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.
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. As an immigrant from Guyana and The Bahamas where access to technology was little to none, Nishal Mohan founded mohuman to help people with similar lived experiences. It was the eventual access to the internet and digital services that enabled Nishal 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, San Diego.
The 2019 COVID-19 pandemic conclusively showed the world that people who are not digitally prepared are far more likely to lose 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. Our team of digital rebels strives to carve out 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 strategy and qualitative and quantitative storytelling for social and policy impact to hack the digital divide.
Caitlin Burgdorf, PhD
Digital Health Project Manager & Designated Federal Liaison Health Scientist in the Office of Behavioral & Social Science Research at NIH.
Student of NanoEngineering @ UC San Diego developing new internet accessessiblilty pathways for digitally underserved communities.
Student of Computer Science @ UCLA developing accessible digital tools for digitally underserved and low income communities.
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 @ GoFundMe
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
Queens Deputy Borough President, Adjunct Professor @ Medgar Evers College of CUNY
Jay Goodwin, PhD
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
Chief Executive Officer @ Althea
Josh Shapiro, PhD
Assistant Dean of Innovation & Research Affairs @ UC San Diego, Founder @ HEXIS
Kirby Brady, MS
Chief Innovation Officer @ City of San Diego
Partnering & Economic Dev @ Arcadian Infracom, Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association
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