Atlanta-based nonprofit TechBridge recently announced its selection of Nicole Armstrong as chief executive officer, after an extensive nationwide search.

The company began its search in early 2019, led by TechBridge board member Clint Bailey and Neysa Billon Brown, managing director with Diversified Search, an executive search firm specializing in the nonprofit and philanthropic fields.

“I am humbled and deeply honored to have been selected for this role. I feel a personal connection to the TechBridge mission,” said Armstrong. “My love affair with technology, which started at the age of 11, changed the trajectory of my life.”

“The work that TechBridge is doing, to impact individuals, communities and nonprofits, not only matters but also is a social imperative. I look forward to locking arms with the board, our team, our partners and our nonprofit clients, so that we can continue to make a profound difference in the lives of those that need it most.”

Armstrong takes the reigns from Julio Carrillo who served as the Acting CEO for the past nine months and COO for two and a half years. Carrillo succeeded James Franklin, a former TechBridge CEO.

A seasoned business executive with more than two decades of experience, Armstrong comes to TechBridge with a series of successes with public sector, large and mid-sized organizations, particularly focused on operations and emerging business strategies.

She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Computer Science Engineering from Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College,

Most recently she served as senior vice president of customer success at Renaissance Learning, one of the nation’s largest education technology companies. Prior to Renaissance, she was CEO and co-founder of Noodle Markets, K-12’s first digital procurement platform and national marketplace.

Armstrong also served as President of CORE Education and Consulting Solutions (ECS), Inc., an Atlanta-based leading global education company providing assessments,  interventions and content solutions for districts and states serving Pre-K, K-12, Employability, Special Education and Higher Education sectors.

Prior to CORE ECS, she was the senior vice president of client services for Schoolnet, Inc. and Pearson Education.

“We are thrilled to have Nicole on board because she really understands the importance of leveraging technology to drive exponential change with far-reaching outcomes. We are confident that Nicole is the right person to lead the organization towards pivotal growth,” said Scott Geller, TechBridge co-founder.

TechBridge is a longstanding Atlanta-based nonprofit, dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through the innovative use of technology as a means to transform nonprofit and community impact.

With some exciting product releases expected for 2020, TechBridge is focused on its partnership with Feeding America, to continue to improve and rollout Agency and Donor Express 2.0, which enables food banks to list inventories online, providing hunger relief agencies the opportunity to order food seamlessly.

Also, TechBridge has launched JusticeServer, an open API platform for pro bono attorneys and civil case management needed by Legal Services Organizations (LSOs) serving people living in poverty.

On Armstrong’s appointment, Vish Narendra, TechBridge Board Chair (SVP & CIO, Graphic Packaging International) said, “This is an exciting time for TechBridge.  We will celebrate 20 years of service this year.  More than 50,000 nonprofits use our technology.  We’ve improved outcomes and transformed over 100 nonprofits and we’ve impacted more than 50 million people through the nonprofits we serve.  Nicole brings more than two decades of experience as an exceptional leader and innovator. That, coupled with her extensive public sector, engineering and consulting background makes her uniquely positioned to take TechBridge to the next level of its evolution.”

(Photo: Courtesy of TechBridge)

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