About Civil

A Decentralized Marketplace for Sustainable Journalism

Civil's mission is journalism: supporting it, distributing it and protecting its ideals.

We believe that journalism is in need of a new model. The ad-driven revenue model that traditionally funded quality journalism has simply not translated to the digital economy. Journalism is a fundamental pillar of free, democratic societies, and newsrooms around the world are facing an existential threat like never before. We're committed to introducing a new way forward that enables journalists to focus on journalism, not satisfying the clicks-over-quality mandate from third parties like advertisers and publishers.

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Meet Our Team

Introducing a new model for journalism is an ambitious problem to try to solve — and also an incredibly important one. To help realize our vision, we've built a core team of top engineering and design talent, as well as former journalists and marketers to ensure we always maintain a “journalism first” approach.

Partnerships & Community Lead; Co-founder

Christine Mohan

Christine has 25 years of experience with media and technology firms in New York City, Boston and Washington DC. At Civil she manages partnerships and community, facilitates social media, and organizes national and international industry events. She spent 12 years at The New York Times Company and The Wall Street Journal in corporate communications, product marketing and web operations roles. Earlier, Christine oversaw the digital and sales teams for DeSales Media Group, where she created and launched a net- work of 100 websites across Brooklyn and Queens. She also founded Mohan Media Inc., providing PR and marketing for consumer and technology brands including Tiffany & Co., WordPress.com and Business Insider. Christine holds a bachelor's degree from College of the Holy Cross. Christine is an avid golfer and voracious reader — just not at the same time.

Ecosystem lead; co-founder

Daniel Sieberg

Daniel Sieberg leads journalism operations at Civil. He has more than 25 years of experience working at the intersection of technology and journalism. Daniel previously worked at Google in NYC as founder of Google for Media and head of training and development for the Google News Lab, which is Google's global team responsible for liaising with the editorial side of newsrooms to drive innovation and new forms fo storytelling. He previously spent 20 years as a science and technology reporter and analyst for the likes of CNN, CBS News, ABC News, Details, MSNBC, the Vancouver Sun and BBC Amer- ica. Sieberg has been nominated for 5 National News & Documentary Emmy Awards and is the recipient of a Peabody Award as part of CNN's coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His first book, The Digital Diet (Crown), was published in 2011 and reprinted in several countries. He holds a M.J. from the University of British Columbia and a B.F.A. from the University of Victoria. When not thinking about the future of journalism Daniel spends time doing spin classes, traveling and spending time with his wife and daughters on Long Island.

Engineering Lead; Co-founder

Dan Kinsley

Dan leads the Engineering team at Civil. He brings over a decade of experience growing early stage companies and building highly scalable systems. Before Civil, Dan was building an eCommerce business accelerator at Launch and helped bring the luxury shoe brand M.Gemi to market. Prior to that he founded Surf - a streaming media aggregation company. He cut his teeth at Thinking Phone Networks, and helped grow the business from 15 to well over 200 employees before rebranding as Fuze. When Dan isn’t writing code, he can be found cycling, cooking, and playing guitar (poorly). As a new father, he is honing his diaper changing skills and perfecting his Dad Jokes.


Jorge Lopez

Jorge is an engineer at Civil. Before joining Civil, Jorge worked at a multitude of startups such as Bark, Refinery29, and Etsy. He was the first engineer at Refinery29 and built their first con- tent management system. He also played an instrumental role in relaunching The New Re- public under Chris Hughes. When not pressing buttons on a keyboard, Jorge enjoys spending time at his home in Bush- wick with his wife, two dogs and two cats.

Product Designer; Co-founder

Julia Himmel

Julia is a product designer at Civil. She brings 5 years of experience designing and developing for the web. Prior to Civil, Julia worked at Berlin ed-tech startup CareerFoundry, where she took core fea- tures from research through prototyping and user testing, then built them with a small team of developers. Before that, she honed her design skills working on print projects for both new startups and companies such as Time Warner. She holds a BA from Columbia University. A former wine professional, Julia still enjoys food and wine when she's not designing experi- ences for journalists and readers. She also spends her free time volunteering in local politics, reading sci-fi novels and seeing art.

Operations lead; co-founder

Lillian Ruiz

Lillian has 9 years experience in digital marketing, audience development and brand and business strategy. At Civil, Lillian works on the Alignment and Operations team developing strategy and tactics for large-scale project execution, and resource management. Prior to Civil, Lillian was Senior Director of Growth and Product Optimization at InsideHook. There, she developed and implemented strategy to convert the email business into a full suite digital publisher. Prior to InsideHook, Lillian launched the Girl Scouts of the USA's first social media marketing strategy, winning the company's first Overall Grand Champion and Category Champion in the Large Business division of the Social Media Leadership Awards. She also helped re-brand New York cult favorite brands Flavorwire and Flavorpill. Lillian holds a B.A. in History from Wesleyan University. Outside of the office she is the lead singer and co-manager of probably the sickest cover band in New York City. Don't invite her to your karaoke parties.

Communications and brand strategy lead; co-founder

Matt Coolidge

With more than a decade of experience spanning both the tech and federal sectors, Matt leads content and communications efforts at Civil. He drives brand strategy across Civil's ecosystem and works closely with Civil Newsmakers on audience development. Prior to Civil, Matt was a vice president at Bateman Group, an award-winning public relations firm, where he helped lead the agency's financial and developer tech practices out of its New York office. Previously, he was a public relations consultant at LEWIS PR working with en- terprise tech companies in Silicon Valley. He began his career at a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm working with non-profit science and technology organizations. He holds a B.A. from George Washington University. In his spare time, Matt loves to hike, write and travel; he once spent six months doing all three across Southeast Asia and the Middle East, which he covered on his (poorly maintained) blog.

