SAIO 50 for 50: Kimball Sekaquaptewa
This Week's Spotlight: Kimball Sekaquaptewa ('95, B.A. Latin American Studies)
Sekaquaptewa (Hopi Tribe of Arizona) is the Chief Technology Director at the Santa Fe Indian School. She has addressed regional broadband connectivity issues with innovative use of the FCC’s E-Rate program to construct middle mile networks by working with tribes to aggregate demand and harness local expertise to build tribally-owned networks. Her work with six tribes in New Mexico resulted in the construction of two 60-mile fiber optic networks bringing high speed Internet rural underserved Pueblos. Sekaquaptewa’s early work to build tribal capacity and the next generation of Native IT professionals included a $1.2 million National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers award that provided STEM opportunities for native youth including. She also co-authored a USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant that connected sixteen Tribal libraries to the Santa Fe Indian School distance learning center, expanding native language classes and promoting language revitalization.
Sekaquaptewa is a former Woodrow Wilson MBA in Education Leadership Fellow. In addition to her Stanford degree, Sekaquaptewa holds an M.B.A from the University of New Mexico.