Ruby managed hastac.org and provided strategic direction and advanced implementation for most aspects of HASTAC's online presence from 2009 until early 2014.
Ruby (a.k.a. @Ruby on Twitter) was the Director of New Media Strategy for HASTAC and the DML Competition. She provided expertise on Internet policy, culture, and trends, as well as day-to-day management and on-going development of hastac.org, a complex and heavily-used Drupal web site that serves as the public face, community center, competition winners' hub, and operational home of HASTAC. She now works as the Network Organizer for the Leading Change Network (http://leadingchangenetwork.org/). Ruby specializes in strategies that connect people to each other, sometimes known as “network-centric advocacy,” “social media,” “Web 2.0,” or “grassroots organizing,” depending upon what type of geek one is. She previously served as the Co-Director of Communications at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an historic interfaith organization working for peace and justice through active nonviolence. Her previous professional experience includes social network analysis, blogger outreach, organizer capacity-building, web site design and development, online communication strategy, and all manner of trainings. Ruby has helped hundreds of progressive nonprofits use technology more effectively in service of their educational, movement-building, and political missions. She has worked with organizations of all sizes and scopes including local women’s centers, statewide advocacy organizations, and national and international institutions such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Greenpeace International, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Ruby is an engaging and informative public speaker and workshop facilitator. She has led sessions or served on panels at South by Southwest Interactive, Harvard’s Berkman Center, NetSquared, IPDI’s Politics Online Conference, N-TEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, and many other events for nonprofits and advocacy organizations. She is an enthusiastic leader of unconferences, and has spearheaded the chaos at THATCampRTP 2010 and NCTech4Good 2012, among others. Ruby is also the founder and senior editor of OrangePolitics.org, a progressive multi-author weblog with a vibrant community discussing local issues around her hometown of Chapel Hill, NC. She earned a BSPH from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in 2000. She has served in a leadership capacity on a variety of nonprofit and local government boards and commissions including the Chapel Hill Planning Board and Transportation Board. Ruby practices Engaged Buddhism. She lives in a townhouse on the edge of Bolin Creek with her husband Brian, and son Isidore.