CEO; Co-founder

Matthew Iles

Matthew studied journalism at Duke University before embarking on a entrepreneurial career in digital marketing and innovative business modeling. He long imagined it possible to har- ness both the wildly explosive power of an open discourse platform along with the financial and behavioral incentives of a global cooperative, and first wrote about the concept behind Civil in November 2016. Beyond advocating for sustainable journalism, Matthew also believes deeply in evolutionary organizational methods over traditional command-and-control hierarchies. At Civil, Matthew and the team practice what he originally coined Synchronicity — a cascading, distributed lead- ership model predicated on vast common knowledge, continuous realignment and a deep appreciation for everyone's personal self-identity. He owes much of his career success to his wife and prior entrepreneurial partner Katie Iles. They live in Brooklyn with their dog Emma. When not working on Civil, Matthew enjoys reading science fiction, cooking and playing board games with Katie, and exploring New York City's and the Hudson Valley's best restau- rants and bars.

Product Design Lead; Co-founder

Nguyet Vuong

Nguyet leads product design at Civil, including user research, interface design and product strategy. Nguyet has more than a decade of experience working as a designer and creative director across industries such as publishing, hospitality, nonprofit, and media. Prior to Civil, Nguyet was Creative Director of Product at Atlantic 57, The Atlantic's creative agency/consultancy based out of Washington, D.C. There, she led the design and launch of digital products for the agency's mission-driven clients. Her work on The Cancer Atlas, The Cancer Society's interactive data visualization website, was nominated as a finalist of The Webby Awards, People's Choice Webby Award, and The Digiday Awards for “Best Use of Mul- timedia for Storytelling” in 2015. Previously, Nguyet led user experience design at Sabre Hos- pitality Solutions, where she was part of a team that designed the first web-based booking engine for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as other award-winning websites. Nguyet holds a B.A. from University of Maryland, College Park. When she's not obsessing over understanding user needs, Nguyet enjoys painting watercolor portraits, training to run races, and having travel adventures like cage diving with sharks in South Africa or hiking in Peru.

Ethereum Engineer

Nick Reynolds

Nick is an engineer at Civil focused on writing Smart Contracts and the tools to interact with them. Prior to Civil, Nick was a full-stack engineer at Zynga working on massively multiplayer online games. Nick was responsible for implementing server-side logic and validation as well as client side views and inputs for numerous gameplay features, as well as designing several social features. Nick has a BSE in Digital Media Design from The University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing games (both board and video) and traveling. He has trekked through the world’s largest cave.

Newsroom Strategy and Sustainability Lead; Co-founder

Nicole Bode

Nicole is responsible for recruiting and supporting first fleet newsrooms on the Civil platform, including helping them thrive and overcome challenges. Nicole has spent the past 17 years as a reporter and editor in New York City, including as a founding member and Managing Editor of DNAinfo, an award-winning news site that served readers in New York and Chicago before its closure in 2017. During her tenure, the site earned awards from the Deadline Club, New York Press Club and Newswomen's Club of New York, among others. She also served as DNAinfo's first Data Visualizations Editor, and oversaw breaking news as well as day-to-day newsroom operations. Previously, Nicole spent eight years as a reporter at the New York Daily News, where she cov- ered criminal justice, education and local, national and international breaking news. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and is currently an adjunct journalism professor at the New School's News and Narrative Design program. Nicole loves drawing, comic books and illustration, as well as laughing at Peppa Pig with her husband and young son.

Ethereum Engineer; Developer Community Lead

Olaf Tomalka

Olaf has more than seven years as a world-class engineer, and has been working with Ethereum and its communities since early 2017. He brings this wealth of experience and passion — as well as a healthy dash of business sense — to Civil, where he's focused on smart contracts and liaising with its growing developer community. Previously, Olaf was a co-founder, CTO and majority shareholder for Boson Identities, a blockchain startup. There. he worked on decentralized identities using Ethereum as well as Getline.in brand, a decentralized, peer-to-peer lending protocol. He led the technological stack, a team of more than 20 people, and created a community of more than 5,000 cryptocurrency enthusiasts. During the nights, Olaf suits ups and each month organises the biggest Blockchain Dev conference in Poland, with which attracts more than 500 developers on average. Traveling the world on a single backpack as a digital nomad, his goal for 2018 is to visit 12 countries.

Front-end Engineer

Walker Flynn

Walker is a front-end engineer at Civil. He has five years of experience working on various parts of the web development stack and two years as a product designer. Before Civil, he was a senior front-end developer on the frameworks and infrastructure team at 1stdibs. Before that, he worked for XO Group and Evisors as a software engineer and Inch inc. as a product designer. He studied furniture design at RISD. Outside of civil, Walker enjoys walking. It's what he was born to do. Beyond eponymic activ- ity, he likes drawing, climbing, and building things in his studio.

We’re always hiring

We’re always on the lookout for new talent to join our growing team. Think you’re a good fit? Send your resume and a brief note about you to [email protected] Please be sure to include “CANDIDATE” in the subject line.

General Inquiries

If you'd like to get in touch but aren't sure who you should speak with, drop us a line at [email protected].