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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, business intelligence, 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 Alberta Wireless Connections, APCO, Broadband Live, CDX Global Forum, CTIA, DAS & Small Cells Congress, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, IWCE, League of California Cities Conference, Mobile World Congress - Americas, RCA Technical Symposium, SCWS Americas, State Of The Valley, TC3, and Wireless West.
David serves as Co-Chair of the GCTC Wireless SuperCluster at NIST, on the Board of Expert Advisors for the California Emerging Technology Fund, as a Member of the Connected City Advisory Board, and is a Senior Member in both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.