Speaker Bio

Matt Dunne

Executive Director at Center on Rural Innovation

Policy and Entrepreneurship

Matt Dunne is the founder and executive director of the Center on Rural Innovation, a national nonprofit committed to creating economic opportunities in rural America by developing digital ecosystems to support entrepreneurship and job creation. A Vermont native and Brown University grad, Matt previously served 11 years in the state legislature, focusing on broadband policy and downtown redevelopment efforts, and was tapped by the Clinton Administration in 1999 to lead the AmeriCorps VISTA program. In 2007, he started Google’s Community Affairs division out of a former bread factory in rural Vermont, helping lead the Google Fiber rollout in addition to the company’s U.S. philanthropy and engagement efforts

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