About Rondella Hawkins, John Speirs & Will Swinton-GinsbergRondella Hawkins is Officer of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs with the City of Austin. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience in local government. Her office has direct responsibility over utility rights-of-way franchise agreements and license agreements with telecommunications and wireless providers, and she serves as the City’s single point of contact for the Google Fiber and AT&T Fiber projects. She is responsible for implementing the City’s Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan, ensuring that all Austin residents have the information technology capacity needed for civic and cultural participation, employment, and access to essential services.
John Speirs is Digital Inclusion Program Coordinator, Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, with the City of Austin. Speirs manages operations of the following function areas: Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan Implementation, Grant for Technology Opportunities Program Administration, Community Connections Program, and Austin Free-Net contract. This position coordinates with local organizations, neighborhood groups, city commissions, and other public and private entities involved with the community technology in Austin. Speirs, a native of California, has a BS in Political Science with a minor in Environmental Planning from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is currently completing his master’s degree in Public Administration at Texas State University—San Marcos.
Will Swinton-Ginsberg of Americorps-VISTA works with the Office of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, City of Austin. Swinton-Ginsberg works to enhance the strength of Austin’s diverse digital inclusion community through the development of strategic co-creation processes, engagement, and outreach, as well as research and analysis of best practices to achieve equity. In 2015, he graduated with a BA in Global Development at the University of Kentucky and has worked on projects to achieve equity in cities from Cape Town, South Africa, to Louisville, Kentucky.
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WATCH A VIDEO DISCUSSION WITH THE AUTHORS OF VOLUME 5, ISSUE 1
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- Facilitating Public-Private Partnerships for Digital Equity and Inclusion in Kansas City, Missouri
- In Portland, the Path to Digital Equity: Building Inclusion from the Ground Up