Senior Communications Program Specialist
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
Emy Tseng is currently a Senior Communications Program Specialist with NTIA. Her policy and technical assistance work focuses on furthering broadband adoption and digital inclusion in communities throughout the U.S. Formerly as a Federal Program Officer, she oversaw a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) $114M grant portfolio of Public Computing Centers (PCC) and Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) projects - working mainly with urban local governments and K-12 technology and education programs.
Emy was also a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University Her work at the Center focusd on Inclusive Innovation - how marginalized communities adopt, shape and create technology in ways that reflect community needs and values. She led the Inclusive Innovation Working Group and curated the Inclusive Innovation talk series as part of Berkman's lunchtime public talks and webcasts.
Prior to NTIA, Emy worked for the City and County of San Francisco as the Project Director of the San Francisco Digital Inclusion Program - a citywide initiative to promote broadband adoption and digital literacy in the City’s disadvantaged communities. In that capacity, she was appointed to serve on the first California Broadband Task Force. Previously, Emy was the Senior Policy Advisor at Zerodivide.org, Managing Director of Innovation Funders Network, a Council of Foundations affinity group, and a Program Associate at the Ford Foundation on communications policy.
At Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she conducted research on broadband policy, municipal networking and Fiber to the Home (FTTH). She previously worked in the software industry as an engineer, project manager and software architect. Emy has a Masters of Science degree in Technology and Policy (TPP) from MIT, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math/Physics from Brown University.
Emy is an accomplished jazz singer with a particular interest in Brazilian music and has performed extensively in the Bay Area, Boston, NY and DC. In 2013, she released her critically acclaimed debut album called Sonho meaning "dream" in Portuguese. She is currently working on her next recording, Love Fool, an eclectic collection of modern jazz arrangements of 80s and 90s pop songs.