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Andrew Rasiej is the Founder and CEO of Civic Hall, the community center for social entrepreneurs, change-makers, government employees, hackers, academics, journalists, and artists all aligned with the shared mission of creating public good through the use of technology. Rasiej launched Civic Hall as a non-profit and is backed by the Omidyar Network, Cognizant, and Per Scholas. In 2016, Civic Hall along with its development partner RAL Partners secured the rights to develop a new campus in Union Square at the old PC Richard site. The 250,000 sq site will house a number of digital workforce development programs to ensure access to training to underserved New Yorkers along with coworking space and conference center. Under Rasiej's leadership, Civic Hall has already inked partnerships with 60+ workforce development organizations in the city to provide curriculum for the center, which is slated to open in 2020.
A graduate of Cooper Union and resident of Union Square, Rasiej is incredibly well connected and a masterful networker; he has advised presidents and respected politicians on the crossroads of innovation and politics. In addition to Civic Hall, he previously served as the Chairman of the New York Tech Alliance and is currently on its board, founded the Personal Democracy Forum, and founded MOUSE. In 2005, he ran for NYC Public Advocate on a campaign that focused on innovation and technology improvements to the city.
Before beginning this storied career that spans over 20 years, as New York's Tech scene's advocate for public good, Rasiej had a number of music-related businesses including founding the ballroom Irving Plaza, live streaming site Digital Club Network, the event series focused on music distribution Plug-In.