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Executive Director, Civic Technology Initiatives
David Witkowski is a wireless and telecommunication industry expert and leader who became Executive Director of Joint Venture's Wireless Communications Initiative (WCI) in 2015, and subsequently launched the Smart Region Initiative in 2017. He serves as Co-Chair of the Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster for the Global City Teams Challenge (coordinated by NIST, NTIA, and US Ignite) and serves on the Connected City Advisory Board (coordinated by the Wireless Broadband Alliance).
David's passion for technology and wireless began as a hobby during childhood and continued during his service in the US Coast Guard where he led deployment and maintenance programs for mission-critical radio, radar, and data networking systems. After earning his BSEE from University of California - Davis, with a study emphasis on modulation theory and RF/wireless design, he held managerial and leadership roles for companies ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to early-stage startups. David is the CEO of Oku Solutions LLC, a leading professional services company specializing in business development, market entry strategies, technical marketing, and public policy for the wireless and telecommunications industries.
David is the author of "Bridging the Gap : 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications" (Joint Venture Silicon Valley, 2016), co-author of "Carrier & Public Wi-Fi" (Mobile Experts LLC, 2015), lead co-author of "Evaluation of RF Network Testing" (Anritsu, Motorola, Bird Technologies, & CommScope, 2013), and has written feature articles for IEEE Microwaves Magazine, CIO Review, MissionCritical Communications, EETimes, Make:Magazine, QST, Urgent Communications, and RCR Wireless. As a public speaker he has delivered presentations and moderated panels at CDX Global Forum, DAS Congress, APCO, CTIA, IWCE, TC3, ESC, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, Wireless West, IIT Bombay Heritage Fund, MIT Club of Northern California, Alberta Wireless Connections, RCA Technical Symposium, and ConnectivityWeek.
David serves as an adviser to the Carnegie Institute of Technology Dean's Council, as a member of UC Davis Industrial Affiliates Council, as an adviser to the CTIA Innovation Council, and as a Member of the 21st Century Communications Infrastructure Committee of the Bay Area Council. He is a senior member of both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.