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Executive Director
Next Century Cities

The Digital Divide and Its Profound Impact on Privacy, Future of Work, and Gaps in Wealth


Francella Ochillo is an attorney and digital rights advocate who has worked on a variety of technology and telecommunications issues with a specific focus on assessing the impact on underrepresented communities. As Executive Director of Next Century Cities, she leads efforts to help policymakers and lawmakers at every level of government recognize the importance of ubiquitous broadband and community partnerships. Her organization’s work supports a bipartisan coalition of local officials who are expanding high-speed Internet opportunities for their residents. A member of the District of Columbia Bar and Federal Communications Bar Association, Francella also represents Next Century Cities on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee’s Disaster Response & Recovery Working Group.