One of our 16th Annual Women In Tech Honorees, Catherine Nicolaou, is doing impressive work to expand tech equity across New Mexico. An accomplished leader, mentor and businesswoman in tech, Catherine is bridging the telecommunications divide for rural, tribal and urban communities throughout New Mexico. As a Latina in Tech, Catherine is a champion of diversity in business and public service. We are excited to have her in this year’s Women In Tech cohort! 

Currently, Catherine is spearheading initiatives to ensure equitable access to broadband services and digital literacy resources, acting as the City of Albuquerque’s first Broadband Program Manager. Previously, she worked with Sacred Wind Communications, focusing on rural telecom provision and bringing broadband access to tribal lands.  

Catherine is also active in several professional organizations and has a track record of advocacy, including serving as co-chair of New Mexico’s Digital Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility working group the New Mexico Tech Council, Hispano Philanthropic Society Board of Directors, and R4Creating. Additionally, Catherine has a history of community involvement, from volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to leading mental health initiatives as PTA President at Double Eagle Elementary School. She is dedicated to bridging the digital divide and fostering leadership in her community. 

“When I was working in the mortgage industry, I put together a group of young professionals with the sole purpose of donating our time and expertise to non-profit organizations in the city,” said Catherine of her volunteer work. “One of the most impactful experiences was when we got the opportunity to clean a domestic violence shelter for women. We donated our entire Saturday to clean the shelter from top to bottom. 

This drive to give back extends to all areas of her professional impact, including extensive volunteerism and mentoring.  

Mentorship is incredibly important,” says Catherine. “I currently have a mentee that lives in California and is also in the telecommunications industry. I see mentorship opportunities in everything I do. Being a good mentor is something we can do on a daily basis with co-workers, friends and family. 

Recognition for her contributions to the tech community in Albuquerque and New Mexico as a whole include receiving the Albuquerque Business First 40 Under 40 Award and securing grants for connectivity programs. Catherine is deeply invested in working to create a better future for all New Mexicans through awareness, equity and leadership.  

Catherine is an indispensable force for digital equity in New Mexico. Join us in celebrating Catherine and all of our other Awardees on March 13th at the New Mexico Women In Tech Awards!