Ximena Hartsock is the President and co-founder of Phone2Action, a civic engagement and communications platform based in Washington, DC. Phone2Action is used by trade associations, non-profits and other groups to launch digital grassroots campaigns for issue advocacy. Prior to Phone2Action Hartsock was a member of the executive cabinet of former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty where she served as DC Director of Parks and Recreation and Chief of Staff of the City Administration. As Parks Director, she managed a $41M annual operating budget, a $120M capital projects budget, and over 1,000 employees. During her tenure, she oversaw renovations of all DC public pools, the completion of DC’s state of the art Olympic facility, Wilson Pool, the construction of numerous athletic fields and parks, and the implementation of wellness programs for seniors, youth and families.
Before this position, Hartsock was DC Public Schools Deputy Chief for Teaching and Learning under the education overhaul led by Adrian Fenty. In that role she led key reforms, including the expansion of online learning, International baccalaureate and Dual Language programs, the implementation of a comprehensive “out of school time” program that served students afterschool, on weekends and in the summer, and the implementation of a credit recovery program for students at risk of dropping out that helped improve DC’s historically low graduation rates. Hartsock came to that position after years in DC Government as teacher and turn-around school Principal.
She has been recognized for her work in education and public service multiple times. Among them: In 2007, her school, Ross Elementary, was recognized by the school district for its successful academic turn around. In 2010 she was recognized by the United States Tennis Association as the US government employee of the year for her work expanding tennis in DC. In 2013, her company Phone2Action won the prestigious SXSW Interactive Accelerator competition. In 2014, Phone2Action has won multiple awards in technology including the Reed Award for “Best Use of Mobile Technology in Civic Engagement”. Phone2Action has been featured, among others, in the Washington Post and New York Times.
Phone2Action is a venture-backed, award-winning tech platform. Hartsock, an immigrant from Chile, holds degrees in Philosophy, Spanish Literature and a Doctorate in Policy Studies from The George Washington University.