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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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.

Colby Humphrey Officer

Colby Humphrey is an officer with Pew’s broadband access initiative, and his research focuses on broadband access and affordability challenges throughout the U.S. Before joining Pew in 2022, he conducted market research for tech initiatives in the public and private sectors, worked in economic development for the state of Texas, and was a policy analyst for TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. Humphrey received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University, a master’s in public service administration from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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 Associate Manager

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.

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.