Jake Ward is the co-founder and CEO of Data Protocol. He is an advocate for developers and a solver of problems. Jake’s career began in policy communications, evolved to focus on technology, and landed on entrepreneurship. Along the way Jake developed a zealot-like belief that with the right tools and enough time, any challenge could be overcome. Data Protocol is the realization of that conviction.
As a veteran of too many policy fights to list, the beneficiary of wisdom and guidance from extraordinary mentors and bosses, and a professional work in progress, Jake’s journey informs his approach to building companies and helping small, dedicated teams of people to change the world.
Jake is a graduate of Wheaton College and Northeastern University, the co-founder and former CEO / President of the Application Developers Alliance, a co-founder of CaddieNow, and Chairman of the Connected Commerce Council (3C).
Peter Cherukuri is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Data Protocol. His career has been focused at the intersection of technology and storytelling. Prior to Data Protocol, Peter served in senior executive leadership roles at Politico, Huffington Post, and the Economist Group with P&L responsibility to develop innovative, sustainable content business models. In addition to his media experience, Peter served as President of the startup incubator, 1776, co-founded a DC based angel investment group, K Street Capital, and co-founded a think tank focused on data policy, The Data Catalyst Institute.
A graduate of Colgate University, Peter has served on the board of the National Press Foundation since 2007 and has also served on the board of West Virginia University Reed College of Media, National League of Cities – Race Equality Leadership Initiative, Shakespeare Theater Company, the Close-up Foundation, and Washington’s NPR station, WAMU.
Joseph is an award-winning tech leader and architect of solutions for a wide variety of digital projects. Having served as the Technical Director for the highly respected children's companies Sesame Workshop, Toca Boca & HOMER, Joseph has led numerous technical teams and garnered four Daytime Emmy Nominations for Outstanding New Approach. Constantly learning new technologies to stay at the forefront of technical innovation, Joseph is a Blockchain enthusiast. When he’s not heads down in engineering blogs and books, you may find him in his backyard in Atlanta playing with his wife and 2yr old son and refining his BBQ recipes.
Patrick Boylan is the Chief Experience Officer at Data Protocol. He is dedicated to creating a truly empathetic and aesthetically pleasing learning experience for developers at every touch point on dataprotocol.com and beyond.
Patrick has managed the design and development of countless digital properties and platforms, from award-winning advocacy campaigns to e-commerce solutions. His journey has taught him the importance of audience empathy, adaptability, and nimbleness.
Patrick is a graduate of Clemson University with a B.A. in Marketing, and the founder of Raconteur Creative. Based in Washington, DC, he can be found enjoying Clemson sports or entertaining his two German Shepherd dogs.
Chelsea is the Chief of Staff at Data Protocol. She is a born leader and passionate about building teams and creating efficiencies. Chelsea is focused on enhancing productivity, leading strategic initiatives, and building out an operational framework.
Prior to Data Protocol, Chelsea spent 11 years on the investment team at a global hedge fund in New York City.
Chelsea is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a B.A. in International Business. In her spare time, she can be found at a field playing a variety of sports with her two boys.
Flora Field is a Content Strategist at Data Protocol. She is an award-winning poet and has written, edited, and researched for projects ranging from podcasts to screenplays. She is passionate about teaching people how to write and explaining why writing does or does not work.
Flora graduated from Scripps College with a B.A. in English, and Columbia University with an M.F.A. in poetry where she was the recipient of a Teaching Fellowship. When she's not jumbling and unjumbling sentences, she can be found scouring the shelves of used book stores and walking her dog around Brooklyn.
Eric Peltz focuses on people- their passions, their personalities, their proclivities, and aligning their performance with all of it. He strives to make Data Protocol a place where people feel seen, heard, and emboldened to use their gifts to empower engineers.
His insatiable curiosity led him from a decade of work in faith-based organizations to building culture at DP. He received a B.A. from Wheaton College (IL), an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and he’s closing in on his D.Min. from Lexington Theological Seminary.
Kimber is a psychology junkie with a bent for learning. With a mind for cognition and a distaste for the well-worn path, she has spent the majority of her career relaunching and building learning departments from the ground up. Prior to joining the team at Data Protocol, Kimber was an instructional designer and program manager at Amazon. As VP of Learning, Kimber leads the learning team to success by driving innovation, defining strong practices, and designing against the status quo to champion for Data Protocol users.
Kimber is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds a Masters in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.
Josh is a storyteller focused on the nexus of technological innovation and the human experience. Josh started his career with the UN, traveling the world documenting world heritage sites for UNESCO. This ignited a passion for storytelling and opened the door to a career making documentary films and television.
Josh is a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer whose work has been seen around the world. After attending ArtCenter College of Design in California, Josh moved to New York and spent 25 years creating top-rated programming for MTV/Viacom, NBC, NYC Media, and others.
Courtney is marketing-minded and business savvy. Always looking for ways to push the status quo, she enjoys improving processes and iterating across branding, marketing, and strategy. She has loved the written word her whole life and is excited to bring that passion to Data Protocol.
Prior to joining the Data Protocol team, Courtney spent over a decade in the Health IT industry. In addition to many other marketing and community focused roles, she guided existing products, launched new ones, and helped physicians navigate the regulatory landscape as a Product Marketing Manager. As one of the Content Strategists, Courtney helps create compelling content and plans the Data Protocol marketing launch to stardom.
Courtney is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and holds her M.B.A. in Marketing from Suffolk University.
Michael is a Software Engineer at Data Protocol. He is passionate about using his skills and creativity to build a community and help others. With a developer mindset and a goal of building the best platform possible for our users, Michael focuses on details large and small to enhance every user’s learning experience.
Michael has an extensive background working in the entertainment industry. Having graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Arts Management, Michael has conceptualized and developed events that follow strict timelines, using his creative mind to find various efficient solutions. These traits assist Michael in being an excellent Software Engineer. Following his undergrad, Michael attended Galvanize to grow and excel his programming skillset.
When not at work, Michael can be found playing volleyball at the beach, riding his bike, or relaxing with his lazy cat.
Carrigan is the Creative Manager at Data Protocol. From Saturday morning cartoons to delicate hand-drawn epics, Carrigan has always had a passion and love for animation. She firmly believes in bringing complex concepts to life through the magic of story-telling and art. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Animation. Her history is in freelance where she adapted to numerous different project needs and styles, dabbling in everything from fashion to 3D modeling before finding a home at Data Protocol. In this role, she has been given the opportunity to bridge the gap between data-oriented concepts and the learner through aesthetic appeal and intelligent design. In her free time, Carrigan enjoys a good horror movie (or a bad one), thrift store shopping, and painting in gouache.
Brianna is a video editor with a knack for interpersonal relationships; two things that seemingly have absolutely nothing to do with the other. She has previously blended these skills to dig into her clients’ visions and provide the production experience and finished products they really want. She now uses this unique blend to make magic happen at Data Protocol. Brianna has previously worked with a vast array of clients, from global companies like Boeing to smaller nonprofits like Turn90, a program that works to decrease national recidivism rates. She believes that there is no client and no task too small for beautiful and captivating storytelling.
Toyo is a graphic designer with a background in musical performance, Filipino American gastronomy, and mixed-media art. Always looking to create something new, he openly embraces projects that challenge his skills, creating high-quality content as a means of disseminating crucial information. He believes that health and accessibility should drive the way we conceptualize when building digital products. Toyo understands that technology doesn’t save the world, but instead is an extension of our experience. He is a techno-realist when it comes to design, approaching problems with sensible solutions.