The Aspen Digital program discusses the application process for the Summer 2022 Cohort of the newly launched Digital Equity Accelerator. This session focused on providing additional information for U.S.-based applicants. The webinar consisted of a brief, introductory presentation on the Accelerator, followed by time for questions and answers on how to craft an effective application.
Attendance was not required to be considered for the Accelerator program, and organizations that attended will not be given preference in the review process, which is anonymous.
In its pilot year, the Digital Equity Accelerator will support six nonprofits on the ground in the United State, India, and Morocco by scaling their innovative approaches to uplift communities affected by the digital divide.
Project Lead, Digital Equity Accelerator
Jennifer Atala, Project Lead of the Digital Equity Accelerator at Aspen Digital, is also the founder of Inara Strategies, a global consultancy applying a systems-level approach to develop initiatives that catalyze economic growth and inclusivity, initially launched in 2014. In this role, she has led country-level engagements in the Palestinian Territories, Israel, and Jordan; curated partnerships with Fortune 500 & 1000 companies; led assessments and designed sustainable initiatives for inclusive tech innovation accelerator programs for eBay; and more.
Jennifer regularly speaks on tech innovation, economic growth, and Israel-Palestine, including at SXSW 2021 on “AI & National Security“. She has been featured in The Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, i24 News, and more. Most recently, she was honored as a 2021 “Top 50 Under 50” National Security & Foreign Affairs Leader by the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) and Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN). She conducts business in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Project Coordinator, Digital Equity Accelerator
Andrew Keller supports the Digital Equity Accelerator initiative as a project coordinator, working to inform the design and manage the implementation of its inaugural cohort. Andrew previously worked with Aspen Digital as a graduate policy apprentice, managing the team’s roundtables on multidimensional, digital infrastructure.
Prior to joining Aspen Digital, Andrew worked as a Project Manager at J.P. Morgan, managing improvements to the J.P. Morgan Funds’ online, retail trading portal, and helping facilitate the rollout of Morgan Money, the firm’s global liquidity trading portal. Andrew earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in International Relations and Journalism from the Ohio State University. Andrew is currently based in Washington, D.C.