Blandin on Broadband is maintained by the Broadband team members at the Blandin Foundation. Our goal is to share information that supports and promotes broadband access and use – especially in rural Minnesota. Our top blog posts often become articles in our monthly newsletter, eNews.
Contact the Blandin Foundation
100 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Toll Free: 877-882-2257
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I have been working as Director of the Blandin Foundation’s Public Policy & Engagement Program since the fall of 2001, when I moved to Grand Rapids after completing a a second Masters Degree in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. I spent most of the decade before that living in working in Moscow, Russia, first as a diplomat and then as a foot soldier in the effort to help build civil society after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I’m interested in broadband because I think it’s a critical infrastructure for the new knowledge economy.
As I am a former librarian I am interested in making information accessible to more users – by improving the pipes that the information travels through as well as improving organization of information. Towards that end, I work with the Blandin Foundation, Minnesota Rural Partners, Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, and the American Society for Information Science & Technology.
My work in community, and at the Blandin Foundation, is guided by the wise words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I recently completed my Masters at the Center for Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I am a proud native of Grand Rapids - a bandwidth and natural resource rich community in Northern Minnesota.