BroadBand & Infrastructure

Session 1
May 10-11, 2022
Broadband & Infrastructure
Join us virtually or
in person* at the Mayflower Hotel in
Washington D.C.
*limited seats available


10:30AM - 10:40AM EST

Seminar Kick-Off & Welcome

Caitlin Cain
LISC VP and Rural Director
Lisa Glover
Tim Rios
Senior Vice President, Rural Strategy Leader, Social Impact & Sustainability, Wells Fargo
10:40AM - 10:45AM EST

Video Message from Mitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu
White House Senior Advisor & Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator
10:45AM - 10:55AM EST

Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law: Implementation Status

Matt Josephs
SVP Policy, LISC
10:55AM - 12:00PM EST

Driving Catalytic Investments in Infrastructure

10:55AM - 11:10AM EST
Keynote: Administrator Alejandra Y. Castillo
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
11:10AM - 12:15PM EST

Executive Roundtable: Early Investors in a Catalytic Concept

Lisa Glover
Lynette Bell
President, Truist Foundation
Jasmine Thomas
Senior Director, Airband Initiative (US), Microsoft
12:15PM - 12:45PM EST

Break & Lunch

12:45PM - 1:15PM EST

Rural LISC Address: The Human Infrastructure Moving Digital Infrastructure Forward

Christa Vinson
Rural LISC Program Office
Ted Stiger
Senior Director of Government Relief & Policy, RCAP
1:15PM - 1:25PM EST

Remarks from Andy Berke

Andy Berke
Special Representative for Broadband at NTIA
1:25PM - 3:00PM EST

Rural Broadband from the Ground Up: Delivering on a $65 Billion Promise

Panel discussion on how innovative partnerships and local political will finally close the rural digital divide.

Scott Woods, Host
Director, Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives at NTIA, Office of Internet Connectivity & Growth*
Anna Read
Senior Officer Broadband Initiative, Pew Charitable Trust
Jerry Kuthy
Program Officer, Cameron Foundation
Josh Seidemann
VP of Policy, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
Bob Knight
Economic and Community Development Commissioner, Town of Ridgefield, Connecticut and Co-chair, Fiber Broadband Association’s Public Officials Group
3:00PM - 3:15PM EST


3:15PM - 4:30PM EST

Investing in Innovative and Resilient Infrastructure in Rural Communities - Fireside Chat on

Panel discussion on strategies to access funds for resilient infrastructure and the need for coordination between government entities as well as local leaders setting a creative vision.

George Ashton
President, LISC Fund Management and Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives
Justin Maxson,
Under secretary, USDA
Joe McKinney
Executive Director, NADO
Emily E. Rose
Senior Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
Annie Donovan
Chief Operating Officer, LISC
Brian Vo
Chief Investment Officer, Connect Humanity
5:30PM - 7:00PM EST

Networking Cocktail Reception

9:00AM - 9:45AM EST


9:45AM - 10:15AM EST

Federal Policy Update

Mark Kudlowitz
LISC Policy
10:15AM - 12:00PM EST

Rural Innovators Lightening Round

Rural LISC network partners, allies and friends detail best practices in infrastructure with an emphasis on water, renewable energy and broadband.

Emma Johnson
Southeast Nebraska Collaborative, Digital Navigators
Brooke Eskridge
Central MO Community Action, Digital Navigators
John Hendrix
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Broadband Infrastructure
Adam Kent
LISC DC, Solar PV + Affordable Housing
Alexander Brandon
Communities Unlimited, Mississippi water projects
Brian Robinson
Tribal Energy Manager/Utility Engineer, MBCI
Corianne Scally
Urban Institute, Texas climate mitigation project

2022 Rural Talks Seminar Session on
Broadband & Infrastructure Sponsors