Chief Strategy Officer
US IgniteNick Maynard is Chief Strategy Officer of US Ignite, where he is responsible for designing and executing the organization’s growth strategy.
Prior to US Ignite, Nick was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, where he launched a $450 million initiative on advanced wireless research. He was also the Assistant Director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he managed federal IT R&D portfolio, launching both a $610 million photonics foundry as well as the President’s ConnectHome program to bring broadband to underserved students. Previously, Nick was a member of the National Broadband Taskforce at the FCC, where he created a public-private partnership to offer technology training to small businesses in low-income communities. Nick also spent six years in the telecom industry, consulting with leading global carriers and vendors on next-gen networks and services.
Nick received his BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Public Policy PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation research on national ICT adoption strategies was supported by a National Science Foundation grant.