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Glenn Ricart, Ph.D.

Glenn Ricart brings forty years of innovation in computer networking and related fields to US Ignite. Glenn is an Internet pioneer who implemented the first Inter-net interconnection point (the FIX in College Park, Maryland) and was recognized for this achievement by being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013. In one of his previous roles where he was academic CIO at the University of Maryland, his campus implemented the first institution-wide TCP/IP (Internet) network in 1983 using low-cost PDP-11 routers (“Fuzballs”) with software devised at the University of Maryland.  Glenn was principal investigator of SURAnet, the first regional TCP/IP (Internet) network of academic and commercial institutions.

Dr. Ricart has also held other senior management positions including Executive Vice President and CTO for Novell in the 1990s, Managing Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and CEO and President of National LambdaRail. Dr. Ricart is also the founder or co-founder of five startups; the one previous to US Ignite, CenterBeam, was sold to Earthlink in 2013 after 14 years of independent operation.

Glenn’s formal education includes degrees from Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science is from the University of Maryland, College Park. His inventions have resulted in more than a dozen patents. Dr. Ricart has served on the boards of three public companies, CACI, the SCO Organization, and First USA Financial Services, in addition to numerous non-profits.

William Wallace


William Wallace is Executive Director and brings to US Ignite more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently as co-founder of DigitalBridge Communications (DBC), a venture-backed startup dedicated to bringing 4G broadband wireless services to underserved portions of the U.S.

Prior to DBC, Mr. Wallace was co-founder and CEO of OnePoint Communications, which was purchased by Verizon Communications in 2000.  OnePoint and its successor company, Verizon Avenue, provide bundled communications services to concentrated communities nationwide, including apartment communities, military bases, and rural areas.

Previously, he served as head of the Telecommunications practice and Chief Operating Officer for Gemini Consulting, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cap Gemini Sogeti group.  In that role, he led teams that developed strategies and improved operations for many of the world’s largest carriers.

 Mr. Wallace received an AB degree in Government and Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



Joseph Kochan


Joseph (Joe) Kochan joins US Ignite as management consultant from Widelity, Inc. specializing in business strategy, business plan development and modeling, project management, network deployment and operations, and federal grant compliance.

Prior to joining Widelity, Mr. Kochan worked as part of the Department of Commerce’s BTOP grant program. Prior to that role, he was a founder and Vice President–Operations of DigitalBridge Communications (DBC), a Virginia-based startup backed by over $40M in venture funding dedicated to bringing broadband services to small, underserved markets nationwide using broadband wireless technology. At DBC, Mr. Kochan managed the design and deployment of 4G wireless networks covering over 600,000 people in 6 states, as well as the acquisition of the company’s first 20,000 customers.

Previously, he was with Verizon Avenue, the Verizon subsidiary focused on providing bundled communications services to concentrated communities nationwide. At Verizon he had responsibility for strategic planning and strategic project management, specifically focusing on the military housing market and the implementation of the first Verizon FiOS networks at military bases across the country.

Mr. Kochan received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University and lives in Washington, DC, where he serves as a volunteer and also is on the board of directors of Miriam’s Kitchen, a not-for-profit service organization serving the homeless population of the city.

Jake Brewer

Jake leads communications with the US Ignite team through Fission Strategy. He is known for architecting national campaigns and initiatives that turn big, disruptive ideas into effective, responsible reality. A few of Jake’s recent projects include leading the technology vertical of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative, in conjunction with Code for America and the Department of Labor, and leading the Civic Data Challenge with the National Conference on Citizenship, to help turn the raw data of “civic health” into useful applications.

Prior to his role at Fission, Jake served as the Engagement Director of the Sunlight Foundation, leading Sunlight’s acclaimed communications, multimedia production and grassroots organizing teams. Before Sunlight, Jake was the strategic communications director for the Energy Action Coalition, which brought over 12,000 people to Capitol Hill to lobby for clean energy initiatives at Power Shift ’09, and mobilized 350,000 ‘energy voters’ in 10 weeks during the 2008 elections.

