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About Austin Free-Net

Our Story

Incorporated in 1995 by legendary community leaders, Sue Beckwith and Ana Sisnett (1952-2009), Austin Free-Net was the first organization to wire city libraries and put computers in schools and community centers around Austin. Since our founding, the need for digital skills and access to technology has only grown stronger.

 

Austin Free-Net is focused on breaking down barriers to access and education by continuing to manage integral public access computer labs throughout the city. These public access computer labs offer a variety of basic digital skills education classes and workshops in both physical and virtual environments. Additionally, we organize device donation procurement in partnership with the City of Austin's Community PC Program which directly benefits community members and organizations who are in need of computer equipment. Our Digital Navigator program, which launched in 2021, meets the demand of the community's desire for one on one basic digital assistance to affordable internet access, device acquisition, technical skills, communication and application support. 

 

For over 26 years and counting, we continue to carry on Ana Sisnett's legacy by working with the community to provide digital access and education to all with a heavy emphasis on our most underserved community members.

Our Team

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Jess Ross

Interim Executive Director

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John Fierro

Lead Program Specialist

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Rafael Quiroz

Volunteer Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

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Kevin Enders

President

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Sharon Strover

Board Director

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John Sirman

Treasurer

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Bernard Venson
Board Director

AFN Advisory Board

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Debra Dibble Boone

Former Board Director

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Wendolyn Washington

Former Board Director