John Garrity

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About John Garrity
  • Senior Connectivity Advisor, USAID

As Senior Connectivity Advisor in the Global Development Lab, John drives USAID's operations on extending Internet access and adoption to marginalized geographies. This includes identifying and shaping policy and regulatory reform with respect to broadband expansion, engaging with various public and private stakeholders, leading on the technical aspects of developing and maintaining public-private partnerships around digital infrastructure investments and expansion, and assessing feasible technologies for last and middle mile infrastructure deployments, including identifying new, low-cost technologies. These efforts are to ensure that all individuals can benefit by being full participants of the digital economy, as well as to improve the infrastructure for the digital delivery of basic development services.

Before USAID, John spent ten years at Cisco, most recently as Senior Manager of Policy Research managing technology policy engagements and articulating the appropriate policies to expand broadband infrastructure deployment. Previously, he was Emerging Market Strategy Manager, responsible for advising Cisco's emerging markets expansion strategy across 130 countries utilizing macroeconomic analysis and engaging in the public dialogue on the role of information and communications technologies. Prior to Cisco, John was in the Corporate Strategy Group at the World Bank, and held previous roles at the Federal Trade Commission and in state government.