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Deb Socia


Deb Socia is president and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a nonprofit that nurtures innovation in Chattanooga, Tenn., with the goal of connecting people to resources and building an inclusive community. Prior to her current role, Socia was executive director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that supports community leaders as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable and reliable internet. Previously, she was the executive director of the Tech Goes Home program in Boston, whose mission is to ensure digital equity. Her early career included 32 years as an educator and administrator.

Communities face a lot of challenges in improving Internet access. The key is engaging stakeholders in a collaborative process.