Danna MacKenzie - Participant

Danna MacKenzie is the Executive Director of Minnesota’s Office of Broadband Development. In this role she is responsible for statewide broadband planning and policy development. She oversees a portfolio of $85 million dollars in broadband infrastructure investments across the state and works with various stakeholders, including the Governor, legislators, providers and communities to help inform and guide the adoption of effective state broadband policies.

Ms. MacKenzie has 23 years of experience working with internet providers and communities on broadband issues ranging from securing improved service to leveraging investments for economic development benefits. Prior to her role with the state, she spearheaded a number of broadband projects; including the deployment of county-wide wired and wireless networks, building a cooperative internet service provider in 1994 for the purpose of serving emerging local business needs, to working with the Blandin Foundation to expand the capacity of rural MN communities to leverage the power of broadband.

Danna has held numerous committee and board positions. Currently she serves as a member of the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee and in a peer leadership role with the State Broadband Leaders Network, convened by the Department of Commerce – National Telecommunications Information Administration. Previous roles have included service as the chair of the MN Counties Information Systems board of directors; founder of the Minnesota Counties IT Leaders Association; and administrator for the Cook County Broadband Commission. She holds a B.A. from Concordia University in St. Paul and is a member of the Humphrey School of Public Policy Fellows cohort of 2011.

Background

Organization

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Title

Executive Director, Broadband Development