Angela Siefer

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Angela Siefer

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Angela envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the Internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities.

Angela has been working on digital inclusion issues since 1996. Beginning with a University of Toledo sociology graduate school assistantship coordinating a regional community technology network, Angela then moved onto serving as the Executive Director of the Ohio Community Computing Network distributing funds to and supporting community technology centers. Angela has been involved with the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program of the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) through participating in creation of two successful Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) grants, implementation work on OneCommunity’s SBA grant, coordination of three broadband conferences and serving as an NTIA consultant researching and writing best practices for the NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit.

In 2013, Angela worked for OCLC, leading an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded project supporting communities piloting Building Digital Communities: A Framework to Action. Her substantial project documentation and digital inclusion coalition building research is available at oc.lc/digitalinclusion. In 2014, she conducted research for the Center for Digital Inclusion at the University of Illinois for another IMLS funded project - Inclusive Gigabit Libraries.

May 2015 Angela led the creation of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. NDIA is a unified voice for local technology training, home broadband access and public broadband access programs. As of August 2015, we have over 100 affiliates in 28 states. Learn more about NDIA at digitalinclusionalliance.org.

Angela’s claims to fame are her three superstar kids, her black belt in Taewondo and her continually expanding garden.