Welcoming Sarah Hromack and Jamie Wilkinson to Kickstarter
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Today, I’m excited to announce two new leaders at Kickstarter in newly created roles.
Sarah Hromack joined us six weeks ago as Kickstarter’s first-ever Chief Culture Officer, and Jamie Wilkinson joined us two weeks ago as our first-ever Chief Product Officer. Sarah and Jamie have both built distinguished careers working in service to artists and creators. We continue this journey together working to fulfill our mission to help bring creative projects to life.
Here’s a little more about each of them in their own words:
Sarah Hromack, Chief Culture Officer
Where were you before Kickstarter?
I was the founding director of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Digital Media Department and worked in a design studio on the Bowery called Project Projects. I write about art, design and technology; I also teach in the graduate design program at the Rhode Island School of Design — I really enjoy exchanging ideas with people through writing, publishing, teaching and now, my work with Kickstarter.
What’s your new job all about?
I lead the teams here that engage directly with creators in the outside world, which are truly unique. I’m here to help formalize and expand Kickstarter as a cultural organization that uses technology to help creative projects come to life.
I came to Kickstarter because I am committed to working for the common good in an organization that works in the interest of creators. It is my life’s work. Kickstarter has impacted the lives and practices of many that I hold dear. I even wrote about Kickstarter a few times when the platform first launched, as friends of mine began funding their publishing projects through successful campaigns. It was a very exciting moment!
Jamie Wilkinson, Chief Product Officer
What were you up to before Kickstarter?
I was the co-founder and CEO of VHX, a platform for selling films and TV shows directly to fans. We were acquired by Vimeo last year. Prior to that I helped create Know Your Meme, Star Wars Uncut, F.A.T. Lab and more.
What’s your new job all about?
I’ll be leading our product, engineering, and design teams. We build the platforms and products that help Kickstarter fund creative projects.
It’s only my first week, but I’ve already seen this team’s commitment to technical excellence and human-centric design, a high level of data literacy, a love of open-source software, and tons of other things that make me excited to be here.
I’ve worked on lots of projects that would have benefited from the kind of financial and community support that comes from running a Kickstarter campaign, so I’m looking forward to helping Kickstarter solve more problems and reach more people.
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