Jane Coffin is a seasoned executive and Internet community expert who has been working at the center of connectivity and infrastructure development, policy & regulatory strategy, and international development for over 30 years. She has worked in the non-profit sector, for the US Government, and in the private sector. She joined Connect Humanity in January 2022 and worked with the team as its Chief Community Officer during its first full start-up year. Jane recently shifted gears to become a part-time Senior Advisor/Senior Fellow to work on Connect Humanity’s global expansion and stakeholder strategy and find ways to help new networks, particularly community, muni-networks, and ISPs leveling-up, understand traditional financial models and find the best-adapted model for sustainable network development.
Prior to joining Connect Humanity, Jane spent ten years at the Internet Society (ISOC), leading Internet infrastructure development and community development teams. She focused on Community Networks, Internet exchange points (IXPs), peering and interconnection, new funding mechanisms to support infrastructure development, the health of the Internet data collection and platform development, policy-regulatory change to support connecting the unconnected, partnership development, grant-making, and fundraising. She has worked with the ITU, OECD, UNCTAD, UNESCAP, UNESCO, Giga, CITEL, ATU, APT, and other global, regional, and local connectivity and development organizations. While at the Internet Society, she brought over USD 4 million in grants for Internet infrastructure development. Jane has managed staff, built programs, developed strategic and tactical plans, advised senior government officials, CEOs and other executives, and regional experts, taken part in numerous UN negotiations, and has worked with experts from over 60 countries.
Before joining the Internet Society, Jane worked for NTIA’s Office of International Affairs, where she co-chaired the FederalIPv6 Task Force to encourage deployment of IPv6 in US Government agency networks, working closely with industry experts, ICANN, IETF, ISOC, ARIN, AFRINIC, LACNIC, APNIC, and RIPE NCC on IP addressing issues. Prior to working for NTIAOIA, she spent five years on USAID projects in Armenia (Deputy Chief of Party, BearingPoint – now Deloitte) and Moldova(Chief of Party, BearingPoint – now Deloitte) working on telecommunications infrastructure, and regulatory, policy, and WTO/trade issues. Before her work in the field, she was a Director at AT&T, worked for NTIA/OIA on international development and trade issues, and worked for Steptoe & Johnson’s international practice.