Leadership Council Southwest Illinois
Following her graduation from Washington University in St. Louis, Mary Gay is remaining in the area to serve as an American Connection Corps Fellow with the Leadership Council Southwest Illinois. In this role, Mary will assist in the implementation of the Illinois Connected Communities Strategic Plan Key Regional Priorities.
Mary will spearhead the development of a broadband grant “war room” from which the Leadership Council can identify funding sources, timelines, and criteria for available grants to expand broadband access. This will streamline the grant process to help relevant stakeholders understand which grants might be the best to bring resources to underserved communities. She’ll also assist in public policy research to drive enhanced broadband and internet access, adoption, and affordability.
Mary is excited for the learning opportunity her fellowship provides, saying, “Even though I came into this position not knowing a lot about broadband, the pandemic made it clear how vital strong internet connection is to thrive in today’s world. The more I learn about it the more motivated I am to make change in this area as a fellow.”