Community Leaders

Community Leaders and community-based organizations (CBOs) as “trusted messengers” and “honest brokers” to reach disadvantaged populations are essential partners to implement projects on the ground in priority populations and target neighborhoods.  CETF has worked with a network of more than 100 CBOs that not only are experts in their own communities but also work together as a coordinated team through “Learning Communities” required by CETF to align collaboration with the overall strategies. 

California Community Builders
John Gamboa, President

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFLIC)

Center For Accessible Technology
Executive Director Dmitri Belser

Central Sierra Connect Broadband Consortium
Shelly Hance, Former Executive Director of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources
Patrick Kane, Program Mananger

Chicana Latina Foundation
Alicia Orozco

Chico State University Geographic Information
Courtney A. Farrell
Jason Schwenkler

Ellis Elementary – Sunnyvale
Lydia Lacy

EmPower Net California

Chike Aguh, Executive Director
Rania Ahmed, Regional Manager-Bay Area
Veronica Creech, Chief Programs Officer

Fresno State Office of Community & Economic Development (OECD)
San Joaquin Valley Regional Consortium
California Partnership For The San Joaquin Valley
Fresno State Small Business Development
Parent University

Eduardo Gonzalez, Executive Director

Fresno State University Foundation

Goodwill Industries of San Francisco

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Douglas Guthrie, CEO

Humboldt Area Foundation
Patrick Cleary, Executive Director

Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Paul Granillo, CEO

Inland Empire Regional Broadband Consortium
Martha van Rooijen,Executive Director

Los Angeles County Regional Broadband Consortium

Los Angeles Housing Partnership

Los Angeles Southern Missionary Baptist Church

Los Promotores
Martha Girard

Mission Language and Vocational School

National Housing Conference
Chris Estes, Ethan Handelman, Rebekah King, and Linda Mandolini

Northeast Region Connect Consortia
David Espinoza

Praxis Associates, Inc.
Michael Ort, President and CEO

Redwood Coast Connect
Connie Stewart Executive Director California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University

Redwood Region Economic Development Commission
Executive Director Gregg Foster

Smart Riverside
Lea Deesing, Executive Director

Stride Center

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Julian Castro

University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resource
Glenda Humiston, Vice President

Valley Vision
Bill Mueller, CEO

Dear Legislators:

We are writing to urge your support for AB 570 (Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry) to secure essential funding for high-speed Internet infrastructure for underserved rural communities and high-need low-income neighborhoods to respond to COVID-19…

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Arclight Media
Garret Matsuura

Arroyo Vista Family Health Center
Lorraine Estradas

Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast
Bill Simmons

California Emerging Technology Fund
Sunne Wright McPeak

California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
Vito Chiesa

California School Boards Association
Erika K. Hoffman

CaliforniaHealth+ Advocates
Carmela Castellano-Garcia

Louis Fox

Central Sierra Connect
Patrick Kane

Chicana Latina Foundation
Adriana Ayala

City of Livingston
Jose Antonio Ramirez

Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero
Carols Vaquerano

Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium
David Espinoza

Economic Development Collaborative
Bruce Stenslie

El Concilio
Ortensia Lopez

El Proyecto del Barrio, Inc.
Corrine Sanchez

Fresno State Connect Initiative
Claudia Sanchez

Gold Country Broadband
Kari Sinoff

Hagar Services Coalition, Inc.
Rose Jacobs Gibson

Gabe Middleton

Reid Cox

Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Paul Granillo

Inland Empire Regional Broadband Consortium
Martha van Rooijen

Inyo Networks
Michael Ort

Man on A Mission
Paul Lamb

Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State
Eduardo Gonzalez

Radio Bilingue
Hugo Morales

Reading and Beyond
Luis Santana

Rivera/Lanthier & Associates
Pat Lanthier

San Diego Futures Foundation
Gary Knight

San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium
Shelby Gonzales

San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center
Jorg LetkemannIsaak

Sierra Business Council
Kristin York

South Central Family Health Center
Richard Veloz

Southeast Community Development Center
Emma Hernandez

Southern Border Broadband Consortium
Tim Kelley

Tech Exchange
Seth Hubbert

Dr. Michael Lizárraga

United Way of California
Pete Manzo

Valley Vision
Trish Kelly

Vanry Associates
Stewart Ramsay

Winning Strategies LLC
Cynthia Mackey

YMCA of Greater Long Beach
Les G. Peters

Dear Policymakers and Regulators,

We urge you to support the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint because the proposed transaction will benefit all California consumers. T-Mobile has made nearly 50 verifiable, enforceable and specific commitments for California as part of the CPUC’s review of the merger, including commitments relating to 5G deployment and network buildout, pricing, jobs, network resiliency and emergency preparedness, digital literacy, diversity and inclusion, and support for LifeLine customers…

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African-American Farmers of California

AMVETS, Department of California

Asian Business Association – Inland Empire

California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce

California Center for Rural Policy

California Emerging Technology Fund

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Central Valley Latino Mayors & Elected Officials Coalition

City of Fowler

City of Kingsburg

City of Orange Cove

City of Parlier

City of Selma

Covered Community

Fresno Native American & Business Development Center

Fresno State Office of Community and Economic Development



Latin Business Association

League of United Latin American Citizens in California

Los Angeles County Regional Broadband Consortia

Manchester Community Technologies

National Action Network, LA

National Action Network, Sacramento

National Diversity Coalition

National Guard Association of California

Nisei Farmers League

OneVet, OneVoice

Reserve Officers Association, Department of the Golden West

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance

San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps

San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium

Si Se Puede Fresno, Kern, Kings, Tulare

Sierra Business Council

Southeast Community Development Corporation

Southern Border Broadband Consortium

Tahoe Prosperity Center

Tech Exchange

United Ways of California

Valley Vision

Women Veterans Alliance