Ximena Hartsock

Ximena Hartsock


Ximena Hartsock

Dr. Ximena Hartsock

 Ximena Hartsock is the Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and President of Phone2Action, a venture- backed, award-winning civic engagement and communications technology company.

 Prior to founding Phone2Action she was a member of the executive cabinet of former Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, serving as the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and later as the Chief of Staff of the City Administration.

 As Parks Director, she managed more than 1,000 employees. During her tenure, she oversaw renovations of several DC public facilities including the completion of DC’s state of the art Olympic facility, Wilson Pool, the construction of numerous athletic fields and parks, the opening of the Nationals stadium and the implementation of wellness programs for seniors, youth and families.

 Before this position, Dr. Hartsock was DC Public Schools Deputy Chief for Teaching and Learning under the education overhaul led by Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty. In that role she led key reforms, including the expansion of online learning, International baccalaureate, STEM education, foreign language programs, the implementation of a comprehensive “out of school time” curriculum that served students after-school, on weekends and in the summer, and the implementation of a credit recovery program for students at risk that was key to improve DC’s historically low graduation rates. Dr. Hartsock came to that position after working in DC Government as educator, federal project administrator, and school principal.

 In 2013, Dr. Hartsock’s company Phone2Action won the prestigious SXSW Interactive Technology competition and in 2015, and 2016 the Reed Awards. In 2017 Phone2Action was named most innovative technology in advocacy by “Campaigns and Elections” magazine. Dr. Hartsock has received multiple awards for leadership and public service. In 2016 Hartsock made the Power 100 list by the Washington Business Journal. Dr. Hartsock has been featured, among others, in Fortune, Forbes The Washington Post, and the New York Times.

 In addition to her responsibilities at Phone2Action, Dr. Hartsock serves on the Board of Industry Leaders of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). She is also an advisor at several schools in the Washington Metro area including the Washington Leadership Academy Public High School.

 A native of Chile, she holds a Doctorate in Administration and Policy from The George Washington University.