Welcoming New Staff to the Broadband Team

ILSR is thrilled to welcome a collection of new faces to the Community Broadband Networks initiative team, bringing with them new energy and thoughtfulness which will continue to invigorate our work.

Dozmen Lee a political science major from Iowa State University who brings experience in grassroots organizations and helping build power for communities facing income disparities and adverse outcomes for youth populations. Doz joins us on a full-time basis as the new Outreach Coordinator, helping communities and local leaders at all stages considering investment in Internet infrastructure.

Ibrahim Ahmed is a Community Broadband Networks intern for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Southern California studying politics, philosophy, and law. He is interested in the intersection between political, economic, and social inequalities and how they affect access to broadband. Ibrahim is also the author of the forthcoming book, "Uniting the Divided States of America," set to be published by New Degree Press in December 2021.

Emma Gautier is a Community Broadband Networks intern for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. She supports data collection and analysis within the broadband initiative. Emma recently received a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Carleton College, and since graduation has been working in research, advocacy and political organizing for social and environmental justice. She is interested in the synthesis of research and on-the-ground action in communities.  

Ethan Winter is a graduate student in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and a Community Broadband Networks Intern with ILSR. He enjoys using data to fight against monopolists and advocate for local power. Prior to ILSR, Ethan graduated with a BA in Managerial Economics from Allegheny College. While off work, he brews beer and mead.

Henry Holtgeerts is a Multimedia Production Intern with the Community Broadband Networks Initiative. With a background in broadcast engineering, filmmaking, and web development he often finds himself at the intersection of storytelling and technology. Henry believes the Internet is wasted on multinational corporations, and that real innovation happens as people build networks in the places they love.