In his otherwise diverse career – from the innards of Washington, DC to the Persian Gulf and East Africa – Jake has run large international conferences, lead national nonprofit organizations, designed partnerships between companies and nonprofits, built websites, created distributed events and crowd-sourced design projects, and shared untold stories through video, visualizations and photography.

Outside the office, Jake is a former All-American triathlete, a published photographer and writer, and serves in a variety of advisory, committee and board roles. Through it all, Jake hopes to one day return to his first job as minor league baseball mascot Murray the Mule.

Jessica Roeder

Jessica Roeder brings to US Ignite ten years of experience in operations and program management in the government and non-profit sector. Most recently, Ms. Roeder served as a strategy and change consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in performance management, strategic planning, and project management for civil market clients. Ms. Roeder led the team responsible for aligning strategy to operations through planning, measurement, analysis and reporting for the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) contracted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). PFSCM is a partnership of 13 leading organizations from the commercial, non-governmental, faith-based, and academic sectors to strengthen and manage sustainable supply chains to deliver public health commodities to and within countries most in need throughout the world.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Ms. Roeder worked as a business analyst for the National Park Service where she advised on financial communication strategies for Golden Gate National Recreation Area and developed the first ever annual report for a national park unit. Ms. Roeder also served as a program coordinator at the Harvard University School of Public Health’s HIV/AIDS Prevention in Nigeria program where she focused on managing the commodity supply chain in addition to coordinating several administrative projects to improve organizational effectiveness.

Previously Ms. Roeder was the education and publications coordinator for the Society of Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and coordinated the scientific paper review process and served as the primary contact for the faculty presenting at their 1,800-member annual conference.

Ms. Roeder holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She is an active member of her alumni communities, including serving as a Reunion Chair and a board member for Tiger2Tiger. She currently lives in Washington, DC.

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Jennifer Mott is the outreach and marketing manager for the US Ignite.  She brings over ten years of experience in community engagement, digital marketing, social media, web design and development to the team.

Prior to joining US Ignite, Jennifer served as the manager of outreach and education for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) the national trade group for the video game industry. While there, Jennifer lead the ESA’s nationally recognized public awareness campaign “Join the © Team.”  Through relationship building with community leaders, key stakeholders and influencers, the campaign successfully reached 25 million students highlighting cyber-ethics and the video game industry. While at ESA, Jennifer also worked extensively with technology executives in Mexico and Canada to develop digital campaigns and social media contests to highlight the impact of game piracy in the local economy.

Outside the office, Jennifer serves on the parent board of her daughter’s elementary school, and enjoys exploring all the great museums, and parks that DC has to offer. 


Marcus Comiter

marcus_pictureMarcus Comiter  is a Fellow at US Ignite by way of Harvard University where he is working toward a joint degree in Computer Science and Statistics.  Prior to joining US Ignite, Marcus worked in academic and industry research laboratories where his researched focused on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer security.  Marcus is also active in the entrepreneurship community and recently co-founded a start-up that was selected as a semi-finalist in the MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition.  He has also serves as co-President of the Harvard College Innovation Challenge, Harvard’s premier start-up competition.  

Outside of the office, Marcus enjoys coding, visiting museums, and photography.





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Rick McGeer joins US Ignite as Chief Scientist. He received his Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He was an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia, until returning to UC-Berkeley as a Research Engineer in 1991. In 1993,  he co-founded the

Cadence Berkeley Laboratories, the research arm of Cadence Design Systems. In 1998, he co-founded  Softface, Inc., where he remained as Chief Scientist until 2003.   In 2003 he joined Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, transferring to HP Enterprise Systems in 2013, where he is currently a Distinguished Technologist.  Dr. McGeer co-founded the PlanetLab consortium in 2003, where he currently serves on the Steering Committee.  In 2013, he joined US Ignite on a part-time, volunteer basis as Chief Scientist on loan from HP.  He is the author of over 90 papers and one book in the fields of Computer-Aided Design, circuit theory, programming languages, distributed systems, networking, and information system design. His research interests include logic synthesis, timing analysis, formal verification, circuit simulation, programming languages, networking, wide-area distributed systems, and cloud systems.   He has acted as a Principal Investigator on three DARPA and three GENI projects over the past two decades.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada.