2012 Honorees

Citizens Union is proud to honor the following visionaries who are working at the intersection of technology, community, and government:

Dawn Barber is a recognized leader within the rapidly growing technology community in New York City.  She is co-founder of the NY Tech Meetup, whose 21,000 members reflect NYC’s most innovative technology companies.  Dawn is also an alumna of the NYC-based Pipeline Fund, which aims to increase the number of women philanthropists who become angel investors and social entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, and practice.   Read more…

Art Chang is a serial entrepreneur who has helped create and restart over 30 private and public sector organizations.  In 2005, he founded Tipping Point Partners, a New York City-based seed investor and founder of software startups.  He currently serves as the company’s CEO.
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Mark Gorton has spent the past decade building a series of innovative financial and technology companies. He is the founder of Tower Research Capital LLC, a money management firm specializing in quantitative trading and investment strategies.  Mark also founded OpenPlans in1999 to capitalize on the incredible potential of the open source movement to create tools that catalyze civic engagement. Read more…

Torrance Robinson is the Co-Founder and President of eChalk Inc, a web-based learning platform that serves the K-12 community in over 36 states.   Torrance brings years of experience developing, marketing and implementing web-based businesses, as well as creating and implementing technology solutions in K-12 schools and districts to eChalk Inc.
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2012 Special Guest

As WNYC’s business reporter, Ilya Marritz covers everything from real estate to employment to economic development, and frequently contributes stories to NPR’s Morning Edition.
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