Kimball Sekaquaptewa

Santa Fe Indian School: CTO

Kimball Sekaquaptewa is the Chief Technology Director and Tribal Broadband Connectivity Project Director at the Santa Fe Indian School. Since 2009, Ms. Sekaquaptewa has addressed regional broadband issues through the construction of middle mile networks by working with tribes to aggregate demand and harness local expertise to build tribally-owned networks. Through COVID-19, she assisted Tribes to solve their connectivity issues through the construction of wireless residential networks. Currently, she is leading a workforce capacity program for the Pueblos to implement and maintain sustainable networks. In 2018, she worked with six tribes in New Mexico to complete construction of two 60-mile fiber optic networks bringing high speed Internet rural underserved Pueblos. In 2019, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai her to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Low Income Working Group. Also, in 2019, she received the Women In Technology award by the New Mexico Technology Council. In her early work, she endeavored to build tribal capacity and the next generation of native IT professionals through a National Science Foundation IT Experiences for Students and Teachers award that provided STEM opportunities for native youth. In 2016, she helped with a USDA RUS Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant that connected twelve Tribal libraries to the SFIS distance learning center, expanding native language classes and promoting language revitalization.

Ms. Sekaquaptewa is from the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. She is the mother of three children from the Pueblo de Cochiti. She holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and is a Woodrow Wilson fellow with a MBA from the University of New Mexico.