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

David Caulton
President

Charles Brennick
Founder

Paul Fraser
Director of Marketing

Tammie Sills
Business & HR Director

Chris Drain
Director of Operations

Our Board

Greg Devers
Chairman

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’s degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame.

Ann Nagele
Board Member

Ms. Nagele is Senior Counsel at the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP. Ann has 13 years experience in areas of international trade law, including U.S. export controls, sanctions/embargoes, imports, and national security reviews. She also has experience with a wide variety of licensing and technology transactions. Her practice involves representing clients in matters before various U.S. government agencies, including the Bureau of Industry and Security, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Ann has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and an LL.M in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center. She also served as a law clerk at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Tim Gillman
Secretary

Mr. Gillman has more than 20 years in technology, over seventeen of which are in embedded systems. He is the co-owner of San Juan Software, a company focused on wireless sensor and control networks, and he is active in the ZigBee Alliance. Tim has been involved with InterConnection since 2003.

Marcus Smith
Treasurer

Marcus Smith served as Chief Financial Officer of SonoSite, Inc., a public traded (NASDAQ) company and the world leader in point-of-care ultrasound until 2012 when he led the sale of the company to FujiFilm, Inc. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for various non-profit organizations and serves on the Advisory Boards of early stage companies in the medical technology sector.

Mr. Smith joined SonoSite in 2007 as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Growth Planning. Prior to SonoSite, Mr. Smith was the Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at Philips Medical Systems where he led strategic and M&A initiatives in critical care, cardiac care, new ventures and emerging markets. Prior to Philips, he was a Vice President of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan, in New York and London.

Mr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University, a master’s degree in international affairs (economic and political development) from Columbia University, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University.

Michael Aldridge
Board Member

Mr. Aldridge has over 20 years of experience spanning for-profit technology businesses and non-profit foundations. As a Program Officer at the Gates Foundation he helped enable Internet access to nearly 1M rural villagers in Vietnam. He has been a Senior Director in a digital marketing start-up; and as a Group Manager 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. He also 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 is currently back at Microsoft leading a development and strategy team incubating new digital learning services. He has a BA in Chinese and African History and Politics from Colorado College. Michael was invited to join the board of InterConnection in August of 2009.