Ruby Sinreich

About Ruby

Ruby SinreichRuby Sinreich is a web developer who has worked in progressive advocacy organizations and online communities for over two decades. She created the first website for the North Carolina Justice Center, was the first online field organizer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, consulted on network-centric organizing strategies for Greenpeace International and the American Civil Liberties Union, and led the development and management of one of the most active Drupal Commons communities in the world at HASTAC.

Ruby is passionate about open source software and open space meetings, and enjoys facilitating unconferences for fellow geeks and nonprofit workers. She is a recovering blogger and local politico, who can sometimes still be found at Black Lives Matter protests and PTA meetings. She founded OrangePolitics, a progressive multi-author blog with a vibrant community discussing local issues around her hometown of Chapel Hill, NC. After being the editor and czar for 10 years she recruited and collaborated with new editors, successfully transitioning herself out of leadership in 2013.

“Ruby is one of the most smart and principled people I know, and a real force in the community.”
Doc Searls

Ruby currently serves as the Digital Developer for MomsRising, a community where mothers and the people who love them go to change the world. In 2014 Ruby worked as the Network Organizer for the Leading Change Network, creating a robust global community of grassroots organizers, teachers, and researchers. She was previously Director of New Media Strategy at HASTAC, an innovative interdisciplinary network that works to build understanding of  how digital media is changing how we teach and learn. She provided expertise on Internet policy, culture, and trends, as well as day-to-day management and on-going development of, a complex and heavily-used Drupal web site that serves as the public face, community center, competition winners’ hub, and operational home of HASTAC. Before that she served as the Co-Director of Communications at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an interfaith organization working for peace and justice through active nonviolence since 1914. Her other professional experience includes social network analysis, blogger outreach, organizer capacity-building, web site design and development, online communication strategy, and all manner of trainings. Ruby has helped hundreds of nonprofits use technology more effectively in service of their educational, movement-building, and political missions. She has worked with organizations of all sizes and scopes including local women’s centers, statewide advocacy organizations, and national and international institutions such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Greenpeace International, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Ruby Sinreich turned concept into reality for [Social Source Commons in 2005]… Ruby made a huge impact by drafting the wireframes for the initial user interface. Drawing on her savvy sense of emerging internet trends, Ruby’s design set SSC on the course that it still tracks to this day.”
Allen Gunn, Social Source Commons History & Appreciations

 Ruby is also an engaging and informative public speaker and “open space” (a.k.a. unconference) facilitator. She has led sessions or served on panels at South by Southwest Interactive, Harvard’s Berkman Center, NetSquared, IPDI’s Politics Online Conference, N-TEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, and many other events for nonprofits and advocacy organizations.

ruby & izzy sunset 2015Ruby earned a BSPH from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in 2000. She moved all the way from her hometown in Chapel Hill to Durham, NC and loves being in a diverse, creative, culturally rich, and financially affordable city. She practices Engaged Buddhism and lives with her son who is an elementary school student in Durham Public Schools and their very cranky, very fluffy cat.

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