Ellen Hwang is the Philadelphia program director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Hwang works with local leaders and other community members to find and invest in opportunities that support a more informed and engaged Philadelphia.
Before joining Knight, Hwang worked in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation and Technology, where she oversaw the creation of SmartCityPHL, the city’s first roadmap to guide the use of technology in serving the community and improve government services.
Before working with the City of Philadelphia, she directed programs at the city’s Asian Arts Initiative, collaborating with the community, as well as artists, culture-based organizations and schools to develop and implement youth programs. These efforts worked to empower young people to find their voice and hone their passions by engaging them in arts and community development projects.
Hwang is a member of American Planning Association PA Emerging Professionals, and the CoLab Philadelphia Task Force with Jefferson University. She also formerly served as member of the executive committee and chair for the Artists Committee for Build-a-Bridge Hopeful Cities.
Hwang has lived in Philadelphia for 13 years; she grew up in the greater Philadelphia region. She is a graduate of Temple University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Master of Science in city and regional planning. She is a regular speaker on topics such as Smart Cities, community-driven technology planning and design, and engagement strategies for local government, presenting at prominent events including SXSW, the Smart City New York Conference, and Tech Foundations for Congressional Staffers at the Georgetown University Law Center.