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Fiber Broadband Association Elects 2024 Board of Directors

Fiber Broadband Association Elects 2024 Board of Directors

Fiber broadband leaders elected to guide FBA and its members through industry’s largest investment cycle

 WASHINGTON, D.C.—(December 13, 2023)—The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) today announced its 2024 Board of Directors as the organization leads the industry through its largest investment cycle ever. The new Board is comprised of a diverse assortment of industry leaders who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to FBA and its mission to accelerate fiber broadband deployments and close the digital equity gap across North America.

“As we look forward to 2024, the fiber broadband industry has a lot to be excited about,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO at the Fiber Broadband Association. “We’re set to experience the biggest and best year in fiber broadband history, and our 2024 Board of Directors is an excellent group of experienced leaders to guide us through it. Collectively, they represent a broad range within the fiber ecosystem, serving a diverse assortment of roles within their own organizations. They will bring unique, knowledgeable perspectives to FBA and our members that will help us advance fiber broadband deployments until every community is connected.”

Jimmy Todd, CEO and General Manager for Nex-Tech, was elected as the new Board Chair for a one-year term beginning on January 1, 2024. Todd has dedicated his time and leadership to the Fiber Broadband Association, serving as Board Vice Chair in 2023, and Secretary in 2022. He also served as board liaison for FBA’s In-Home Experience Working Group Committee.

The full 2024 Board of Directors includes the following fiber broadband industry leaders:

  • Chair: Jimmy Todd, CEO and General Manager, Nex-Tech
  • Vice Chair: Kimberly McKinley, Deputy Director and Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber
  • Secretary: Sachin Gupta, Director of Business Development, Centranet
  • Treasurer: Gregg Logan, Vice President of Engineering, C Spire
  • Mark Boxer, Technical Manager – Solutions and Applications Engineering, OFS
  • Ashley Brown, Senior Director Field Marketing, Adtran
  • Evann Freeman, Vice President, Government & Community Relations, EPB of Chattanooga
  • Scott Jackson, National Market Manager – Broadband, Graybar
  • Ariane Schaffer, Government Affairs & Public Policy Manager, Google Fiber

Ashley Brown, Evann Freeman, and Sachin Gupta are newly elected board members and will each serve three-year terms beginning in 2024. Brown has contributed to FBA’s Conference Committee and Women in Fiber Committee for the past two years. Freeman has worked with FBA’s Public Policy Committee and continues to serve on FBA’s Conference Committee as chair, helping to plan and coordinate the annual Fiber Connect conference and Regional Fiber Connect Workshops. Gupta served as co-chair on the Tribal Broadband Roundtable. He has also contributed to FBA’s Power Utilities Roundtable Steering Committee, Workforce Development Committee, and helped create a Working Group for Middle Mile Networks.

As of December 31, 2023, Katie Espeseth, Vice President of EPB of Chattanooga; Joe Jensen, Director of Market Development at Corning; and Joseph “JJ” Jones, President of On Trac, Inc., have reached the end of their Board of Directors tenure. Espeseth will term out of her board role, where she served for six years, including as Chair in 2020 and 2021, and acted as the board liaison for FBA’s Women in Fiber Committee. Jensen will also term out, having served on the board for six years, held the role of Treasurer in 2022 and 2023, and was the board liaison for the Trusted Fiber Working Group Committee. Jones’ board term has expired. Most recently, he served as Board Chair in 2023 and Vice Chair in 2022. Additionally, Jones has served or chaired various FBA committees for the past 16 years, including serving as the Fiber Connect Conference Chairman for seven consecutive years. All three board members will continue to serve FBA on its Senior Council Committee, each for a three-year term.

The 2024 Board of Directors elections were held at the Fiber Broadband Association’s 2023 Premier Members Meeting, December 4-5, in Palm Springs, Calif.


 About the Fiber Broadband Association
The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association that represents the complete fiber ecosystem of service providers, manufacturers, industry experts, and deployment specialists dedicated to the advancement of fiber broadband deployment and the pursuit of a world where communications are limitless, advancing quality of life and digital equity anywhere and everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers, communities, and policymakers make informed decisions about how, where, and why to build better fiber broadband networks. Since 2001, these companies, organizations, and members have worked with communities and consumers in mind to build the critical infrastructure that provides the economic and societal benefits that only fiber can deliver. The Fiber Broadband Association is part of the Fibre Council Global Alliance, which is a platform of six global FTTH Councils in North America, LATAM, Europe, MEA, APAC, and South Africa. Learn more at

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Ashley Schulte
Connect2 Communications for the Fiber Broadband Association