Build Broadband Together Presentation

Join Next Century Cities and the City of Albuquerque to learn about New Mexico broadband efforts, needs, and resources.


Dec 07, 2022
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM


National Hispanic Cultural Center & Zoom
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Local and state officials nationwide are working to expand broadband access and increase adoption. Participants will learn about best practices being implemented in New Mexican communities from community leaders who are taking ownership of persistent digital divides. Following the panel discussion, local and state leaders will have the opportunity to network and share ideas about how upcoming broadband grant programs could address local connectivity needs.

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  • 1:00 pm | Registration
  • 1:10-1:15 pm | Welcome remarks from Roxanna Barboza, Program Director at Next Century Cities & Catherine Nicolaou, Broadband Program Manager at City of Albuquerque
  • 1:15- 2:00 pm | Presentations and discussion on broadband efforts in New Mexico
  • 2:00-2:15 pm | An overview on the National Broadband Resource Hub
  • 2:15- 2:45 pm | Informal networking
  • 2:50 pm | Adjourn

Meet the Speakers

Catherine Nicolaou, Broadband Program Manager at City of Albuquerque

Catherine Nicolaou is the City of Albuquerque's first Broadband Program Manager, leading City broadband initiatives and efforts while being a voice for all community members. Prior to her role at the city, was the External Affairs and Marketing Manager for Sacred Wind Communications. She was a member of the FCC's Communications Equity and Diversity Council working group, the City of Albuquerque's Information Services Committee and is a board member for the New Mexico Technology Council. Catherine is a recipient of Albuquerque Business First's 40 Under 40 Award.

Jennifer Nevarez, Director and Lead Educator at CommUNITY Learning Network

Jennifer Nevarez is Director and Lead Educator for the CommUNITY Learning Network, an education nonprofit dedicated to building stronger communities through real-life learning and supporting CommUNITY resiliency. Programs support transformational learning and community-driven projects, online education, media and tech skills training, economic and workforce development, commUNITY and youth ambassador training, neighborhood revitalization and community support activities, internships, and volunteer learning.

Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Chief Technology Officer at Santa Fe Indian School

A member of the Hopi Tribe, Kimball has decades of experience working to bring connectivity to Tribal schools and libraries. Her efforts were recently featured in the New York Times and by Good Morning America. She has been a vocal advocate for getting all students connected, which is especially critical on Tribal Lands where four out of 10 students lack access to broadband at home. During a pandemic that has hit Tribal communities especially hard, listeners will hear how Kimball is working to help students get and stay connected for remote learning.

Roxanna Barboza, Program Director at Next Century Cities

As Next Century Cities Program Director, Ms. Barboza oversees NCC's membership of over 200+ mayors, municipal officials, and local leaders. Prior to joining NCC, Ms. Barboza worked at NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, United States Department of Agriculture's Reconnect Loan and Grant Program, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, National Hispanic Media Coalition, and Federal Communications Commission. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.




Catherine Nicolaou