Ms. Laura Berrocal has a decade of experience working in strategic alliance and partnership building at both the national and local level. She currently serves as Director of External Affairs at CTIA, where she manages the association’s grassroots, grasstops and third party relationships and develops communications strategies to educate communities about CTIA’s work across the wireless and tech sector.
Prior to CTIA, she served as Vice President of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs for Net Communications, where she led the development and implementation of comprehensive legislative, business development, and communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies and industry trade associations spanning the tech, telecom, media, health, and energy sectors. In previous roles with the Pennsylvania State Senate and national and international organizations such as the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, and Third World Network, Ms. Berrocal has provided public policy counsel in the areas of technology, minority entrepreneurship, energy, education, and health, as well as developed results-driven communications and educational campaigns.
Ms. Berrocal has appeared as a guest on HuffPost Live and Fusion TV and her work has been featured in publications such as Minority Engineer Magazine, Fox News Latino, and Politic365. Ms. Berrocal serves as a Contributing Writer to media company Silicon Valley Latino and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. She also serves as an advisor to Intuit’s Latino Outreach Advisory Group and a member of its Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.
She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.
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Michael Mandel, The California/Tech Info Boom: How it is Spreading Across the State (Progressive Policy Institute, 2015).
Jennie Allen, Restless: Because You Were Made for More (Thomas Nelson, 2014)
Alex Kreilein is the Managing Partner of SecureSet and over the cybersecurity Accelerator. He engages corporate C-Suites officers, tech luminaries, security researchers, hackers, and academics to develop and implement strategies kickstarting cybersecurity startups. He co-manages a fund associated with the accelerator to brings enormous value to early-stage startups through a focused product development, customer acquisition, and investor engagement strategies.
Previously, Alex was a strategist at the Department of Homeland Security and was detailed as a Guest Researcher to the National Institute of Standards & Technology. His work advanced goals in cybersecurity, national security and emergency communications, spectrum management, risk analysis, mobile applications, research and development, and oversight of multi-billion dollar grant programs.
Prior to DHS, Alex served as the Managing Director of the CU Boulder venture fund, as well as Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Jane Harman on technology policy and innovation issues. He has worked as a consultant for major systems integrators in the defense, intelligence, and technology sectors.
Alex is a graduate of the US Naval War College with a Masters in National Security & Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of Fordham University and attended the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. He currently attends the University of Colorado at Boulder's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program and is a PhD candidate.
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The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman
Davina Sashkin is a member of the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC. Ms. Sashkin counsels clients on television and radio broadcast regulation and compliance, broadband Internet and triple-play regulations, spectrum auctions, and commercial transactions among FCC-regulated businesses. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Ms. Sashkin was an associate with the law firm Irwin, Campbell & Tannenwald, P.C. Ms. Sashkin is a graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where she earned a certificate in Communications Law Studies. Prior to law school, Ms. Sashkin worked in the field of corporate communications. She also holds a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University.
While in law school, Ms. Sashkin served as Editor-in-Chief of the Commlaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Policy,. She is the author of Failure of Imagination: Why Inaction on Net Neutrality Regulation Will Result in a De Facto Legal Regime Promoting Discrimination and Consumer Harm, Commlaw Conspectus (2007). While in law school, Ms. Sashkin interned at the Federal Communications Commission and at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce.
Ms. Sashkin is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and before the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), serving for nearly a decade on the Charity Auction committee and as co-chair on many other committees, including Mass Media and Enforcement.
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Ashley Ludlow and Davina Sashkin, The Broadcast Incentive Auction: An Overview of the Process
Kristal Lauren High co-founded and serves as Editor in Chief of Politic365, an online magazine focused on politics and public policy from a multicultural point of view. She also owns and operates a communications and creative engagement company, Digicon Ventures.
Prior to launching Politic365, Kristal developed an expertise in broadband adoption among minority, low-income and underserved populations through her work with the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Media & Technology Institute.
Throughout her career, Kristal has worked with national civil rights and civic associations, business leaders, minority elected officials, and Fortune 500 brands on an array of issues pertaining to the leveraged use of the Internet for online coalition building, stakeholder outreach, political advocacy and multimedia production.
For her efforts in online advocacy and web publishing, Kristal received the New York Urban League Young Professionals Digital Renaissance Award and the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Chairman’s Leadership Award. She was also named to the Digital Sisterhood Network’s Top 100 Digital Sisters of the Year and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Black Broadcaster’s Association. Kristal is the recipient of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Excellence in Communications award, was dubbed a Rainbow PUSH Coalition 25 Top Inspirational & Engaged Leaders honoree, and has been named to two top 40 Under 40 lists – the Lawyers of Color Hot List and the National Bar Association’s/IMPACT Nation’s Best Advocates list.
A former labor and employment litigator, Kristal obtained her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Davidson College, and her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee School of Law.
