Don Means

Founder/Principal - Digital Village Associates
Sausalito , CA
Bio:

With over 25 years experience in the IT industry, Means is co-founder and principal of Digital Village Associates, a consulting enterprise founded in 1994 that focuses on information/communications technologies as transformational tools and subject for local communities.

In 2007, as an extension of the “Community TeleStructure Initiative”, Means launched the “Fiber to the Library” campaign to assure next generation broadband connectivity for the 16,500 U.S. public libraries, as a national goal and as a spearhead project to lead broadband infrastructure build out.  That same year he also established the “National Presidential Caucus” to encourage wider and more meaningful civic participation through web-enabled, local self-organizing citizen groups across the country.

In 2005, Means and Digital Village launched the “Community TeleStructure Initiative”, as a national consortium advocating local responsibility for telecom/broadband infrastructure planning and community level market development.

In 2003-04, Means was Senior Political Advisor to Meetup.com, a community-building Web service with millions of members that provides an organizing tool for like-interested people, enabling them to gather off-line in localities anywhere in the world.

Means has served as an appointed member of the Information Technology Commission of California; as chair of the Information Technology Association of America’s education outreach program; and as a member of TechNet, a public policy organization of over 200 technology CEO’s where he has worked on normalizing trade relations with China, education restructuring in California, and national broadband policy.

Holding a finance degree from Southern Methodist University, Means has also studied architecture and environmental design at the University of Texas and international business relations at the University of Graz, Austria.

Reared in Ft. Worth, Texas, Means lives in Sausalito, California with his wife, Dominique Caron, a professional artist, originally from France.