Albert Swantner, an Austin-based entrepreneur, and Jennison Asuncion, digital accessibility lead for LinkedIn, have joined the board of Knowbility, a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas and an award-winning leader in accessible information technology.
Austin, TX, February 26, 2019 — Albert Swantner, an Austin-based entrepreneur, and Jennison Asuncion, digital accessibility lead for LinkedIn, have joined the board of Knowbility. With this exciting development, Knowbility’s board has now grown to eight members.
Albert Swantner is founder and CEO of Bohemian Innovation, a company that works with ad agencies, startups, and corporations to create unforgettable experiences and use mobile applications effectively. He’s also the co-founder of Sway Water and the Audio Project.
“Albert Swantner is a successful young entrepreneur with a strong sense of community who uses his talents to make the world better,” Sharron Rush, Knowbility’s Executive Director, said.
“As Knowbility begins its next phase, we are thrilled that he has joined our Board of Directors and welcome his support. We look forward to leveraging Albert's considerable experience in social impact investing to strengthen our reach and in service to our mission of creating a more inclusive digital world for people of all abilities,” she added.
Albert sits on the board of Latinitas and on the junior board of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from UT Austin. He lives in Austin with his wife Sarah and sons Elliott and Everett.
Jennison Asuncion has a long career in digital accessibility. For seven years, he worked with the IT division of the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto. In 2013, he moved to Silicon Valley to work for LinkedIn.
In 2012, Jennison co-founded Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Celebrated the third Thursday in May, GAAD is a day on which the tech community can recognize the importance of digital accessibility for people with disabilities.
In addition to the Knowbility board, Jennison sits on the boards of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired SF and Accessible Media International.
“Jennison understands Knowbility and the importance of our mission and our approach as well as anyone,” Sharron said. “The opportunity to work together for a more inclusive digital world is exciting to all of us at Knowbility.”
The other members of Knowbility’s board are Varsha Dadlani (chair and treasurer, Deloitte Consulting), James Green (chair-elect, Visa), Hugh Forrest (SxSW), Katie Haritos-Shea (EVERFI), Bob Regan (Gates Ventures), and Frances West (FrancesWestCo).
Austin’s Knowbility, Inc. is a 20-year-old international leader in digital accessibility. Knowbility aims to promote digital inclusion for people with disabilities including those who are blind/low vision, deaf, mobility impaired, or have other disabilities. Knowbility’s team of experts is internationally recognized for its role in creating the worldwide standard for web accessibility. Co-Founder and Executive Director Sharron Rush serves as Co-Chair of the World Wide Web Consortium’s WAI Education and Outreach Working Group. Since the first Air competition in 1998, Knowbility has provided accessible web training to hundreds of corporations, government agencies, and community-based organizations throughout the United States. Knowbility’s accessibility testing and consulting team has guided the creation of more than 1,000 accessible websites, making information accessible to the 55 million Americans with disabilities.
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