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Meet Code for Philly’s first executive leadership team

July 7, 2015 Category: People

Earlier today, Code for Philly, the local chapter of Code for America, announced that its new executive team had been named: Corey Acri is the Collaborations Lead, Ben Novack is the Projects Lead, and Dawn McDougall will serve as Executive Director.

Since its formation in 2012, Code for Philly has built a network of civic leaders, organizations and startups who want to make a difference using their talents and skills to help create new technology that makes Philadelphia work better for all of its citizens.

Already this year, Code for Philly, an all-volunteer civic hacking organization, has held three hackathons and started up its second year of open source mentorship which helps mentor women in open source coding in partnership with Girl Develop It Philly.

The goal of the new executive team is to help take Code for Philly to the next level by improving new and regular member experience, forming relationships with organizations and government, telling the story of the Code for Philly community and the work it does, diversifying its member base, organizing city-wide civic hacking events, and pushing forward the larger conversation on civic tech and civic innovation.

As Collaborations lead, Acri will help move projects into the partnership phase and become a viable product for Code for Philly’s collaboration organizations.

Novack, as Projects Lead, will help guide projects through the phases of their lifecycle, assist volunteers and projects with finding one another, and work closely with Acri to make sure collaboration projects achieve their goals.

As Executive Director, McDougall, will oversee operations and strategy, develop relationships with partner organizations, and communicate the value of Code for Philly’s brigade to outside interests. She’ll also support the Executive Team and serve as a representative for Code for Philly.

Learn more about the team at

Image via Code for Philly

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