Chris Pedersen

Vice President, Development & Planning
Connected Nation


Chris Pedersen serves as Vice President of Development and Planning for Connected Nation, a national non-profit focused on improving lives through technology. Chris leads nationwide development and planning efforts related to initiating community development, workforce, broadband expansion, and digital inclusion programs. Chris collaborates with various federal, state, and local entities, libraries, educational systems, and foundations to identify their current broadband and technology needs and opportunities and respond with comprehensive solutions. 

Working with Connected Nation’s team of broadband experts in community engagement, research and planning, GIS, public policy, and engineering, and technical services, Chris initiates and develops targeted programs to help communities bridge the digital divide by expanding broadband access, adoption, and use. Connected Nation programs include the Connected Community Engagement Program, Digital Works – Connecting People & Jobs, Every Citizen Online, Computers 4 Kids, and other programs designed to create opportunities for people to improve their lives through technology. Chris has been actively engaged in public-private partnerships across various sectors in over a dozen states and Puerto Rico. 

Prior to Connected Nation, Chris served executive level roles in Fortune 500 companies with over ten years’ experience in sales and marketing, account management, and business development. Chris holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Centre College and an M.A. in secondary education from the University of Kentucky. 

April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

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