Katie Hearn

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Katie Hearn


As the director of DCTP, Katie brings a passion for big picture visioning and co-creation. A self-described “dial-up baby,” an interest in community wireless networks led her to the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and the Detroit Digital Stewards community group, where she was moved by the promise of alternative digital futures.

She currently serves on the board of the Detroit Community Wealth Fund and the United Community Housing Coalition, and is a founding board member of the Detroit Kite Festival. If she’s not in a meeting, she is likely on a soccer field or a dance floor.

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Janice Gates

Director of EII

Janice has a background in program management, marketing and public relations, and communications. In her role as the Program Director for the Equitable Internet Initiative (EII), she works with anchor organizations in three neighborhoods of Detroit seeding community technology programing, including DCTP’s Digital Stewards training program.


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Tawana Petty

Director, Data Justice Program

Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is intricately involved in water rights organizing, data and digital privacy rights education, racial justice and equity work. She is Director of the Data Justice Program for DCTP, co-leads Our Data Bodies (ODB), and is a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC), where she co-organizes Data DiscoTechs. She co-produced the Digital Defense Playbook with ODB, and produced a report, A Critical Summary of Detroit's Project Green Light and Its Greater Context on the city's surveillance program. Tawana also co-produced Riverwise Magazine's special surveillance issue, Detroiters Want to Be Seen, Not Watched, a theme inspired by ODB.


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Anderson Walworth

Chief Networking Engineer

Anderson has been working with Detroit Digital Stewards since 2011 and has been part of several AMP, DCTP, DDJC based community technology projects in Detroit. His current work focuses on wireless network design/build-out and Digital Steward training for DCTP's Equitable Internet Initiative.


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Kristyn Sonnenberg

UX Developer

Kristyn has a background in UX research and design as well as web development. She is part of the communications team for DCTP, focusing on information design, graphic design and branding, and social media guides for the Equitable Internet Initiative. She is also responsible for design and development of DCTP’s website.

Leon Hister

Administrative Manager

Leon provides administrative support and manages communications for DCTP. They are interested in building systems and ways of relating that facilitate ease and sustainability as well as writing that dreams of potential new worlds.