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 The Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition Names New Group Co-Chair

Linda Pizzorni, Director of IT at The Children’s Trust, brings a unique insight and experience, especially regarding the role and benefits of internet access in the development, education and future of South Florida’s children.

The Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition (MDBC) announced today that Linda Pizzorni, Director of Information Technology at The Children’s Trust, has been named Co-Chair of the organization’s Programs Working Group. Jackie Zelman, MDBC Chair and Director of theUniversity ofMiami’s Executive Information and Technology Institute, and twelve information technology experts on the Coalition’s board of directors congratulated Ms. Pizzorni on the appointment, which is effective immediately.

“We are thrilled to welcome Linda to this leadership post on the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition and are proud be associated with such a great group as The Children’s Trust,” commented Jackie Zelman. “The efforts of The Children’s Trust and the Coalition are complementary, and we certainly look forward to Linda’s guidance on how we can do more to improve the lives of children and families in our community.”

Ms. Pizzorni brings her insight and vast experience, especially her unique perspective regarding the role and benefits of internet access in the development, education and future ofSouth Florida’s children. She has served The Children’s Trust as Director Information Technology since November 2010. Previously, Ms. Pizzorni was Vice President and Chief Information Officer of United Way of Miami-Dade and United Way of Broward, where she lead the development and implementation of an IT shared services organization serving both organizations. With over 13 years of IT management experience, she specializes in strategic planning, organizational and staff development, analysis and design of workflows and processes, budgeting, security, disaster recovery and business continuity, compliance, IT security, discovery and data center management.

Linda earned both her Master of Science in Management Information Systems and Bachelor of Science in Finance fromBostonUniversity, and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. She began her career as an Information Technology management consultant at Price Waterhouse. Prior to moving toMiamishe lived inMilan,Italy, for 11 years where she worked in commercial banking as Finance Director for a leading European commercial bank, WestLB,Europe. Linda has been married to husband Luis for the past 24 years and they are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters, Alessia and Veronica. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking and is an avid marathon runner.

“As a parent and technologist, I believe that eliminating the digital divide is the best way to develop the skills that young people need to become successful in the future,” expressed Ms. Pizzorni.

“Technology and economic development are central to the Coalition’s focus, and Linda Pizzorni’s leadership role in MDBC’s Programs Working Group will result in increased economic opportunities and a brighter future for our children and their families,” said Jim Osteen, Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S TRUST: In September 2002, Miami-Dade voters approved the creation of an independent special district, a dedicated funding source for children entitled “The Children’s Trust,” which emphasizes collaboration and partnership in order to provide the programs and services needed by children and families and to effect community-wide change. Overwhelmingly reappproved in 2008, The Children’s Trust encourages creative approaches to coordinating, integrating and funding services across and within the areas of health, safety, development and to promote increased parental and community involvement on behalf of all our children, while stressing accountability and results.

ABOUT THE MIAMI-DADE BROADBAND COALITION: Established in 2009, the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration of diverse South Florida entities representing government, health care, education, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Its shared goal is to increase South Florida’s economic competitiveness through the support of digital literacy programs and the elimination of the “digital divide”, especially in the underserved areas of the community. The mission of the MDBC is to transform the community through the promotion of digital literacy and the adoption of affordable broadband access by all citizens of Miami-Dade County. What makes the Coalition unique are its members: anchor institutions and businesses working together toward the organization’s common goals. For more information, please visit http://www.miamibroadband.org

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