Danna MacKenzie joined DEED in January 2014 when she was appointed Executive Director of the newly-created Office of Broadband Development.
She is responsible for broadband planning and policy development statewide. In this role, she oversees a portfolio of $85 million dollars in broadband infrastructure investments across the state and works with various stakeholders – including the Governor, legislators, providers and communities – to help inform and guide the adoption of effective state broadband policies.
MacKenzie has 23 years of experience working with internet providers and Minnesota communities on broadband issues. Before coming to DEED, she spearheaded a number of broadband projects, including the deployment of countywide wired and wireless networks and building a cooperative internet service provider in 1994 for the purpose of serving emerging local business needs. She has also worked with a non-profit foundation to expand the capacity of rural Minnesota communities to leverage the power of broadband.
MacKenzie has held positions on numerous committees and boards, including serving as chair of the Minnesota Counties Information Systems board of directors; a founding member of the Minnesota Counties Information Technology Leaders Association; administrator for the Cook County Broadband Commission; and a peer leader in the State Broadband Leaders Network which is convened by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration. Most recently, she was appointed by the Chairman of the FCC to serve on a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee working group. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in St. Paul.