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Digital Inclusion Champions

People are the heart of success for the California Emerging Technology Fund.  There is no substitute for leadership—individuals in all segments of the community and at all levels of government taking personal responsibility to make something happen.  From the very beginning, CETF identified building partnerships with community leaders as a bedrock concept in its Strategic Action Plan.  That evolved into “Civic Leader Engagement” as the first of the 5 Overall Strategies.  In 2007, CETF conducted intense Fact Finding Meetings to listen to community organizations, civic leaders, and local government officials to gather input about strategies and best practices in Digital Inclusion.  This process underscored the magnitude of the challenges and reinforced the premise that CETF had to “invest in people” to accomplish its mission—support existing leaders with commitment and passion as Digital Champions and develop their organizational capacity to promote Digital Inclusion. It was clear that CETF must become a Catalyst for Action while relying on many other people as pioneers and trailblazers to complete the job of closing the Digital Divide.  The section honors the People who have made a difference over the last decade in advancing Digital Inclusion for the future of California.

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The ACME Network

  • VialAwards
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Deborah Brooks

  • VialAwards
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Bob Cabeza

  • VialAwards
  • Neighborhood Transformation
  • Neighborhood Transformation Leaders
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California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

  • Community Leaders
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California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

  • CPUC
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Mignon Clyburn

  • Federal
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Community Development Technologies Center

  • VialAwards
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Delaine Eastin

  • Education and School2Home
  • State
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John Gioia

  • Neighborhood Transformation
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Dr. Tyrone Howard

  • Neighborhood Transformation
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Trish Kelly

  • Neighborhood Transformation
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Sam Liccardo

  • Community Leaders
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Sophia Mendonza

  • Education and School2Home
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Dr. Pedro A. Noguera

  • Education and School2Home
  • Neighborhood Transformation
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Ken Shelton

  • Education and School2Home
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Libby Schaff

  • Community Leaders
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Pamela Stiles

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    Southeast Community Development Corp

    • Community Leaders
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    Tony Thurmond

    • Education and School2Home
    • State
    Tom Torlakson portfolio thumbnail

    Tom Torlakson

    • Education and School2Home
    Martha van Rooijen portfolio thumbnail

    Martha van Rooijen

    • Community Leaders
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    Cesar Zaldivar-Motts

    • Neighborhood Transformation