Advisory Board Members

The founding members of NetAction's Advisory Board comprise a diverse group of nationally recognized community organizers, online activists, educators, and telecommunications policy experts.

Advisory Board members include Tomas Atencio, Judi Clark, Paul Espinosa, Larkie Gildersleeve, Robert Jacobson, Craig Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Glenn Manishin, Stephanie Riley, John Y. Tateishi, Armando Valdez, Jim Warren, and Coralee Whitcomb.

Biographies on the NetAction Advisory Board members are included below.

Tomas Atencio

Tomas Atencio holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico in Albequerque, where he works as a full-time lecturer. His background includes extensive experience in organizing and knowledge-building programs for farmworkers in rural New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest.

Atencio is a member of Robert Theobald's Dynamic Learning Group, teaching through dialogue over the internet, and conceived and developed a service and praxis learning project called Resolana: Learning While Serving, which is operated by Siete del Norte, a Community Development Corporation in Northern New Mexico. It is part of the national AmeriCorps program. 1989-1996. He also conceived and developed Resolana Electronica, a rural telecommunications network connecting various rural Hispanic and Native American Communities for knowledge building and educational purposes, and is the Founder and President of the Rio Grande Institute, a Native American and Chicano cultural and educational institute that incubates projects such as Resolana Electronica and Resolana: Learning while Serving. 1983-present

Judi Clark

Judi Clark is the founder of ManyMedia, a Graphics Communication and Information Services Consulting service in Palo Alto. ManyMedia sponsors an eclectic collection of award-winning sites on the World-Wide Web, including the Role Model Project for Girls, illustrating a wide range of career choices for young women.

During recent years, Clark has been Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), and since 1991 has been active as an organizer, coordinator, and Steering Committee member for the annual Conferences on Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP). She is also involved with social-action groups, co-founding BAWiT (a group of women dedicated to sharing information to assist in formulating policies concerning access to information, network privacy and usage), and organizer of a free monthly special interest group on Freedom, Privacy and Technology.

Paul Espinosa

Paul Espinosa is an award-winning Independent Producer/Writer/Director based in San Diego and specializing in Latino and U.S.-Mexico border topics. He served as the Executive Producer for Public Affairs and Ethnic Issues for KPBS-TV from 1990-94, and as the Senior Producer and Director of the KPBS Office of Latino Affairs, which he created, from 1980-1990.

Espinosa received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University, where he specialized in the cultural analysis of television communication. He was a founding member of the California Chicano News Media Association (San Diego) and served as the group's President from 1983-86. He served a four year term on the California Council for the Humanities and was one of the first appointees to the City of San Diego's Select Board on Binational Issues. Paul has lectured and screened at many universities and community centers across the country.

Larkie Gildersleeve

Larkie Gildersleeve is the Director of Research, Information & Technology for The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, which is affiliated with both the AFI-CIO and the CLC (Canadian Labor Congress). Ms. Gildersleeve has more than ten years experience in the field of computer user health issues. She is a certified ergonomist, and served on Cal-OSHA's Special VDT Advisory Committee to the Standards Board, as well as on other state and local boards and advisory committees concerned with computer-related health and safety issues. Her current responsibilities include research, lobbying, and media worker training programs on health and safety issues, coordination of several media corporation research projects, and the Guild's Broun Library, which contains comprehensive information on Guild history, the newspaper industry, and other media.

Ms. Gildersleeve serves on the Board of Directors of the First Amendment Congress, is a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and serves on the Ergonomics Committee of the American National Standards Institute. She is also a member of several AFL-CIO committees, including the Arts, Entertainment, Media Industry Committee, the Safety and Health Directors Committee, and the Research Directors Committee.

Prior to joining the national office staff of The Newspaper Guild-CWA, Ms. Gildersleeve served as an Administrative Officer of the Northern California Newspaper Guild, Local 52, where she was responsible for member organizing, contract negotiations, and grievances and arbitration. She has a Master's Degree in Anthropology and taught Anthropology in the Los Rios Community College District, where she also worked for the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers.

