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After nearly five years working with Baltimore startups and entrpreneurs at Emerging Technology Centers, Jacqueline Albright joined Lyft this month as the Operations Lead for the Baltimore market.
“This opportunity at Lyft allows me to leverage all my past work experiences (even my first full-time role with an automotive group) and support a solution to a large challenge in Baltimore – transportation,” Albright said via email. “I am very excited about the work Lyft is doing to provide reliable and affordable rides while expanding the flexible earning opportunities that Baltimore residents can have through driving with Lyft.”
The ridesharing company has been making more inroads into Baltimore over the last several years, establishing a Baltimore office near Penn Station. Albright said she will be working Market Manager Mike Heslin and the 23-member Baltimore team on bigger initiatives oriented toward Lyft drivers, including partnerships, activations and work at its support space within the office.
Albright was Assistant Director at ETC, the startup incubator, helping to launch the Pioneer Baltimore program for idea-stage entrepreneurs, and collaborating with other entrepreneur support organizations.
“I’ve always wanted to work for a tech company – something new and exciting from a product standpoint – but it was important to me to be passionate about a company’s vision,” Albright said. “My role at ETC exposed me to many aspects of business and early stage startups. I was looking for an opportunity to dive deeper into operations at a growing organization.”
We just surprised our Assistant Director, @Jackaleen_A, with a goodbye party to celebrate her 5 years at ETC! She will soon be joining former Beehive member and everyone's favorite rideshare service @lyft. Best of luck, Jackie! #startups #rideshare #partytime pic.twitter.com/z37soclh8J
— ETC Baltimore (@etcbaltimore) June 27, 2018
Lotame recently promoted Jason Downie to the role of Chief Strategy Officer. Downie will oversee product, marketing, sales development and strategy for the company, which makes a data management platform for advertisers and publishers.
Based out of the company’s Columbia office, Downie previously served as SVP and General Manager for Data Solutions. He build and led the company’s data team.
“Jason has built from scratch a large business unit inside of Lotame,” CEO Andy Monfried said in a statement. “He has done that by being a visionary, communicating effectively, and rallying resources to deliver for our clients. Jason has the skill, ability, and most of all desire to execute to drive successful outcomes.”
Baltimore city’s IT department made a series of hires in the first part of 2017, according to a report from Government Technology, Tracy McKee joined as Chief Data Officer, moving to Baltimore following a role as GIS Director for the City of Charleston, S.C. The city’s first-ever director of Digital DevOps is Jet Lü, who joined in June from a project manager role at General Dynamics Information Technology. At the end of the month, Kursten Jackson will start as Chief of IT Human Capital, transitioning from senior director of human resources at Howard County General Hospital. News of the hires at the department now known as the Baltimore City Office of Information and Technology follows release of a final version of the city’s tech transformation plan.
Phillip Merrick stepped down from the role of CEO at Columbia-based email delivery company SparkPost earlier this month, as Rich Harris took the top day-to-day role.
But Merrick isn’t done leading Maryland tech companies. A couple weeks later, he was named CEO of Frederick-based Fugue. According to Technical.ly DC, Fugue cofounder Josh Stella, who previously served as CEO, will remain with the company as CTO. After leading sales growth at SparkPost, Merrick said he is excited about getting back to where his passion lies and jumping in with another local company that’s at an “inflection point.”-30-
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