Adam Echelman


Benton Fellow

Adam Echelman is a writer and long-time practitioner on digital equity. He is the former Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders US and the founder of Baltimore's Digital Equity Coalition. At Libraries Without Borders US, Echelman advocated for dynamic programs that increase access to information by meeting people where they are—whether through digital literacy classes in laundromats or health workshops in churches. In his tenure, he tripled the size and scope of the organization as libraries shut down during the covid pandemic. He has served as a Visiting Professor of Practice at John Jay College, where he co-taught a program on access to justice and legal information.  His writing has been published in the Baltimore Sun and He is a graduate of Yale University and is fluent in French, Spanish, and Chinese. 

Adam's articles:

The Wires That Bind: How one neighborhood in Detroit grapples with the high cost of internet

As telephone companies tout the switch to 5G, these San Diego residents still lack reliable cell service

Digital Access at the Doorstep: The Park Plaza Cooperative

Adam Echelman (he/him/his)