New tech advisors appointed

Chris Alejano, Heather Lewis, and Mark DeLoura have been named to Seattle’s Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB). Joneil Sampana was also re-appointed to a second two-year term.

The 10-member board, appointed by the Mayor and City Council, helps guide City strategies and investments in information and communications technology.  They advise Seattle’s information technology department, the Mayor and Council on a range of issues, including broadband, digital equity, mobile and web based services for Seattle.gov, privacy and technology, social media, open data, online public engagement, the Seattle Channel, and cable TV franchise agreements. Board members make recommendations for the Technology Matching Fund grants.  

 

ChrisChristopher 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.

 

Heather LewisHeather Lewis currently serves as the vice-chair of CTAB’s E-government Committee. She works as an Innovation Officer at CoMotion at the University of Washington, and was also a co-founder of Biokick. Heather worked on white papers on cryptocurrencies, and municipal fiber at the UW Law School Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic. She has volunteer experience with the YWCA as a Board Fellow and in assisting with education at the Refugee Women’s Alliance (REWA). She is also a committee member at Social Venture Partners.

 

Mark DeLouraMark DeLoura recently moved back to Seattle after two years as Senior Adviser for Digital Media in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he focused on computer science education, diversity in the tech industry, and utilizing games for education. This included work on Code for America-style initiatives, hackathons and game jams. He is a  UW Computer Science graduate, and subsequently spent more than 20 years building technology in the game industry, starting as a software engineer and growing to lead about 300 engineers across 10 locations worldwide.

 

joneil custodioJoneil Sampana is currently the Chair of the E-government Committee and past Vice-Chair of CTAB. He led the development of the Washington State Data Visualization Internship Program, a partnership with State of Washington Office of CIO, WTIA, Microsoft, Socrata, Tableau, and four universities. Joneil is a resident of southeast Seattle (District 2) and a Business Program Manager at Microsoft.