About the event
Following the swift changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, internet access became increasingly critical for the delivery of both education and health care. The Digital Equity Forum event will explore remote learning and telehealth trends that were instrumental in continuing these services to society. Forum panelists will discuss the digital shift, shine a light on advances and gaps, and identify the lessons that must be applied going forward. The panel will also focus on the future of telecommunications and the role of local government to advance policies to facilitate internet for all.
Senator Lisa Wellman
Lisa Wellman represents 41st Legislative District in the Washington State Senate. In the Senate, Lisa serves as the chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. She was also chosen by her colleagues to serve on the Energy, Environment & Technology Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee.
Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis
Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis was elected to the council in November 2017. His focus is on neighborhoods and results-oriented local government. Jared represents the council on the King County Growth Management Planning Council and is council liaison to the Human Services Commission.
Dr. Lisa Chew
Lisa Chew, M.D., M.P.H., is a board certified physician and Associate Medical Director for Ambulatory Care at Harborview Medical Center. She is also a UW Medicine associate professor of General Internal Medicine.
Shomari Jones is the Bellevue School District's Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement. In his role, he is charged with engaging district staff in thoughtful exploration of institutionalized racism and its impact on student learning.
Governor Gary Locke - Moderator
Governor Gary Locke began his term as Interim President at Bellevue College on June 15, 2020. He has a passion for education policy. During his tenure at the College, Governor Locke is focused on encouraging a cultural shift on campus, providing stability, and elevating the college’s stature.