39 - Data Advocacy: Policy, Advocacy, and Education with Alex Curtis
Data 4 AllFebruary 13, 2024x
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39 - Data Advocacy: Policy, Advocacy, and Education with Alex Curtis

Join us for a conversation with Alex Curtis from the Nashville Technology Council, as we uncover the pivotal role of data advocacy in shaping the tech policies that govern our communities and industries. From Alex's work in internet legislation to his advocacy for a diverse tech ecosystem, this episode provides rich insights into the strategies that empower tech members to effectively influence policy and legislation. Join us and gain a deeper understanding of the nexus between technology, policy, and education, offering a narrative that's both enlightening and essential for anyone passionate about the future of tech advocacy.

Hear firsthand how Alex's chairmanship of the advocacy committee for TECHNA is vital in forging a collective voice, and how collaborations across Tennessee are pushing for pivotal computer science education reforms. It's a testament to the power of community, relationships, and strategic engagement in driving forward progressive tech policies that benefit us all.

This conversation is a must-listen for anyone interested in how continuous learning and adaptation are crucial in an ever-evolving tech landscape, and for those who seek to understand the intersections of technology, policy, and innovation.

About Alex Curtis:
Alex is the Chief Development Officer for the Greater Nashville Technology Council. He developed the Council’s public policy program, leads the NTC Advocacy Committee, and advocates on behalf of Middle Tennessee's tech industry. Alex also works to promote the Middle Tennessee tech community through local and national communications.

Alex comes to the NTC from an innovation-policy perspective. Over his 20+ years in public policy, working for two U.S. Senators, one Administration, and a public advocacy organization that he helped grow into a thought leader, he worked to develop influential coalitions of tech companies and public interest groups. He honed his communication skills creatively explaining hard-to-understand concepts to legislators and the public. These include issue-based viral videos that became “Internet memes” recognized by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Moyers on America, and multiple episodes of The Daily Show.

Alex, his wife Magi, and their two adorable children live in Nashville. Alex received a BS degree in Business from Wake Forest University and a JD degree from the University of Akron School of Law.


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