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Community Technology Advisory Board Welcomes New Members for 2021

Seattle IT and the Mayor’s Office are pleased to present three new appointments and three re-appointments to the Community Technology Advisory Board at the Council Transportation and Utilities Committee on January 20. The appointments were unanimously approved by members of the Committee and subsequently confirmed by the full City Council on January 25. 

The Community Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) welcomes new members Femi AdebayoNicole Espy, and Leah Shin. The reappointments are René PetersLassana Magassa, and Brandon Lindsey. The appointments and reappointments complete full membership of all positions on CTAB. 

CTAB is comprised of 10 volunteer members – six appointed by the Mayor and four appointed by the Seattle City Council – who serve in an advisory capacity to help guide citywide decision making around issues of community-wide interest relating to information and communications technology. Issues are referred by the Mayor and Councilmembers or come from community input. Board members are appointed to a two-year term which can be renewed for one additional term.  

The three new members will be in attendance for their first board meeting at the next monthly CTAB meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m.  

New Appointments to CTAB: 

Femi Adebayo: Femi has in-depth experience across all Core Technology Business Functions and Operations. Through his years of experience, he has developed strong leadership, communication, negotiation, creative and analytical skills. He is excited about the opportunity to work and learn from other board members. If selected, he will bring years of experience delivering products and solutions to customers in the financial services, mobile telecoms, energy and utilities, and technology industries to bear during his tenure on the board. In his current role at Microsoft, he works as a Program Manager responsible for driving Windows app experience for both consumer and enterprise users. He is also the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion community.
Nicole Espy: Nicole is a HIV Diagnostic Project Manager at Fred Hutch. She brings an extraordinary wealth of knowledge of medical and health technology that is only more critical as the CTAB seeks to find ways that technology can equitably respond to public health crises such as Covid-19. According to Nicole, in light of our collective experience of the Covid epidemic and the continuing inequity experienced by black people in Seattle and the United States, she would like to use her experience as a black scientist to improve the lives of her neighbors and herself. Nicole has been an active member with the CTAB and is the Co-Chair of the CTAB’s Privacy Subcommittee. 
Leah Shin: As a lifelong Washingtonian and Seattle native, Leah grew fascinated by people and is human-centered in everything she does. As a University of Washington Bothell alumni, she continues to build products that are inclusive, interactive, and have the core mission to make lives easier in every aspect of my daily life. She built her professional skillset and experience in a variety of roles and projects locally. An innovator at heart, she created my Gender Vender team, a vending machine pop-up, which received a grant from the Seattle Pacific Science Center to support Seattle womxn-owned businesses and raised money for Girls & Women in STEM. Leah has work experience at T-Mobile, BCW Global, Jumpstart, Peach, and now Microsoft in roles such as Product Management, Technology Solutions Management, Marketing & Operations Communications Management, Technology Product Management, Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Management, Public Relations, Market Research, and Product Development.