Martin Casado is involved in most aspects of Mural, focusing on funding, relationships, technology and deployments. Martin is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He was deeply involved in the development of software defined networking both as a researcher and later as a technologist when he co-founded Nicira Networks which was acquired by VMWare in 2012. He is currently a GP at Andreessen Horowitz. He grew up in Flagstaff Arizona, near Four Corners, and has a deep affinity for the region.
Martin earned his bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University and a masters and PhD in computer science from Stanford where he studied computer networking.
Brian Shih is the President and co-founder of Mural. His background is primarily in the field of Network Engineering and designing infrastructure solutions in various parts of the world, but now has a focus on America's rural underserved communities. As a Senior Network Consultant for EducationSuperHighway, he has helped K-12 schools across the Nation optimize E-rate to upgrade their broadband infrastructure and also helped state education leaders develop initiatives that continue to bolster education-based networks. Prior to that, Brian spent time developing Infrastructure-as-a-Service models to enable new business models for service providers.
Brian holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and Management Systems from Columbia University.
As the CEO, Mariel coordinates deployments and partnerships. As an engineer, educator and researcher, Mariel has pushed innovation in STEM classrooms through project-based service learning for over a decade - a natural fit for Mural. Prior to her work in education, she designed and tested medical devices to treat strokes, recyclable replacements for polyurethane and more efficient methods of producing photo-chemicals at scale.
Mariel earned two degrees in engineering at UC Berkeley and a Master’s at Stanford in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education.
Dr. Chad S. Hamill
Chad S. Hamill, Ph.D. serves as Vice President for Native American Initiatives at Northern Arizona University, where he maintains a faculty position in the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies. Tasked with advancing NAU’s strategic goal to become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans, Dr. Hamill established the Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI) in 2016. With an emphasis on expanding educational opportunities for Native American students and their communities, ONAI has developed programs in the areas of tribal leadership, environmental stewardship, culturally-responsive K12 pedagogy, and Native mentorship. In addition to working in collaboration with many of the 22 Native nations in Arizona, ONAI has cultivated partnerships with Indigenous programs and communities in Canada and Australia. Dr. Hamill leads community outreach initiatives and partnerships for MuralNet.
An ethnomusicologist, Dr. Hamill’s scholarship is focused on song traditions of the Interior Northwest US, including those carried by his Spokane ancestors. In addition to his book, Songs of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau (Oregon State University Press) he has produced numerous articles centered on Columbia Plateau songs and ceremony, exploring topics ranging from sovereignty to Indigenous ecological knowledge.
Prior to his current position as Vice President for Native American Initiatives, Hamill served as Chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies at NAU and as Chair of the Indigenous Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Currently, he sits on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He also serves as Vice President and Treasurer of the Spokane Language House, a 501c3 that contributes to the sustainability of the Spokane language.
Cam aids in operations for Mural. He is a lifelong learner who is passionate about ensuring that all children receive a sufficient education for life in today's world. His Stanford thesis focused on why we have an inescapable ethical duty to meet the basic needs of all. Working on the assumption that education is one of those basic needs, we are ethically obligated to provide a proper education. Cam believes that broadband access is increasingly integral to today's digitizing educational system and therefore key to supporting today's learner.
Cam has earned two degrees from Stanford University with a focus on the distributive justice branch of ethical philosophy.