Code for Philly has 3 types of leadership: senior leadership, the advisory board, and the brigade leadership team.
The Executive Director manages both the advisory board and the brigade leadership team to holistically move the vision of Code for Philly forward.
Since the beginning, Code for Philly has been a hub for civic tech enthusiasts and practitioners. As we continue to evolve and grow the community, we want to bring sustainability to the work.
The advisory board is challenged to help provide guidance on vision and scope of our emerging organization, strategic initiatives, funding models, and the continuation of the advisory board for 2018.
The advisory is currently paused, but stay tuned!
Brigade leadership includes team leads for the functional areas of Code for Philly. Leads manage the Code for Philly community and programming as well as the support teams assisting each area.
Our current leadership team includes a Community Lead, Projects Lead, and Communications Lead.
Dawn took leadership of Code for Philly in early 2015 as the community was transitioning from a grassroots movement towards a sustainable organization.
As Executive Director, Dawn continues to work on defining Code for Philly’s forward-looking vision, building organizational capacity to scale, developing institutional partnerships, and managing the Code for Philly brigade leadership team and advisory board.
Advisory Board 2017
CTO at Jarvus Innovations
Chris has more than 15 years of experience with system architecture, app development, and systems administration. Over the past seven years, he has built more than 30 projects using Sencha’s Ext JS and Touch frameworks, for clients such as Time Warner Cable.
In 2012 he organized and founded Code for Philly, a local volunteer chapter of the national nonprofit Code for America, and now serves on the advisory board.
Community Manager, Generocity
Mo Manklang is the Community Manager at Generocity.org, and has been convening people around creative solutions for Philly for the past four years. Mo is the Vice President of the board of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, is cofounder of The Bechdel Test Fest and loves exploring the weird side of Philadelphia. Also she loves tacos.
President, Director of Education, Society of Hospital Medicine
Nick grew up in Pittsburgh and spent three years in Steamboat Springs, CO before coming to his senses and moving to Philadelphia in 2008. As Director of Education, Nick leads education strategy and content development for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), a professional medical society dedicated to promoting quality care for hospitalized patients.
In addition to Code For Philly’s Advisor Board, Nick is third term president of Young Involved Philadelphia, sits on the board of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, and always seems to get himself involved in a slew of civic side projects. In 2015 Nick was named a top Connector by Leadership Philadelphia.
His hobbies include trying to beat Cecily Tynan in the Broad Street Run, cooking large themed dinners based on puns, and, inevitably, improv. Nick also hopes to one-day pull off a white linen suit.
Program Manager, ExCITe Center, Drexel University
With a background in how people and space influence each other, Kara currently serves as Enabler (Program Manager) for the Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center at Drexel University. The Center is a hub for transdisciplinary work at the intersection of design, technology and entrepreneurship. Her love for culture, transit, and Philadelphia has also led her to be involved as a co-organizer with both Urban Geek Drinks and contributor to the Philadelphia Geek Awards.
Head of Business Development, CrowdPac
Liz is an accomplished political operative working for both Obama Campaigns (running Regional Field in 2007-08 in multiple states and Get out the Vote efforts in Ohio for 2012). She has managed competitive races in local elections and worked on coalition building in both the Obama administration and in Congress.
Executive Director, Greenlight Fund
Omar Woodard joined the GreenLight Fund as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia office in January 2016. He comes to GreenLight with a decade of experience working in venture philanthropy, management consulting and foreign and U.S. government relations.
Widely recognized for his expertise in nonprofit board governance, Omar serves as an advisor and director to the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, the Girard College Foundation, the Maternity Care Coalition, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and many others.
A North Philadelphia native, Omar resides in the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood of the city.
After a recent move to Philadelphia Jacqui was lucky enough to stumble upon the Code for Philly community and enter the amazing world of civic hacking. This community and the act of civic hacking enable her to never stop learning new things, to continually meet interesting people, and to take part in helping to create a better city.
As Code for Philly’s Community Lead Jacqueline hopes to grow and strengthen membership as well as to help make civic hacking a new norm in civic participation and a well used and meaningful way for anyone to help shape the future of their city or community.
She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their two cats. She enjoys riding her bike, climbing mountains, and winning -or trying to- a competitive board game match (much to her husband’s pride and chagrin).
Rich has been a member of Code for Philly since 2013. He was attracted by the opportunity of helping all levels of government as well as socially-driven organizations execute on their respective missions.
By day, Rich works for JPMorgan Chase building digital and mobile tools for small businesses. Originally from Pittsburgh, for the past five years Rich has resided in Delaware County. Soon though, he’s very excited to move back into the city of brotherly love. As Projects Lead, he hopes to support Code for Philly projects drive civic impact and engagement.
Pat works in academic publishing, assisting editors with peer review for their journals. His real passion lies in helping out in the community. His previous career was being an art teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. He volunteers for Neighborhood Bike Works and with Code for Philly. He’s new the to tech scene, but loves what Civic Tech has to offer as a means of thinking globally, but acting locally.
As Communications Lead, he’s looking to highlight the great work already being done and to let more people know how to help out, and not just coders.
Meghan is a User Experience Designer with Elsevier who sometimes dabbles in front-end development. Having recently changed careers from education into technology, she is especially passionate about helping others who are new to the field or hoping to make career changes.
Meghan is excited to bring her event-planning and career-changer experience to Code for Philly to find new and innovative ways of bringing together the Philly tech community and local government. She hopes to make Code for Philly events accessible and welcoming for all, especially newcomers and those from underrepresented populations in tech.
Outside of Code for Philly, Meghan enjoys organizing social events for Girl Develop It, traveling, and keeping up with an inordinate amount of other hobbies.