaccess.org


Amy Hirotaka

Amy Hirotaka, CTAB Member

Amy is the Public Policy and Community Engagement Manager at Facebook for the Seattle area. She was previously 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. Amy's previous experience in technology and digital equity includes being the outreach coordinator at EdLab Group, where she promoted digital inclusion in the state of Washington for the Communities Connect Network broadband technology opportunity project. She also previously assisted the City of Seattle with communities online and Code for America civic engagement projects.  Amy cares deeply about fair access to technology and the Internet for all Seattle residents.

Term Expires: 12/31/2018 | Position: Member; At Large position (former Board Chair)| Appointed by: Council
Contact: Twitter: @amyhirotaka | LinkedIn


Joneil Sampana

CTTAB Member

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: 12/31/2017 | Position:  At Large | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: Twitter: @joneilmc | LinkedIn


Karia Wong

Karia Wong, CTTAB 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: kariaw@cisc-seattle.org


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: 12/31/2017 | 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
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


Steven Maheshwary

Steven Maheshwary

Steven Maheshwary is currently a marketing manager at Amazon.com 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: 8/31/2018 | Position: Get Engaged | Appointed by: Mayor
Contact: http://www.linkedin.com/in/snmahesh | https://www.instagram.com/sn.mash/