ABOUT US

Community Tech Network envisions an Internet with equitable access to inclusive and diverse content and technical support.

We believe that access to the Internet is a human right and that those without the skills to use a computer are at risk of social and economic disadvantage.

As public services and essential information are increasingly moving online, many people are left without access. All too often, America’s broadband internet gaps mirror its racial gaps. Given the health and equity benefits we know that broadband can deliver to people and communities, this disparity is unacceptable.

Digital opportunities will become just another marker of racial inequity unless we support and empower communities of color through equal access to affordable broadband and the digital skills to use it.

Community Tech Network strives to address these systemic inequities by providing digital skills training while helping our learners acquire home internet and a device. We recognize that access to technology is only a partial solution to systemic and persistent inequities. Connectivity needs to be coupled with digital skills training that is relevant and accessible to all learners no matter their language, age, or socioeconomic status.

OUR IMPACT

Measuring its impact, CTN surveys show that clients had more access to health information (76%); felt more connected to friends and family (69%); felt more confident living independently (69%); had a better quality of life (72%); and felt happier in general (73%). Also, due to Home Connect’s success, CTN has replicated the program to support its partners to connect their clients to the internet, many of whom are low-income and lack digital literacy skills.

CTN by the numbers since 2017

UNIQUE LEARNERS

7300

HOURS OF INSTRUCTION

37292

DEVICES DISTRIBUTED

3079

LEARNER VISITS

43926

VOLUNTEER HOURS

4570

VOLUNTEERS

1226

OUR HISTORY

Our origins can be traced back to 2001 when we started as a program of TechSoup (then called CompuMentor) to address a rapidly growing need for public digital literacy training. In 2007, a community survey indicated an ongoing need for CTN’s digital literacy work, and the transition to charitable status was made. In 2008, Community Tech Network gained its 501(c)3 nonprofit status and became an independent nonprofit organization with grant support from the Full Circle Fund.

The internet has become a central aspect of everyday life. Access to it is no longer a privilege but a right. To meet the increased need, CTN has adapted our model, expanded our team, and widened our reach. In 2017, we spread our sphere of influence beyond San Francisco to the Central Texas area. In 2020 we transformed our programming structure to accommodate remote learning.

Today, CTN is led by an active and diverse Board of Directors comprising community leaders, business leaders, and technology advocates from local nonprofits in both the San Francisco and Austin areas. With more partners, staff members, learners, and volunteers than ever before, CTN is excited to amplify our impact as we seek new partnerships across the nation.

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OUR STAFF

Our talented team comes from a variety of backgrounds and locations. They are passionate about bringing digital equity to marginalized communities. Many of our employees work completely remotely. Interested in joining the team? Click here to learn more.

KAMI GRIFFITHS

Executive Director/Co-Founder

CAROL SIMMONS

Operations Director

KARI GRAY

Digital Literacy Program Director

SABRINA TAM

Senior Program Manager

STEPHEN MINOR

Senior Program Manager

JOSIE BOYLE

Bilingual Digital Literacy Program Manager

CARLOS SIVIRA FALCON

Bilingual Digital Literacy Program Manager

PATRICIA JEW

Program & Volunteer Manager

AUDREY POTTS

Program Coordinator

PATRICK QIU

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

AL HO

Technology Lead

DIMA KHOURY

Training Manager

ALEXEY MOROV

Training Manager

JANNETTE ESTRADA

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

EMMA REEDER

Bilingual Training Associate

ANNIE TAN

Bilingual Digital Literacy Program Associate

LAUREN COTTER

Marketing & Communications Director

JESSICA PASQUARELLO

Marketing and Communications Associate

KELSEY SALLEE

Design Consultant

ERIKA JONES-CLARY

Online Communications Consultant

SAM AGARWAL

Finance Director

DALE THOMPSON

Finance Manager

PATRICIA DWYER

Encore Fellow/Salesforce Admin

SKYE DOWNING

Capacity Building Program Manager

MERCEDES MARROQUIN

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

MARIA VAZQUEZ

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

VALERIE ROBATEAU

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

NYARIE ZHOU

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

TOM YANG

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

CHRISTINE ABIBA

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

PAOLO BANZON

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

MELISSA BRAVO

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

ELIZABETH SOBERANES

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

PHIL SCHUTT

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

JASPER HUA

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

JIABAO WEN

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

RYAN HUANG

Bilingual Digital Literacy Instructor

OUR BOARD

CTN is led by an active and diverse Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, business leaders, and technology advocates from both the San Francisco and Austin areas. Learn how you can join our board.