Robert Jacobson

Robert Jacobson is a senior consultant with SRI Consulting in Menlo Park, CA, and is the founder, president and CEO of Worldesign, Inc. He is also co-founder and former associate director of the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the Washington Technology Center in Seattle, and the former principal ponsultant and staff director for the Utilities and Commerce Committee of the California State Assembly. Prior to that, he served as a senior consultant with the Assembly Office of Research.

An expert in virtual reality, Bob has researched and published numerous articles and books, and has done extensive public speaking and lecturing on the subject. He also served as Q&A Columnist for VR World.

Bob earned his Ph.D. in planning from the University of California at Los Angeles, and was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Media Studies at Roskilde Universitetscenter in Denmark. He earned dual Master's degrees from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and the Department of Motion Pictures/Television at UCLA, where he also completed his undergraduate studies.

Craig A. Johnson

Craig A. Johnson is a telecommunications/information policy specialist with over 10 years of experience in the field. He currently is Research Director and Washington Correspondent for Transnational Data Reporting Service, based in Washington, D.C. He also is a freelance writer and journalist. His articles have appeared in WIRED magazine, World Broadcast News, and other national magazines. He also writes occasional columns for the online newspaper, The American Reporter.

Johnson served for four years as a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., (CSIS) in the International Communications Studies Program, with project and program responsibilities, and supervisory and management functions. His prior experience includes a two-year stint at the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations and various other consulting positions. Johnson has a B.A and M.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from UCLA, and is working on a doctoral dissertation for the UCLA Political Science department.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is head of UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm. He has worked in the computer industry since 1978 as a software, programmer, and manager. Prior to founding UI Wizards, Johnson worked for Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on various aspect of computer and software design, and has given many presentations on same. He has a B.A. degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, both in Experimental Psychology. While at Stanford, he co-founded Carrybit Corporation, a producer of microprocessor data-analysis systems for the biological and behaviorial sciences (dissolved, 1983).

Johnson is also a longtime activist in Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, an organization that examines the impact of computer technology on society. From 1989-91, he served on that organization's Executive Committee, and from 1991 to 1994, he served as Chair of its Board of Directors. He co-founded CPSR's Computers in the Workplace project and was Co-Chair of the first U.S. conference on how to involve computer workers in the design of office and factory computerization, PDC'90. He has published many articles on technology policy, helped explain technology-related issues to the general public, and served as an advisor for various government technology policy proceedings.

Glenn Manishin

Glenn Manishin is an attorney and partner with Blumenfeld & Cohen - Technology Law Group in Washington, D.C., His practice is concentrated in litigation and counseling in communications and technology policy, antitrust and legislative affairs. He represents a number of World Wide Web developers and Internet-centric companies, including Netscape, Oracle, Juno and MCI, and has been highly involved with Internet regulatory issues at the FCC, including universal service, access charges, standards and Internet telephony. He led the lobbying on behalf of a coalition of high-technology companies in securing an amendment to the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996, sponsored by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Cal.), that limits the FCC's standards-setting powers in computer-related markets.

Glenn has extensive experience on telecommunications issues (See He argued the recent 8th Circuit case on FCC interconnection and pricing rule on behalf of the Consumer Federation of America, and has served as general counsel to the International Telecard Association and the Interexchange Carriers Industry Association. He was a partner with Jenner & Block and outside antitrust counsel to MCI from 1985-90. Earlier, he served as an attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department in 1982-85, where he led the government's initial antitrust investigations in cable television system mergers, acquisitions and overbuilds and proposed a standard for cable system regulation eventually incorporated into the 1992 Cable Act and the 1996 Telecom Act.

Glenn has written and lectured frequently on Internet, antitrust and regulatory issues. His publications include articles on convergence of the communications and computer industries, the Modified Final Judgment (MFJ) governing the divestiture of AT&T, the role of the First Amendment in cable television and the impact of 1980s banking deregulation on antitrust market analysis.

Blumenfeld & Cohen specializies in competition and policy advocacy for high-technology enterprises. Formed to meet the distinctive needs of competitive telecommunications entities in the post-divestiture environment, the firm regularly works on all aspects of federal and state telecommunications regulation, legislative policy and competitive relations, on behalf of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to early stage and start-up ventures.

