Francis Benjamin designs and implements psychological research experiments and technology for Washington State University. His research focus is on political interactions. He has worked previously as a broadcast engineer, electronics project engineer and technology consultant. Francis has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Psychology, and Theological Studies. He has served on Pullman City Council since 2003 where he specializes in Economic Development. Francis also serves as board chair of Southeast Washington Economic Development Association and the Palouse Regional Transportation Planning Organization. He is also on the boards of the Association of Washington Cities and the Palouse Knowledge Corridor.
Adam Gentz is responsible for system architecture, research and specification development for BizXchange. Serving BizX in many capacities including web development, database development and technical strategy over the last three years, Adam has been an integral part of the success of BizXchange. Prior to BizX, Adam’s work history includes development and test positions at local companies such as Microsoft and Intermec. Adam holds a BS, Computer Science from Pacific Lutheran University.
Mónica Guzmán is a digital life columnist and community strategist committed to better understanding technology so we can better understand ourselves. An active speaker and former reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where she created the experimental and award-winning Big Blog, Monica serves on the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute, is co-founder of NewsNext, a monthly speaker series for area journalists, and was named one of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 20 journalists to follow on Twitter as well as one of the Top 100 Women in Seattle Tech. Her columns appear weekly in Sunday’s Seattle Times, on seattletimes.com, and on Northwest tech news site GeekWire. Mónica is the recipient of the 2011 Northwest Excellence in Journalism award for Best Online Commentary.
Susannah Malarkey has served as Executive Director of the Technology Alliance since its inception in 1996. She oversees the operation of all TA programs and directs all research and policy activities undertaken by the organization. Susannah works closely with the TA Executive Committee and Board to develop and implement strategic initiatives that advance the organization’s goals in education, research and entrepreneurship.
Jason Preston is the co-founder of Dent the Future, which explores the magic and science of visionary leadership and groundbreaking success. Dent, through a flagship conference of the same name, aims to translate the success of great leaders in business, politics, or charity into a set of lessons for those who would “put a dent” in the future.
Jason has spoken at numerous local and national conferences including the Consumer Electronics Show, The Tweet House, and Ignite Seattle. He has also written about startups, social media, and emerging technologies in publications such as Seattle Business Magazine, Crosscut, and Geekwire.
Bill Schrier is the Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Government at www.eRepublic.com.
Schrier retired in May, 2012, as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle and director of the City’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT), reporting directly to Mayor Michael McGinn. Schrier was named one of Government Technology’s 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2008 (www.govtech.com/gt/articles/268508), and a Computerworld Premier 100 Leader for 2010 (www.computerworld.com/spring/p100/detail/279). He writes a blog about the intersection of information technology and government, how they sometimes collide but often influence and change each other. It can be found at www.digitalcommunitiesblogs.com/CCIO/ . He tweets at www.twitter.com/billschrier. Schrier is a retired officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.