2021 Keynote Speakers
Jonathan Chambers and Rey Ramsey
Principal at Conexon
Jonathan Chambers is a principal at Conexon, a company that works with rural electric membership cooperatives to bring fiber to the home and Gigabit speeds to rural communities. He served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission and 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.
Prior to his tenure with the FCC, Jonathan spent nearly two decades working for start-up companies in the wireless and cable television industries in the U.S. and in Europe. He worked in legal, regulatory, business development and strategic planning roles. His previous government experience was with the U.S. Senate, where he worked for Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO) as legislative director, for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as a professional staff member, and for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation as the Republican staff director.
Jonathan has a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and the Harriman Institute for Soviet Studies, and a BA in economics from Yale University.
Chairman and CEO of Centri Tech
Rey Ramsey is Chairman and CEO of Centri Tech, a company focused on building broadband networks, creating content and creating applications for a social purpose. He has devoted his career to building and leading social enterprises with a particular emphasis on housing equity and expanding access to technology in low-income communities. After serving as Oregon‘s Director of Housing and Community Services, Mr. Ramsey held successive positions as president and COO of Enterprise Community Partners, Chairman of Habitat for Humanity International; and was the founding CEO and chairman of One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit provider of internet services to low-income homes. Additionally, he served as president and CEO of TechNet, a bipartisan network of tech executives representing two million employees and $800 billion in revenues.
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