Stephanie Riley

Stephanie Riley is Special Assistant to the Director of La Cooperative Campesina del California, a statewide association of organizations that serve the employment training and social service needs of California's migrant and seasonal farm workers. Riley is responsible for association fundraising and program development activities, in addition to special projects which relate to the information needs of the traditionally underserved farm worker and Latino communities. She has implemented programs which seek to enhance the quality of life for farm workers and their families through the use of technology, such as a farm worker voicemail program and a telephone-based information and referral service for farm workers and their families.

Riley serves as an officer on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Sacramento, and is a member of the Sacramento Public Relations Association. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communications and Public Relations from the University of the Pacific.

John Y. Tateishi

John Tateishi is the principal of Tateishi/Shinoda and Associates, a management and public affairs consulting firm with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Dallas, and with associates in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Chicago. The firm provides services in strategic planning, project management, market research in the Asian American market, and government relations. Tateishi has been involved with Asian American communities for over twenty-five years and is frequently called upon for his expertise in Asian American diversity and multicultural matters. His personal interests are in public policy issues management.

Tateishi and his family were among the 120,000 Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast and imprisoned in U.S. detention camps during World War II. He received his BA in Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, specialized in Modern American Literature in his post-graduate work at the University of California at Davis, and taught for several years. Tateishi served as National Redress Director for the National Redress Committee of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was responsible for planning and implementing the national legislative and public affairs strategies that resulted in the successful culmination of a campaign that sought monetary redress for the victims of the WWII internment. He is the author of And Justice for All (Random House), an oral history of the WWII internment.

Armando Valdez

Armando Valdez is a communication scholar, analyst, and activist. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of LatinoNet, a national, full-featured network designed around the needs of Latino non-profit organizations, which debuted nationally in November 1994. He is an advisor to the Children's Partnership and serves on several boards, including: CompuMentor, a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer computer mentors with non-profit agency to assist them in their computerization needs, the Mexican American Community Services Agency [MACSA], a community agency in San Jose, CA., and the Multicultural Programming Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Valdez earned his doctorate in Communication Research at Stanford University and has taught for ten years at several California universities. He served as Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research for nine years. His research and publications focus on the impact of emerging telecommunications technology on society. Valdez designed a national Latino public television "Learning Channel" using state-of-the-art distribution technology, which is currently under development by the National Latino Communication Center. He is a member of an 'electronic citizenship' task force in South Central Los Angles that is exploring ways of using Internet technology to link citizens to government information and services, and is assisting the City of Sunnyvale to develop a municipal telecommunications policy.

Jim Warren

Jim Warren is the "futures" columnist for MicroTimes, the public-access columnist for Government Technology, and is a member of the California Senate's Electronic Access to Public Records Task Force. He regularly consults and speaks on interactions of technology, government and civil liberties, and led the successful grassroots advocacy campaign to make California legislative records freely available, online.

Warren was founding host of PBS television's "Computer Chronicles" series (1981-1982), founded InfoWorld newspaper (1978) and half a dozen other computer and community periodicals, was founding editor of microcomputing's first software magazine, Dr. Dobb's Journal (1976), and was a member of, and chaired the CEO Search Committee for, the Board of Directors of Autodesk, Inc. (1990-1995), with annual revenues exceeding $450 million. Warren holds graduate degrees from Stanford University (Computer Engineering, 1977), the University of California Medical Center - San Francisco (Medical Information Science, 1974) and the University of Texas at Austin (Mathematics and Statistics, 1964).

Coralee Whitcomb

Coralee Whitcomb is the president of Virtually Wired Educational Foundation, Inc., an educational center providing public access to the Internet in downtown Boston. Virtually Wired is an experiment in providing onramps to the Information Superhighway to the broadest possible public. It offers casual walk-in access to computers connected to the World Wide Web as well as a wide variety of low cost classes. It is used collaboratively with projects throughout the Boston area and serves as an opportunity to explore the real informational needs of urban communities.

Whitcomb authors the Telecom Post, a weekly online digest covering policy issues with regard to telecommunications. The Post is distributed widely on the Internet to interested discussion lists and serves to steer citizen action to grassroots initiatives on legislative policy goals in the public interest. Whitcomb is a member of the Computer Information Systems faculty at Bentley College and a longtime activist with Computer Professionals for Social Responsiblity (CPSR).