Kristal is a Vice President of the Charlotte NAACP. She is a former Advisory Board member of Blogging While Brown, the nation’s first conference and consortium for bloggers of color, and ColorComm, a networking and professional organization for women of color in communications. Her commentary has been featured on several media outlets, including TVOne, The Hill, RTTV, Ebony, CNN and SiriusXM.
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Peter Theil, Zero to One (Crown Business, 2014)
Jorge Reina Schement became Rutgers Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion on July 1, 2013. Previously he was Dean of the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University from 2008 to 2013. He is also Professor II in the Bloustein School of Public Policy, and in the Department of Latino-Hispanic Caribbean Studies.
A Ph.D. from the Institute for Communication Research at Stanford University, and M.S. from the School of Commerce at the University of Illinois, he is author of over 200 papers and articles, with book credits including, Global Networks (1999/2002), Tendencies and Tensions of the Information Age (1997), Toward an Information Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (1995), Between Communication and Information (1993), Competing Visions, Complex Realities: Social Aspects of the Information Society (1988), The International Flow of Television Programs (1984), Telecommunications Policy Handbook (1982), and Spanish-Language Radio in the Southwestern United States (1979). A Latino from South Texas, his research focuses on the social and policy consequences of the production and consumption of information, especially as they relate to ethnic minorities. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Markle Foundation, Rainbow Coalition, Port Authority of NY/NJ, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, National Science Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Verizon, Lockheed-Martin. He has received awards for his policy scholarship from the International Communication Association, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pace University, the University of Kentucky, UCLA, and Penn State. Schement has served on the editorial boards of twelve academic journals, and has edited the Annual Review of Technology for the Aspen Institute. He is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information.
His research contributed to a Supreme Court decision in Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. F.C.C. et al. In 1994, he directed the F.C.C.’s Information Policy Project and conducted the original research that led to recognition of the Digital Divide. In 2008, he advised the F.C.C. Transition Team for the Obama administration. He introduced the idea of Universal Service as an evolving concept, a view adopted in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The movement to integrate community museums, libraries, and public broadcasting as Partners in Public Service began in a project he co-directed. He conducted the first study of the impact of minority ownership in broadcasting, and authored the telecommunications policy agenda for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He co-founded the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State Univ. Schement has served on advisory boards for the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Centers for Disease Control, Governor of California, Media Access Project, Libraries for the Future, Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, Center for Media Education, Internet Policy Institute, American Library Association, Minority Media Telecommunications Council, New Millennium Research Council, Open Society Institute, Advertising Council, Benton Foundation, Aspen Institute, MCI, Verizon, and Pew Project on Internet and American Life. He chaired the board of directors of TPRC Inc. He is listed in, 2007, Hispanic Business’ “100 Most Influential Hispanics.”
His interest in the history of printing led him to discover a discrepancy in chapter and line numbers between the 1667 and 1674 editions of Paradise Lost, as cited in the Oxford English Dictionary. He reads histories.
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives, as beloved as the bedtime story.
Bedtime Math offers a playful math problem daily for free, which engages both parents and kids while putting math on equal footing with literacy. In its first few months of existence, Bedtime Math increased its regular following from 30 families to well over 20,000, and garnered national press coverage.
Laura knows a little something about numbers. As a child, she sat and memorized perfect squares for fun, back before it was cool. She went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and continues to star-gaze today.
In addition to her work with Bedtime Math, Laura currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and as a trustee of Liberty Science Center, Drew University, and the Governor’s School of New Jersey.
When not playing with numbers, Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, wine, extreme gravity stunts, and Lego Mindstorms.
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Laura Overdeck, Bedtime Math (Feiwell and Friends, 2013)
Carol Dweck, Mindset (Ballantine Books, 2007)
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee (@drturnerlee) is Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Internet and Telecommunications Council. In this senior role, Dr. Turner-Lee designs and implements a research and policy agenda that supports MMTC’s mission, and advocates for telecom and Internet policy reform through legislation, rulemaking, executive orders, public-private partnerships, and best practices. In 2011, she was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski of the Federal Communications Commission, where she chairs the subcommittee on the use of unlicensed devices to increase minority innovation and entrepreneurship. Nicol graduated with honors from Colgate University and has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
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Michael Scurato (@michaelscurato) joined the National Hispanic Media Coalition's (NHMC) Washington, DC policy team in September 2010 when he was hired as a Law Fellow after being accepted into Georgetown Law’s Post-JD Public Service Fellowship Program. While in law school, he represented the public interest in media and telecommunications law issues at the Institute for Public Representation (IPR), one of Georgetown’s renowned legal clinics, first as a summer research assistant and later as a student in the clinical program. At IPR, he represented clients on issues such as diversifying media ownership, privacy, and protecting children from harmful ads on TV and online. He also served as a delegate in Georgetown Law’s Student Bar Association. Michael’s previous experience includes internships at the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia and with New Jersey State Assemblywoman (now State Senator) Linda Greenstein. He earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BA in Political Science from New York University. He is currently admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia.
