Denise Linn Riedl
Denise Linn Riedl works on ecosystem development for City Tech Collaborative, tackling local technology planning, equity, and public engagement challenges that have national interest. Prior to City Tech, Denise was the Program Analyst for the Smart Chicago Collaborative, where she managed citywide digital inclusion and smart city initiatives like Connect Chicago, The Chicago School of Data, and the Array of Things Civic Engagement Project. Before she moved to Chicago, Denise worked in telecommunications policy and championed abundant, affordable broadband nationally and locally. As a member of the Berkman Klein Center Fiber Team and a co-author of “Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook,” Denise assisted municipalities interested in modernizing their communications infrastructure. She also previously worked in the Spectrum Auctions Division of the Federal Communications Commission. She started her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in North Carolina forwarding urban and rural broadband adoption. Denise has a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and English from the University of Virginia (“Wahoowa!”) and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is currently a Fellow with the Benton Foundation.
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