Spring 2003

CTCNet Welcomes New Executive Director Kavita Singh
by Erroll Reese and Daniel Schackman

Kavita Singh

Kavita Singh Named New E.D

The Board of Directors of CTCNet is pleased to announce the selection of Kavita Singh as Executive Director, beginning this March in the Cambridge office. Kavita brings a wealth of experience in the community technology field, most recently as Director of Programs at the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute in Oakland, CA. From 2001 to the present, she developed and managed grant and service programs for Oakland Public school communities. Among those programs was the Oakland Technology Exchange-West (OTX-West), a local CTC that in two years provided more than 4,000 computers to Oakland schools and homes. Kavita is also familiar to some of our members, having served as a part-time Project Coordinator for CTCNet, covering three U.S. Dept. of Education regions in 2001-2002.

Prior to her current experience, Kavita was a Project Manager at the NewDeal Foundation in Somerville, MA, where she constructed and managed a grant process that donated software to over 75 community agencies and developed a three-day computer training institute for 25 community members at Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Harlem, MT.

Erroll Reese
Erroll Reese is President of the Board of Directors for CTCNet

From 1997-2000, Kavita directed two professional development programs providing support to more than 40 New York City public schools and community organizations as a Program Officer for New Visions for Public Schools. For Project First, she annually recruited and supervised 10-15 AmeriCorps Members to provide school-based technical training and support to teachers, parents, and students. For the Service Learning Project, she managed professional development for nine teachers through seminars, on-site consultants, and an annual conference to strengthen connections between student community service experiences and academic goals. From 1993-1996, she was a Computer Interface Designer with Computer Sciences Corporation in New Jersey. Kavita has also done extensive community work, including tutoring, mentoring, computer and Internet training, and volunteer management. Kavita has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Drexel University and a Master of Education with a concentration in Technology in Education from Harvard University.

CTCNet is looking forward to working with Kavita in this exciting time of growth for the organization and the field of community technology. "I'm truly honored and excited to be closely involved with CTCNet again," says Singh. "Our centers and programs use technology in so many different ways that engage and enable us to do what is really at the core of community technology. This core includes literacy, workforce development, access to tools and information, second language acquisition, youth leadership, and numerous other educational and assistive services that help people and communities grow.

"I look forward to working with the board and staff to continue the network's growth and educate the public about the remarkable work that goes on at each of our centers."

Erroll Reese is President of the Board of Directors for CTCNet.
Dan Schackman is a CTC VISTA working in the CTCNet national office in Cambridge, MA.

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