Power Moves: Amelia Friedman transitions to an advisory role at Hatch Apps

This edition of Power Moves features key hires and career transitions from women in tech.

Hatch App's Amelia Friedman is transitioning from COO to an advisor role.

(Photo via Hatch Apps website)

Power Moves is a column where we chart the comings and goings of talent across the region. Got a new hire, new gig or promotion? Email and let us know.

Amelia Friedman, among the best networked of a young entrepreneur class in D.C., announced that she will be transitioning from her COO position at Hatch Apps to an advisory role within the company. Today was her last day in the operations position, she said in a Medium article.

In the post, Friedman writes that this transition is a positive one, embracing the fact that in the past year and a half, Hatch has hired a full team, including sales, marketing, customer success and ops, in hopes that they will step up even more now.

“I’m still on-call and I’m still committed. The team should expect to see me at Friday happy hours and popping into the Slack conversation. I’ll also be on call as an advisor and champion for the company. Hatch Apps is still my baby, and I’m going to do all I can to help ensure its growth into maturity,” Friedman said in the article.

Param Jaggi will remain the CEO at Hatch as Friedman takes some time off before deciding her next move.

“This decision was not an easy one. It’s one we made together, and is informed by both what’s best for the company and also what’s best for Amelia at this stage of her life. I’m excited for what’s next for Amelia. And as she knows, we’ll still probably talk every day,” Jaggi said in a letter.



After nearly two years as the CMO at Crowdskout, Shana Glenzer departed the company on Feb. 8 to pursue personal consulting projects to provide additional flexibility to manage the needs of her growing family; Glenzer welcomed her third child in December. Her Linkedin reads that she is now the principal at Upright Consulting.


 Penny Lee has stepped down from a role as chief strategy officer at 1776 to lead a new public affairs practice at government relations firm Invariant, the Washington Business Journal reported. Lee will still hold a board seat at 1776 after working as CSO for two years, but she began work at Invariant on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

“She has not only worked with some of our country’s most noted politicians and executives, but with countless entrepreneurs and founders who are just beginning their journey. Penny knows how to tell client stories and get them told where it matters,” Invariant founder and CEO Heather Podesta said in a statement.


The Motley Fool has added two members to its Board of Directors: Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and Marthe LaRosiliere who already serves as general counsel for The Motley Fool and has been a part of the legal team since 1998. LaRosiliere will occupy the employee representative board seat previously held by Kerra McDonough, CFO of The Motley Fool.

“Randi has vast experience in investing, entrepreneurship, and business, with a particular focus on under-represented groups. She will be an essential contributor in our efforts to serve the entire world, Foolishly,” Tom Gardner, Motley Fool cofounder and CEO said in a statement. “Marthe is the perfect choice to fill our employee Board seat, as she lives and breathes our purpose, values, and Golden Rule principles every day. She has deep expertise in business law and has helped lead our company with integrity.”

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