Valerie Dodd

NextLight: Executive Director

Valerie Dodd is a customer-focused and results-driven marketing and operations executive with 25 years of experience in the telecom industry. She started her telecom career in 1995 with Windstream (formerly Alltel) creating and marketing wireless rate plans. In 1998 she helped launch one of the first internet broadband offerings. She left Windstream to work for a start-up CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) and later landed at CenturyLink (now Lumen) where she spent eighteen years in marketing and operations leadership promoting and provisioning broadband and other telecom services.

Dodd brought her private-industry telecom experience to the City of Longmont in 2019 to serve as the Executive Director of NextLight, responsible for the City-run gigabit fiber internet enterprise launched over six years ago. She is thrilled to be part of such a successful endeavor with a 100% fiber network that provides fiber-fast internet to over 23,000 households and businesses. She is focused on ensuring that ALL of Longmont has the opportunity to connect to a world of possibilities via gigabit fiber internet.