Executive Team


Our executive team oversees operations and the general direction of our brigade, creating programs and partnerships to help the organization achieve its vision.

Jill Bjers

Jill Bjers

Director / Brigade Captain

Andrew Natoli

Andrew Natoli

Brigade Co-Captain

Jim Van Fleet

Jim Van Fleet

Senior Advisor

Technology Leads


Our technology leads are volunteers that are dedicated to overseeing Open Charlotte's technical infrastructure and providing technical assistance to project teams. While we try to keep our technical projects language-agnostic, tech leads may suggest technologies or best practices to maximize a project's success.

Ryan Edge

Ryan Edge

Marketing Team


Our marketing team members are evangelists of the civic tech movement and use their storytelling skills to update our social media channels with civic tech updates, blog about what we're working on, and even help plan events.

Kazi Smith

Kazi Smith

Dawn Peterson

Dawn Peterson

Want to get Involved?


The best way to get involved in brigade leadership is by attending one of our leadership meetings which are generally held during the second half of our community nights. You can view the notes from past leadership meetings for 2019 here.