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 President of the Connected Commerce Council.
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 Head of Platform 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.
Geoff Hollingworth has 28 years experience in software, cloud, and telecom industries, leading global marketing, branding, consulting, business development, network operations, R&D, and new multimedia organizations.
Most recently Hollingworth has worked as a CMO and has been advising CEOs and founding teams in the areas of strategy, marketing and business development.
Previously Hollingworth has worked in companies such as MobiledgeX, Ericsson, AT&T, Volvo Ocean Race and CERN and is a member of the Advisory Board for DataCatalyst.org. Hollingworth was previous chairman of board, Application Developers Alliance.
Hollingworth is a UK and USA citizen, based in North Dallas, TX
Leanna Bringht is a unicorn. She has the rare combination of being a change-agent storyteller with a superpower to drive efficiency and productivity throughout the creative process. As production manager at Data Protocol, Leanna is the main point of contact in support of video production teams and external subject matter experts with a prioritization to surprise, delight, and inspire our learners. Prior to Data Protocol, Leanna has worked in similar roles with major companies such as Palmetto and Nestle. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Leanna is also the CEO/Founder of Around Dis Joint Entertainment a podcast series that reimagines classic radio theater with diversity and passion.
Courtney manages the day-to-day operations at Data Protocol. An engaging communicator and solutions-based administrator, she brings extensive experience in business operations across diverse industries.
A self-proclaimed “people person”, Courtney is dedicated to building and maintaining meaningful relationships with every person who crosses her path. It is her people-centric nature and genuine compassion for others that has afforded her excellent rapport with everyone from the classroom to the board room.
Courtney is a graduate of The College of Charleston with a B.A. in Political Science.
Niki is an advocate for learners and utilizing engaging and personalized learning strategies. She has spent the majority of her professional career as an educator focusing on teaching adult and student learners what they need and in the way each individual learns best. Her passion for creating engaging and personalized learning experiences fuels her drive to tailor course design and flow for Data Protocol users. As the Learning Manager, Niki sets the pace, structure, and learning targets for courses within the platform.
Niki is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and University of North Carolina at Wilmington with her Masters in Education.
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 and from the ground up. Prior to joining the team at Data Protocol, Kimber was an instructional designer and program manager at Amazon. As Director 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.