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Alan J. Roth is USTelecom’s senior executive vice president, where he serves as deputy to President & CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr. in directing the government affairs mission of the association. Roth, a respected government relations professional and well-known Washington veteran, came to USTelecom from his role as a principal in the government affairs firm of Lent Scrivner & Roth LLC. As a former staff director and chief counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Roth was recognized by Roll Call as one of the 50 most influential staffers on Capitol Hill while he served as the highest-ranking advisor to Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI), the committee’s chairman. The Hill has also cited him in its list of top lobbyists as one of “the best in the business.” In this episode, we discussed: how the telecom industry defines "net neutrality". how the FCC's net neutrality order will affect consumers. what net neutrality legislation is currently pending. Resources USTelecom The FCC's Open Internet Order Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet Thune/Upton Net Neutrality Bill Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband (Progressive Policy Institute)
Courtney Tanenbaum (@courttanenbaum) is a senior researcher and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) marketing and research lead at AIR. She is a graduate of the Institute for Education Leadership’s DC Education Policy Fellowship Program. Since joining AIR in May 2003, she has worked on several research and evaluation studies focused on federal policies and initiatives designed to improve the outcome of disadvantaged students and underrepresented minorities, both in K-12 and higher education.
Currently, Dr. Tanenbaum serves as the principal investigator for the National Study of the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Under this grant she is responsible for managing the project, writing data-driven issue briefs on issues related to the participation of underrepresented minorities and women of all races and ethnicities in STEM. Most recently she contributed to an issue brief examining graduate student debt levels and one examining gender differences in the early career pathways of new STEM doctoral recipients. She also led a two-day symposium examining the implicit and explicit biases, barriers and challenges underrepresented groups of individuals in STEM encounter along their academic and career pathways, and how institutions of higher education and STEM academic departments can use this research to develop more effective recruitment and retention programs and practices.
Under a previous grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Tanenbaum served as the task lead for the implementation analysis of the national evaluation of the grant program. As task lead, she conducted multiple site visits to institutions of higher education participating in the grant, during which she led interviews with college deans, grant program leadership, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students. She led the coding and analyses of the data collected during site visits to inform the implementation component of the evaluation.
Dr. Tanenbaum also serves on several studies of federal policy. She serves as a data collection and analysis task lead for the Impact Evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grant (SIG) programs. In this role, she has contributed to an evaluation brief examining school turnaround policies, practices, and strategies in SIG, the first and second year evaluation reports. She is also lead author on an evaluation brief examining state capacity to support school turnaround.
Dr. Tanenbaum serves as the deputy project director for the Equitable Distribution of Effective Teachers study, for which she assists in the overall management of the project, leads the collection and analysis of data gathered through interviews with officials, and serves as a lead author of the final evaluation report. In addition, she leads the school-level data collection and analysis task for the Early Implementation of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Study. In this role, Dr. Tanenbaum is responsible for producing a policy brief exploring school-level perspectives on the implementation of ESEA flexibility that will be shared with U.S. Department of Education staff to inform future policy making, and for contributing to a key highlights report that will be released to the public.
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Casey Rae (@caseycontrarian) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators' rights, technology policy and intellectual property at major conferences, universities and in the media. He has testified before Congress on artist rights and is committed to building bridges across sectors in order to identify possible solutions to common challenges. Casey has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on creators in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, an instructor at Berklee Online and the President of the Board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He is the principal of Heru.us, a media, technology and policy consultancy. In his "spare time," he runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and publishes The Contrarian Media.
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Jason Llorenz is a professor, researcher and advocate with over a decade of federal and state-level policy development, strategic communication, and legal experience. His research interests focus on:
• Digital literacy and universal inclusion on the Internet
• Telecommunications and Internet policy
• Digital and social media in the innovation economy
Jason teaches courses in digital communication and policy at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information.
Jason's writing appears in the Huffington Post, and he is often sought for comment on the issues facing the digital divide and universal digital inclusion. Jason has been interviewed on this subject by media outlets including the Washington Post and National Public Radio. A regular speaker, Jason has led discussions on Capitol Hill, in state capitols, and for groups and associations. He has been a speaker for SXSWEdu, SXSW Interactive, the Delegation of the European Union, the National Caucus of State Legislators (NCSL), the National Council of La Raza, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, LATISM, and many others.
Jason holds a BA from Cazenovia College, and Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He serves as an advisory board member of the Multicultural Media Technology & Internet Council (MMTC), which honored him for outstanding service in 2015. He is a board member of the Energy Equity Alliance and the DC Casineros Dance Company. He is a Member of the New York State Bar.
