Damian Ewens, Project Director

 

Damian leads TechHire Rhode Island, a new statewide initiative co-designed and developed by Opportunity@Work to deliver in-demand tech talent for companies in Rhode Island. Damian works in close collaboration with Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island state agencies, local businesses, educational institutions and community-based organizations. TechHire Rhode Island is Opportunity@Work's unique effort in creating a national model and learning lab for TechHire communities around the country.

Damian is a career educator and tech entrepreneur with a passion for helping people earn a living by being themselves. Prior to joining Opportunity@Work, Damian was the co-founder and CEO of Achievery, one of the world’s first digital credentialing companies that provided secure hosting and verification of new and emerging skills credentials in over 80 countries. Damian and his co-founder and CTO spent four years working closely with the Mozilla and MacArthur Foundations on the development of the first open standards for digital credentials and Open Badges. Achievery developed the first visual displayer, drupal module, and Directory (an open source search and indexing system) for Open Badges.

Prior to Achievery, Damian was the founding Director of the Hub, the high school initiative of the Providence After School Alliance, where he led the development of the first system in the country where high school students earned graduation credit and digital credentials for learning outside of school. Previously, Damian taught in 6th-12th grades in some of the most innovative public schools in the country. Damian spent four years teaching in the Big Picture Learning schools and then worked closely doing communications, development, and new school startups with the co-founders, Elliot Washor and Dennis Littky, as Big Picture Learning scaled internationally. Damian has a lifelong love affair with the ocean and a deep interest in activating underutilized urban spaces by creating and supporting accessible public parks. He is a board member at the Steelyard, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, and the Academy of Global Studies. 

Damian holds a Master of Arts in Education (Mathematics) from Stanford University and a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two daughters.