(Austin, TX) // Today, the Austin Tech Alliance board of directors announced the coming departure of David Edmonson, the organization’s current executive director. Edmonson has served as ATA’s inaugural executive director since the organization’s founding in August 2016 and will remain in the role until November 23, after which Sarah Ortiz Shields will become the interim executive director. Shields is ATA’s program manager and has been leading the Paper Census efforts at ATA.

“We are so appreciative of the great work David has done over the past two years standing Austin Tech Alliance up and activating Austin’s tech sector,” said Joshua Baer, co-founder of ATA and founder of Capital Factory. “From launching informed.vote to partnering with the City of Austin on the Paper Census, David has built a strong foundation for the organization. We look forward to partnering with him in his new role and continuing the work to build a culture of civic engagement across the innovation economy.”

“We’re thankful for David’s dedication and energy, and we know we’ll find an executive director who will continue to drive ATA’s growth and impact,” said Dan Graham, co-founder of ATA and founder of Notley Ventures. “Dynamic candidates who are excited to lead a growing nonprofit that sits at the intersection of tech, policy, and civic engagement should reach out and apply.”

The executive director is responsible for coordinating all activities at Austin Tech Alliance. This includes executing programming and events and managing membership recruitment and retention. Candidates should be passionate about improving Austin and increasing civic engagement opportunities for tech employees.

More information on the executive director position is available here.

About Austin Tech Alliance

Austin Tech Alliance is a nonpartisan nonprofit building a culture of civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector. The organization is focused on helping every tech employee cast an informed vote and using tech as a tool to tackle our community’s most pressing challenges.

As a member-based nonprofit, ATA has membership options for both individuals as well as companies. Company members of ATA make up a cross-section of leading tech brands, including Google, Facebook, Silicon Labs, Dell, AT&T, Capital Factory, Atlassian, Uber, Lyft, SXSW, Rackspace, RetailMeNot, and numerous others.