Bridging the Digital Divide

IS OUR MISSION

Our Mission

We make information and communication technology accessible to underserved communities around the world. We accomplish this mission by providing high-quality refurbished computers to nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

InterConnection is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

As a national organization that refurbishes and ships computers and laptops worldwide, we are focused on reuse instead of recycling, and are committed to the highest standards for clean, green computer recycling and disposing of parts and peripherals.

 

 What We Offer

Low-cost computers to nonprofit and non governmental organizations around the world. Providing computers helps organizations struggling to make a difference with access to communication and resources.

A way for people and businesses to safely and charitably dispose of their used computer equipment and other electronic assets.

How We Help the Environment

Promote reuse as an alternative to recycling. We extend the life of working computers by refurbishing them for reuse.

Provide safe disposal for toxic materials contained in computer equipment. Equipment that can’t be refurbished for reuse is recycled according to stringent environmental standards.

Keep computer parts and equipment out of landfills. We work with local recycling experts to ensure that no parts or equipment end up in landfills.

Our History

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, InterConnection is the largest computer and electronics reuse organization in Washington State. It was established in 1999 by Charles Brennick, after the idea for InterConnection came out of Mr. Brennick’s time working as an Ecotourism Developer in Costa Rica. He saw firsthand the benefits that access to technology, especially computers and the Internet, could give to remote organizations with limited resources.

InterConnection’s original focus was on developing and donating websites to nonprofits in developing countries, and over 100 websites were donated. The program soon expanded to include computer donations and technology training. In 2004, the InterConnection Computer Reuse Center opened in Seattle, serving as a hub to provide computers and technology resources to local and international communities in need.

As a community based organization, we provide refurbished laptops and desktop computers to charitable organizations around the world. Our priority is always on reuse first, allowing us to turn old computers into new opportunities. Throughout the years our charitable reuse program has provided affordable technology to over 300,000 people, and prevented millions of pounds of toxic computer components from entering the landfill; protecting our environment. Instead donated laptops, PCs, and notebooks become tools for change, growth, and future possibilities.

OUR TEAM

 

COMPASSIONATE, INNOVATIVE, DIFFERENCE MAKERS

 

Senior Leadership

Greg Devers
Interim President

Anthony King
Sales & eCommerce

Miranda Hingston
Business & HR

Jayme Busser
Marketing & Outreach

Chris Drain
Operations

Our Board

Maryann Budlong
Chairman of the Board

Ms Budlong established an independent consulting practice in Singapore in 1996, and moved back to Seattle in 1998. Clients in Asia, Europe, and North America requiring expertise in business operations best practices, marketing product / service implementation, and program / project management engage her for large, complex, national technology infrastructure deployments and high-profile, strategic, organizational change leadership. Prior to consulting, she was VP Operations for Pacific Century – Hutchison Corporate Access in Singapore and held various Marketing management positions at US West Cellular and Physio-Control Corporation. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s in Public Administration from Seattle University. She served on the InterConnection.Org board 2009-2012, and rejoined in 2017.

Linda Venczel
Board Director

Dr. Venczel is the Director of the Global Health Security Project and Senior Technical Advisor at PATH. She also serves as a technical expert for working groups on polio eradication and Zika virus response. As the director of PATH’s Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) projects, Linda is responsible for the strategic direction of the program and provides general technical assistance as needed. Linda has a long history of leading public health initiatives and managing partnerships to combat epidemics and vaccine preventable diseases across the globe. Prior to joining PATH in 2014, she served as Senior Program Officer for seven years at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she focused on expanding programs in new vaccine introduction, designing operational research to improve coverage in hard to reach populations, and was the focal point for polio eradication. She served in the Peace Corps in Senegal and is a Rotarian. She received her PhD and MSPH from the University of North Carolina and is an epidemiologist and microbiologist. Linda joined the InterConnection.org board in August of 2017.

Marcus Smith
Treasurer

Mr Smith is currently the President of Talking Rain Beverage Company. He joined Talking Rain as Chief Financial Officer in early 2014, and was responsible for finance, accounting, information technology, supply chain and strategic planning. Before his time at Talking Rain, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Mobisante, and Chief Financial Officer of SonoSite, Inc., a publicly traded (NASDAQ) company. He has also held various strategy and M&A positions with Philips Healthcare.  Prior to entering the healthcare field, he was an investment banker for JPMorgan in New York and London. Marcus received his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and has master’s degrees in both International Affairs and Business Administration from Columbia University.

In addition to serving as a Board member of Interconnection.org, Marcus’ other philanthropic activities include fundraising for the American Cancer Society and academic volunteering for the UW Engineering School.

Greg Devers
Interim President and former Chairman of the Board

Mr. Devers began his career as an information professional working as a marketing representative for IBM. He spent years as a CIO for major retailers and a CEO for smaller technology firms operating both domestically and internationally. He also served on a number of company and industry boards. Mr. Devers managed to develop a few technical innovations during his career, e.g. debit card, supply chain management, and direct Internet stock sales. He holds a Master degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Devers was chairman of the board at InterConnection for 5 years until assuming the role of interim president and has been on the board since 2010.

He is on a leave of absence from the board while he assumes the role of Interim President.

Tim Gillman
Former Board Chair and Current Secretary

Mr. Gillman has more than 20 years of business experience in technology, especially embedded systems. He is the co-owner of San Juan Software, a company focused on the device side of the Internet of Things (IoT), for aerospace, residential and commercial applications. Tim is a former chairman of the board and has been involved with InterConnection since 2003.

Michael Aldridge
Board Director

Mr. Aldridge is currently a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, leading a team focused on Microsoft Graph developer education in the Office 365 engineering organization. He has over 20 years of experience spanning for-profit technology businesses and non-profit foundations. His passion for digital inclusion includes work as a Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he helped enable Internet access to nearly 1M rural villagers in Vietnam. At Microsoft he drove the strategy and programs for Base of the Pyramid technology incubation in emerging markets like China, India, and South-East Asia, founded the Design for Development Award as part of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup; challenging computer science students around the world to use user-centric design to create relevant technology for people who make less than $8 a day. He also led the Microsoft Virtual Academy website for 3 years, a free MOOC from Microsoft, which grew from 500,000 to 3M aspiring software developers in China, Brazil, India, and other developing markets. He has a BA in Chinese and African History and Politics from Colorado College. He has been a board member with InterConnection since 2009.