Head of Strategic Initiatives & Resource Development
Catherine began her career in the semiconductor industry, focused on public private research partnerships aimed at giving the U.S. a global competitive advantage. She’s played an active role in building the Unlocking the Connection program, a first-of-its-kind initiative to bring Internet connectivity and know how to every public housing authority resident in Austin, Texas. For more than 10 years, she helped state agencies and local governments assess the business case for digital inclusion, to enhance revenue, support emergency preparedness and to promote equity in diverse communities.
Catherine has been an invited speaker at the White House and has provided testimony to the Federal Communications Commission on the impact of connectivity in low-income populations. She serves on the Board of Advisors and lectures in the University of Texas M. Sc. In the Human Dimensions of Organizations. She co-chairs the Housing Committee of Austin CityUP, a smart cities consortium, and serves on the advisory board of SXSW Interactive. She holds a BA in History from the University of Texas and has lived and worked in Europe and Asia.