Who WE Are
mohuman is at the forefront of the movement to ensure that children and families in low-income communities have the digital resources they need to thrive and realize their full potential in their communities.
mohuman was founded in 2018 as a nonprofit 501c(3) organization to help digitally underserved individuals and families access digital services to improve their lives. mohuman was founded by Nishal Mohan, an immigrant from Guyana and The Bahamas where access to technology and digital services was little to none. It was the eventual access to the internet and technology that Nishal was able to learn faster, hustle harder, and rise up. It allowed him to become a Scientist earning a doctorate from Princeton University, lead global biosecurity and pandemic preparedness efforts, develop next generation science and technology policies for the US government, become a Smart Cities Leader, a national Digital Equity Champion for digitally underserved communities, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of California, Sand Diego.
The 2019, COVID-19 pandemic conclusively showed the world that people who are not digitally prepared, lost their jobs, their education, and their lives.
In 2020, Nishal and mohuman received honors for their national work bridging the digital divide for the American people as a 2020 FCC DOER (Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition) and in San Diego as a Next Century Cities Local Leader. mohuman is for the people and driven by the people to empower those who are low-income, people of color, immigrants, marginalized, and digitally underserved by society to have an easier path to social, intellectual, health, and economic equity in their communities.
Nishal Mohan, PhD
Founder, President & Board of Directors @ mohuman, Entrepreneur in Residence @ UC San Diego, Qualcomm Institute, 2020 FCC DOER Honoree.
Project Manager [Volunteer]
Oversees community engagment for codevelopment of digital services and technology for digitally underseved residents.
Comms Coordinator [Volunteer]
Organizes messaging startegy and qualitative and quantitative storytelling for social and policy impact to hack the digital divide.
Student of Cognitive & Behavioral NeuroScience @ UC San Diego exploring the impact of data on digital equity and telemedicine.
Student of Cognitive Science @ UC San Diego exploring the qualitative and quantitative impact of data on systems that create inequities.
Student of NanoEngineering @ UC San Diego developing new models for personlized digital literacy pathways though machine learning.
Board Of Directors
Mae Lin Fung, MBA
Cofounder@ People Centered Internet, Cofounder @ ImpactX, Chair @ IEEE IC Social Impact Measurement
Tyrone Grandison, PhD
CTO @ The Telehealth Market, CTO @ MStreetX, Founder @ Data-Driven Institute, Former CIO @ Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Former Deputy CDO @ US Department of Commerce
Erik Caldwell, MBA
Chief Sustainability Officer @ the City of San Diego
Kamau Bobb, PhD
Global Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research @ Google, Founder and Director @ Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech
Mina Sartipi, PhD
Founder & Director @ Center University for Urban Informatics and Progress, Guerry Professor @ University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Co Founder @ GoGundMe
Community Engagement Coordinator @ Logan Heights Community Development Corporation
Ramesh Rao, PhD
Director @ Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego Div. of California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology
Deb Socia, MS
President and CEO @ The Enterprise Center
JJ Walcutt, PhD
Scientist, Innovator, Author, CEO @ Clay Strategic Designs<br />
Ian Gordon, MS
Senior Vice President and Chief Impact Officer @ United Way of SD
Erin Hodgeboom, MS
Director @ San Diego for Every Child
Indira Molai, MD
Primary Care Physician @ Graybill Medical Group<br />
Melody Schiaffino, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor @ SDSU, Visiting Professor/Researcher @ UCSD Moores Cancer Center
Rhonda Binda, JD
Co Founder, COO, Executive Director @ Smart Regions Initiative, Adjunct Professor @ Medgar Evers Collegoe of CUNY, Sr. Governmental Liason @ Walton & Walton LLP
Jay Goodwin, PhD, MPH
Senior Program Officer @ MacArthur Foundation, Senior Research Fellow @ Emory University
Leanne Chukoskie, PhD
Co-Founder & CSO @ BrainLeap Technologies, Director @ Neruo- Gaming Center & Associate Research Scientist @ Qualcomm Institute UC San Diego
Josh Shapiro, PhD
Assistant Dean of Innovation & Research Affairs @ UC San Diego, Founder @ HEXIS
Chief Executive Officer @ Althea