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Kevin Clark, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Learning Technologies, and Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Kevin Clark is a full professor in the Learning Technologies Division of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His research interests include the role of interactive and digital media in education; issues of diversity in educational media; and broadening participation in STEM careers and disciplines. In addition to his scholarly activities, Dr. Clark has more than 20 years experience as a designer, advisor, and consultant to organizations such as: National Park Service, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Common Sense Media, Fred Rogers Center, Disney Junior, Jim Henson Company, and DHX Media.
Because of his work, Dr. Clark has also been honored by the White House as a STEM Access Champion of Change. and selected as a Fellow for theTelevision Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar. Dr. Clark holds both a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. Click here for the Full Bio
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David Goodfriend is Founder and President of Goodfriend Government Affairs, with current and past clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to start-up ventures, to non-profit advocacy organizations in the telecommunications, media, technology, homebuilding, and renewable energy sectors.
David served as Deputy Staff Secretary to President William Jefferson Clinton; professional staff member to congressional committees chaired by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Charles B. Rangel (D-NY); and Media Legal Advisor to a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. In the private sector, David was Vice President of Law and Public Policy at DISH Network, the second largest satellite TV provider in the U.S. He was a telecommunications associate at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
David handles matters before the U.S. Senate and House, particularly the Judiciary and Commerce committees; the Federal Communications Commission; the Department of Justice Antitrust Division; the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; the Rural Utility Service; and the White House.
David is a Professorial Lecturer in Law (adjunct faculty) at the George Washington University Law School, specializing in telecommunications and technology policy, and a guest lecturer in the Georgetown University undergraduate government program. Starting in Fall of 2013, David will be an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Georgetown University Law Center.
David was named by Multichannel News as one of the “40 Under 40” and by Broadcasting & Cable as a “Fifth Estater.” He has been past co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Legislation Committee and serves on the Advisory Board of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council.
David received his J.D., cum laude, from The Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Beloit College.
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Shana Glickfield (@dcconcierge) is a founding Partner of Beekeeper Group, a DC-based public affairs firm, where she helps a wide array of clients with their communications and advocacy strategies, focusing on websites, social media, and mobile technology for online community building.
Prior to launching Beekeeper Group, Shana was the Online Community Director for NextGenWeb.org, the online community of USTelecom, the broadband association. Before that, she was the Director of Strategic Communications at Issue Dynamics Inc. (now Amplify Public Affairs), where she was the first employee to be a hybrid of the Public Affairs and Internet departments. Shana has also worked in-house at several national nonprofit organizations, including Public Citizen and Earthjustice.
Shana’s innovative approach to communications has been widely acclaimed, most recently as one of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40. She was the founder of renowned local blog, “The DC Concierge,” which she authored from 2006-2010. Shana presents and comments frequently on social media topics, including appearances in CNN.com, Mashable, ABC News, TIME, Politico, and Capitol Hill.
Shana graduated from Michigan State University and has a law degree from Temple University. When she’s not at the Hive, Shana spends her time engaging on her favorite social media platforms and supporting local organizations such as Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center, The Trust for the National Mall, and the DC chapter of The Awesome Foundation.
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Jamie Notter, When Millennials Take Over (Ideapress Publishing, 2015)
Timothy Ferriss, The Four Hour Workweek (Harmony, 2009)
Justin Vélez-Hagan (@jvelezhagan)is an economic policy analyst, as well as a policy researcher at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He is also the founder of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, has served as an adjunct faculty member in economics, and is the author of The Common Sense behind Basic Economics.
Previously, Vélez-Hagan worked as an international developer of assisted living facilities. He also founded D.C. Concrete Technologies, which was a frequent guest on HGTV’s Curb Appeal, NBC’s House Smarts, and was featured in several national and local magazines and newspapers.
Vélez-Hagan is the Advisory Chair for Future Leaders in Policy (FLIP) and serves on the boards of several national organizations such as the National Military Family Association’s Technology Advisory Board, The Latino Coalition’s National Advisory Board, and the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council‘s Telecommunications and Internet Policy Task Force. Recently, he was appointed to serve on Maryland’s GOMA Small Business Advisory Council.
Vélez-Hagan received his MBA from Arizona State University and is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He is also a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
He can be reached at Justin@JustinVH.com, or via Twitter @JVelezHagan.
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Rob Atkinson (@robatkinsonitif) is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He leads a prolific team of policy analysts and fellows that is successfully shaping the debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy.
Adriana Waterston (@adrianatweets) is Senior Vice President of Insights and Strategy at Horowitz Research. Adriana is a research junkie with a flair for finding the story behind the statistics, teasing the meaning out of the measurement, and revealing the faces behind the facts.
Dr. Kimberly A. Scott (@compugirls) serves as COMPUGIRLS' Executive Director. Kimberly earned her Ed.D. from Rutgers University and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University (ASU).