Bud Hunt

Bud Hunt is the IT and Technical Services Manager for the Clearview Library District in northern Colorado, where he serves a highly committed team of librarians and support staff in their work to be of service to their community through access to information, tools, high quality resources and programming.

Formerly an instructional technologist for the St. Vrain Valley School District, where he worked with a strong team of educators and technologists, Bud believes in creating environments that support innovative teaching and learning while preserving freedom, choice, and opportunity for all learners across multiple contexts. His extensive experience in both pedagogy and technical systems helps him to build bridges between the educational and technological sides of educational institutions. Bud advises others across the country on the thoughtful implementation of technology to support teaching and learning.

A long time ago, he taught high school language arts and journalism at Olde Columbine High School in Longmont, Colorado, where he learned about the importance of healthy human relationships in all matters of teaching and learning.

Bud is a teacher-consultant with the Colorado State University Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project, a group working to improve the teaching of writing in schools via regular and meaningful professional development. Bud is a former co-editor of the New Voices column of English Journal, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English, and a co-founder of Learning 2.0: A Colorado Conversation

In 2013, Bud was named a ConnectED Champion of Change by the White House.

Bud reads, writes, and worries about the future of reading and writing and teaching and learning at http://www.budtheteacher.com.  Occasionally, he does workshops and conferences as a part-time consultant.

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Don Ness

Don Ness grew up during the 1980's and '90s as a shy pastor's kid in the Hillside, a working-class Duluth neighborhood of modest homes and spectacular Lake Superior views. Coming of age amid decades of decline for the city powerfully affected Don, and as a young man he committed himself to public service. After eight years as a city councilor, he was elected Duluth's mayor. Even though he struggled early and made a string of unpopular decisions, Duluth residents eventually gave him job-approval ratings around 89 percent, Twin Cities Business named him 2013 Person of the Year, and Garrison Keillor once called him "America's most popular mayor." During his sixteen years in elected office, Don has contributed to and celebrated his hometown's revitalization and truly believes its best days are yet to come. Don and Laura Ness and their there kids -- Eleanor, James, and Owen -- live happily in a city built on a hill overlooking the world's greatest lake.

Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a co-director of the Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, and a contributor to Medium.com’s Backchannel. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She also served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation and is now a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force. Ms. Crawford was formerly a (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches courses about city uses of technology, Internet law, and communications law. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. One of Politico’s 50 Thinkers, Doers and Visionaries Transforming Politics in 2015; one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011); and one of TIME Magazine’s Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech (2013). Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy. 

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Jonathan Chambers

Jonathan has worked for over twenty-five years at start-up companies, large corporations and the U.S. Government. For the past four years, Jonathan was Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission. Jonathan was part of the senior leadership at the FCC that reformed $12 billion in annual federal spending, including the rural and high cost fund, e-rate, telecommunications relay services and the lifeline programs. Jonathan also conceived of the Rural Broadband Experiment and was involved in the auction design for the Connect America Fund.

Prior to the FCC, Jonathan worked in the cable and telecommunications industry in the U.S. and Europe. He was one of the original employees at Sprint PCS, where he was Vice President of Public Policy and Associate General Counsel. In Europe, he worked with Telenet (Belgium), Ono (Spain) and Ish (Germany). He was General Counsel of TVGateway, a company formed by Comcast, Cox and Charter to develop an electronic program guide. Jonathan was Chief Strategy Officer, General Counsel and a founder of Movida Communications, Inc., an MVNO focused solely on the US Hispanic market.

At the start of his professional career, Jonathan spent eight years in the U.S. Senate, as staff director for the Commerce Committee, staff member of the Intelligence Committee and legislative director to Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO). Jonathan holds a BA in economics from Yale College, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Jonathan will be a Senior Fellow at the University of Colorado Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship.