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Internet connectivity in San Antonio still has a ways to go.

Join Dorcol Distilling + Brewing Co., San Antonio Heron, and members of the Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio during this panel discussion that will expand on the organization’s objectives (Public Policy, Connectivity, Devices, Sustainability and Training) and their efforts to shorten the city’s Digital Divide, an economic and social inequity that creates a gap between people who have the skills and access to fully embrace broadband, communications technology and services, and those who do not.

"Engage SA: Digital Inclusion" is one of three civically-minded panels on our city's most pressing issues being held at Dorcol in April.

Moderated by Maria Luisa Cesar, Greater Good Stories Consulting Firm.

Panelists:

» JORDANA BARTON, Senior Advisor of Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, supports the Federal Reserve System’s economic growth objectives by promoting community and economic development. Her focus areas include the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), digital inclusion and the digital economy, workforce development, financial education, affordable housing, small business development, and community development finance. Jordana is lead author of “Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border” (2015), and author of “Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations” (2016). 2018 publications include Preparing Workers for the Expanding Digital Economy, Telehealth Along the Texas-Mexico Border, and Telehealth Initiatives Highlight the Need to Close the Digital Divide. Jordana serves on the Steering Committee for the Digital Inclusion Alliance San Antonio and the collective impact project, Digital Opportunity for the Rio Grande Valley. She is on the Board of Directors of SA2020 and on the Advisory Board of the Texas Health Improvement Network of the University of Texas System. In 2018 she received the “Federal Policy Champion Award” from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice and the “Community Broadband Hero of the Year Award” from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Jordana grew up in the rural South Texas community of Benavides. She holds an MPA from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

» DEANNE CUELLAR, Director of Senior Planet San Antonio, is a digital equity advocate and communications strategist from San Antonio, Texas. After an FCC localism hearing in 2004, she co-founded the Media Justice League with the Office of Communication, Inc., and grassroots organizations in San Antonio, advocating media justice and digital inclusion for historically underrepresented communities. As a young woman she actively organized within the independent music and media community for several years, challenging racist, sexist, homophobic, and classist representations of San Antonians and South Texas communities. She worked with groups to spearhead media monitoring research, local-to-local media literacy initiatives, and advocated at the local, state, and national level to sustain community environments that strive to provide accurate media representation of local communities, technology-inspired skills programs and affordable internet access in Texas. With 10+ years of project management and political consulting experience, she interacts with great care and respect when working with elected officials and their staff, media organizations, as well as with different companies, consultants and collective impact initiatives. She blogs about music, media, and technology and is a freelance photographer published in the Huffington Post, Bustle, San Antonio Current, and the Express-News. The media spokespeople and social influencers she has developed who represent an array of socio-economic issues have been featured through national and online media affiliates such as Teen Vogue, HBO, Vice, CNN, and more.

DeAnne is a sought after advocate focused on fostering equitable Internet access for all, and specializes in using her media and advocacy experience to implement effective digital communications to improve the quality and quantity of media coverage representing Texans.

» MUNIRIH JESTER, Connecthome Coordinator for the San Antonio Housing Authority, has been working on Digital Inclusion efforts for the past 4 years. Currently, she is the Connecthome Coordinator for the San Antonio Housing Authority and is a lead member of the San Antonio Digital Inclusion Alliance - a citywide coalition that aims to bridge the digital divide.

Munirih is a former Google Fiber / NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellow that helped create a collaborative and sustainable approach for digital training that leveraged existing community resources to support computer literacy training for Connecthome participants.

Munirih also worked as an intern with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Texas Association of Telecommunication Officer and Advisor, where she had the opportunity to work on a pilot project aimed at expanding digital opportunity for the Texas border region. She also worked on the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas publication“Closing the Digital Divide. A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations.”

Munirih is originally from Brazil and has an educational background is in Public Policy, Nonprofit Management, and Urban and Regional Planning.

» GRAIG HOPKINS, is the Chief Technology Officer for the City of San Antonio. Craig comes to the ITSD team with more than 20 years of experience at USAA leading efforts in customer service, digital transformation, corporate strategy, information technology, procurement and innovation.

Prior to his time with USAA, Craig served four years in the US Coast Guard and later became a military spouse, while his wife Trish served 11 years in the US Navy in Japan, Virginia and then at Fort Sam Houston, which brought them to Texas.