I’m writing to share an exciting update: after a nationwide search, Ben Treviño (he/him) is stepping in as the new Senior Program Director of the Network!
As many of you know, Ben has been an active volunteer with the Code for America Network and Brigade community. He was a member of Code for Hawaiʻi and served as a co-chair of the National Advisory Council. In 2018, Ben also participated in the Community Fellowship. Ben recently served as the Brigade Program Director and Interim Senior Program Director of the Network—but now it’s official!
I’m especially excited, and I know the national Network team is as well, to welcome Ben’s leadership. As the Senior Program Director of the Network, Ben will lead the Network’s model of partnership-first, human-centered, community-based transformation by supporting national staff and you, the members of this Network. Please join me in congratulating Ben!
I also wanted to take the opportunity to share that Evonne Silva (she/her) is our Vice President of Programs, a newly created role. Evonne joined Code for America over four years ago as the Senior Program Director for two portfolios, Criminal Justice and Workforce Development. In her time at Code for America, Evonne has been instrumental in helping the organization focus on transformative impact for communities most marginalized, harmed, and burdened by government services and systems that do not serve them. As the VP of Programs, Evonne will work directly with Ben to support and guide the Network in strategic decision-making and organizational alignment.
That’s not all. The national Network team has grown a lot in just the last few weeks with four new hires. Please join me in welcoming:
- Jill Bjers (she/her), Senior Network Events Manager
- Sung Kim (she/they), Associate Director of Communities of Practice
- Gabrielle Solis (she/her), Senior Program Manager of Impact Sprints
- Mellina Stoney (she/her) Senior Network Partnerships Manager
I’ve asked them all to share a little bit about themselves below.
In 2021, the Network community collaborated on the new vision for the Network, which determined the support volunteers need to make an impact in their communities. This year, the Network team is focusing on creating new resources and programs to provide that support. With this team in place, we’re going a long way to help meet the growing needs of our volunteer community.
Once again, welcome to our recent staff members—whether they’re new or stepping into new roles!
Can’t wait to see what we accomplish next,