Michael Maranda

Co-Founder, Navigators Guild
President, Association For Community Networking (AFCN)
Co-Chair, Chicago Digital Access Alliance
Chairman, Illinois Community Technology Coalition
Director, Urban Innovation in Illinois Project
Director, CTCNet Chicago
Board of Directors, Emerging Futures Network (EFN)
Board of Directors, Grass Commons



Michael currently supports strategy and planning for the Coalition of the Willing while promoting Digital Excellence under the Chicago Digital Access Alliance and developing the theory and practice of Open Stewardship.

Michael consults on movement building and information strategies for the social benefit sector and engages in capacity building for the Commons. As co-founder of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance he architected the 10 Principles for Digital Excellence, a holistic perspective on Digital Inclusion and Community Building. Michael is past president of the Association for Community Networking and CTCNet Chicago.

Personal mission: "remake fields with tools and provisioned spaces; open the path to a more fluid, functional and open society; design tools and services that integrate the field - making us visible to each other in value and success."


A New York native, Michael resides with wife and children in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, dreaming of finishing his Ph.D. in Sociology.