Mari SilbeySenior Director of Partnerships and Outreach at US Ignite
Mari Silbey is Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach for US Ignite, and Program Director for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, a $100 million initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and a consortium of more than 30 wireless companies and associations. In her time at US Ignite, she has helped launch several public-private partnership programs, convened smart city workshops with local leaders around the country, and created content – playbooks, podcasts, and videos – to promote community and connectivity best practices.
Mari has nearly two decades of experience in the telecom industry. Prior to joining US Ignite, she spent several years as a journalist covering broadband infrastructure. Her telecom and cable roots go back further through work as an independent writer and analyst with both analyst firms and several private-sector companies including Limelight Networks and Motorola before its acquisition (and later sell-off) by Google.
A graduate of Duke University, Mari lives just outside of Washington, D.C.