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Broadband Access Initiative

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Meet the Team

Kathryn de Wit Project Director

Kathryn de Wit directs the broadband access initiative, which is working with national and state leaders to accelerate the nation’s progress on universal broadband access. Before joining Pew, de Wit was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where she focused on telecommunications, cybersecurity, and public affairs.

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Anna Read Senior Officer

Anna Read leads Pew’s efforts to examine how states and the federal government are working to connect millions of Americans to affordable, high-speed, reliable internet as part of the Trusts’ broadband access initiative. Before joining Pew, Read was a senior research associate at the American Planning Association.

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Molly Mathews Associate manager

Molly Mathews manages operations, including planning and strategy, for the broadband access initiative. Before joining Pew, Mathews worked for FP1 Strategies LLC, focusing on campaign advertising, and Fox News Channel as an assignment editor. Mathews earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and media studies from the Catholic University of America.

Jake Varn Principal associate

Jake Varn provides technical assistance to state broadband offices through Pew’s broadband education and training initiative. Before joining Pew, Varn served as a policy analyst for the National Governors Association and for the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and international relations.

Harrison Frye Associate

Harrison Frye provides research and writing support for the broadband access initiative. Before joining Pew, Frye worked as the director of research and policy and as a field organizer for a congressional campaign in North Carolina. He has also completed multiple internships with government and nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. Frye earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Guilford College.

Lily Gong Associate

Lily Gong provides research and writing support for the broadband access initiative. Before joining Pew, she participated in internships centered on policy and research. Gong graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in government and minors in economics and music.

Kelly Wert Associate

Kelly Wert provides research and writing support for the broadband access initiative. Before joining Pew, Wert completed internships focusing on education and health care policy. She graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in government and American studies.