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Heather Mills

Heather Mills

Director of Operations

Professional Bio

Heather Mills leads CTC’s Grant and Funding Strategies team, which develops strategies and delivers tactical application and post‐award support to CTC’s public sector clients. She has authored guidance on new and emerging federal broadband funding programs that is highly regarded by industry colleagues. With more than a decade of experience in project management and data analysis, she has exceptional skills in long‐term strategic planning for broadband funding; execution of complex tactical funding plans; and grant administration, budgeting, and financial reporting.
At CTC, Heather guides clients on strategic funding for network planning, as well as applying for and complying with the requirements of major federal broadband and communications grant programs, including NTIA grants, ARC/EDAPOWER grants, USDARUS grants (such as ReConnect and Community Connect), and New Market Tax Credits. She has particular expertise in the Federal Communications Commission’s E‐Rate program, Lifeline program, and Healthcare Connect Fund.
Heather and her team supported several clients in the past year with applications to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance program for funding related to COVID relief; she guided clients in many parts of the country through the consultation process with EDA regional representatives. Under Heather’s management, the CTC team supported clients with strategy and navigation of the USDA ReConnect application process through Round 1 and Round 2, which required detailed understanding of the application, the application portal, and applied strategy.