Former US Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost joins goTenna’s Board of Directors

Dec 2, 2022

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goTenna is advancing universal access to connectivity by building the world's most intelligent and scalable mobile mesh networks. goTenna is the world's leading mobile mesh networking company, providing off-grid connectivity solutions for smartphones and other devices, as well as augmenting traditional communications networks. This technology enables mobile, long-range connectivity even without cell, wifi or satellite connectivity. goTenna's drive to create resilient connectivity began during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when approximately a third of cell towers and power stations in affected areas failed. Based in Brooklyn, goTenna is backed by investors including Founders Fund, Union Square Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Bloomberg Beta.

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Provost brings over 25 years of law enforcement experience to goTenna

Monday, December 5th, 2022 (BROOKLYN, N.Y.) — Carla Provost, the former Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol and a renowned homeland security expert, joined goTenna’s Board of Directors. goTenna is the company behind the world’s most advanced, infrastructure-free, and scalable mobile mesh networks. 

Provost will consult goTenna on government policy, public-private partnerships, and agency end-user adoption. Her extensive career in federal law enforcement will help goTenna deliver innovative mesh networking solutions to federal agencies in order to keep frontline operators safe. 

Postcard that says: Welcome to goTenna's Board, Carla Provost

Provost brings over 25 years of experience in the agency, with roles in the field, Sector command, and culminating her career as the first woman to lead the U.S. Border Patrol in 2018. She began her career as a police officer in Riley County, Kansas before joining the Border Patrol in 1995. Throughout her career, she grew through the ranks, holding leadership positions in sectors across the country as well as in CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.  She became the first woman to lead the U.S. Border Patrol in 2018.

“As someone who was responsible for over 20,000 agents operating in some of the most dangerous and austere environments in the United States, Chief Provost has an incredible perspective on the needs and challenges of operational agencies and will provide valuable guidance as we continue to support those missions,” said CEO Ari Schuler. “We are pleased to welcome Carla to the Board and know that goTenna is a stronger company with her joining.” 

"It is truly an honor to be joining the Board of Directors for goTenna," said Provost. ”I’ve dedicated my career to making law enforcement operations safer for both the agent/officer and those they encounter. goTenna’s mesh networking technologies have repeatedly demonstrated the ability to connect operators off-grid – driving safer operations for military, law enforcement and other first responders across the world.”

"Carla has a proven track record of delivering new technology into operations that drives forward operator safety. Her insights and experience will be critical as goTenna supports more and more critical defense, law enforcement and public safety missions across the world," said Trae Stephens, Partner at Founders Fund and Co-Founder and Chairman of Anduril Industries and fellow goTenna board member.

Provost joins current Board Members:

  • Ari Schuler, CEO of goTenna
  • Albert Wegner, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures
  • Trae Stephens, Partner at Founders Fund and Co-Founder and Chairman of Anduril Industries
  • John Levy, CEO of SEEQC