MARGARET SCHOELWER

Board Chair
Accenture

DR. ROBERT FRIEDMAN

Vice Chair
The Permanent Legacy Foundation

LAUREN DEBARR

Treasurer
BDO USA, LLP

LAURA CASTELLANOS

Secretary
SF New Deal

NAVEED BIN ANWAR

Accenture

ERIC BEATTIE

The Gladstone Institutes / UCSF Mission Bay

MELANIE TERRELL

Gap Inc.

OUR PARTNERS

Since its inception, CTN has grown its scope from a few partners in San Francisco to over 50 that span the wider Bay Area and Austin, TX. Our partners are housing developments, senior centers, recreation centers, libraries and social service agencies. The common factor among all our partners is they are trusted places where people go for services and support. We recognize the need in both cities for the service we provide (train the trainer, curriculum development, staff capacity building and evaluation) specifically to address the basic digital literacy needs in the community. Here is a list of our current partners:

Aging and Adult Service Agency

Bayanihan Equity Center
Bayview Senior Services: Rosa Parks Senior Center, Western Addition Senior Center, Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center
Canon Kip Senior Center
Center For Elders’ Independence
Covia
Curry Senior Center
Golden Gate Senior Services: Castro Senior Center, Richmond Senior Center
Institute on Aging
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
Meals On Wheels San Francisco
Open House SF
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
Piedmont Gardens (Humangood)
Senior & Disability Action
Seniors At Home
Western Addition Senior Center

    Social Service Agency

    Asian Pacific American Community Center (APACC)
    Booker T Washington Community Service Center
    Calle 24
    Catholic Charities
    Centro Latino De San Francisco
    Community Living Campaign (CLC)
    Community Music Center
    IT Bookman Community Center
    Lutheran Support Services
    Mission Neighborhood Centers
    Native American Health Center
    OnLok: 30th Street Senior Center, Rose Center
    San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services
    San Francisco Department of Public Health
    San Francisco Public Library
    Sequoia Living: Downtown Senior Center, Aquatic Park Senior Center, Eastern Park Apartments
    Shanti Project
    South of Market Health Center
    Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
    UCSF – Mt. Zion
    West County Community Services (WCCS)
    YMCA: Chinatown, Richmond
    Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

      Government Agency

      City of Oakland
      City of San Jose
      City of Sunnyvale

        Affordable Housing Provider

        Bernal Heights Neighborhood Centers
        Burbank Housing
        Conard House
        DISH SF
        Home Rise (formerly Community Housing Partnership)
        Mercy Housing
        San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC)
        Tabernacle Community Development Corporation (TCDC)
        Tenderloin Housing Clinic
        Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)

        OUR FUNDERS

        With the valued support of our generous funders, Community Tech Network remains poised at the forefront of technological empowerment and education in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, TX. We invite the support of any individual or organization that recognizes alignment between our mission and their own. We welcome contributions of time, resources, information, financing, and services, and are always happy to discuss possibilities with our supporters.

        $50,000+

        AT&T
        California Consumer Protection Foundation
        City & County of San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services
        City & County of San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
        Comcast
        Consumer Technology Association Foundation
        Metta Fund
        Okta for Good
        Twitter
        St David’s Foundation
        WKF Fund

        $25,000 – $49,999

        Charter Communications
        City of Austin
        Crescent Porter Hale Foundation
        Dell
        The Henry Mayo Newhall Found
        KLA Foundation
        Yahoo

        $10,000 – $24,999

        The Barrios Trust
        The Christensen Fund
        Clover Health Labs
        Full Circle Fund
        Junior League of San Francisco
        Latino Community Foundation

        $500 – $9,999

        Accenture
        Adobe
        Advent
        AppDynamics
        Beneficial State Bank
        Cornerstone Advisors
        Chevron
        Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund
        Google Fiber
        IBM
        Microsoft
        Mobile Beacon
        Polsinelli
        Quantcast
        Salesforce
        Zelle

        We are also very fortunate to have many generous individual donors. If you would like to contribute to our work of closing the digital divide, visit our donation page.