Preston Rhea


Preston Rhea brings over a decade of experience in telecommunications engineering and public interest advocacy to HR&A.


Preston just completed six years at Monkeybrains, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) based in San Francisco. As Director of Engineering, Policy Program, Preston coordinated partnerships with governments to build public fiber to affordable housing, broke barriers to affordable internet in large apartment buildings, and advanced gigabit network penetration in underserved areas. Preston developed the public policy program while managing the technician team at Monkeybrains.

Prior to joining Monkeybrains in 2015, Preston worked at Code for America developing civic engagement practices with city governments and networks of civic technologists, developed and implemented a field curriculum for community wireless network deployment at New America’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC, and worked at a content delivery network startup in Beijing, China.

Preston holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.