White House to Honor Two Local Champions of Change

NPP Pressroom

BECKY SWEGER, 413-584-9556,bsweger@nationalpriorities.org 

22 July 2013

Northampton, MA - On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Becky Sweger, National Priorities Project's (NPP) Director of Data and Technology and Molly McLeod, Creative Director at CommunicateHealth, Inc. will be honored at a White House ceremony recognizing the contributions of Open Government and Civic HackingChampions of Change. The ceremony will take place from 10am to noon in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Court Auditorium, White House.

The White House awards Champions of Change honors to Americans who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire individuals and organizations across the nation. The July 23rd event will highlight national leaders in the transformative civic hacking and civic engagement sectors. Following the award ceremony, Sweger and McLeod will speak with White House staff members about their innovative approaches to engage citizens and communities in the practices of open government, civic participation, and civic hacking.

Sweger and McLeod were two of the core organizers of Hack for Western Massachusetts (http://hackforwesternmass.org/), the first hackathon of its kind in the western Massachusetts region. 

As Director of Data and Technology for National Priorities Project, a federal budget research organization, Sweger ensures that all NPP's data and technology assets are leveraged for popular use by constituents across the country. McLeod's efforts at CommunicateHealth, a health communication and education firm, focus on improving health literacy through user-center design, research, and content development.

More information about the White House Champions of Change initiative is available here:http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions


National Priorities Project (NPP) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that makes our complex federal budget transparent and accessible so people can exercise their right and responsibility to influence how their tax dollars are spent. NPP believes the U.S. federal budget will reflect the values and priorities of a majority of Americans when all people have the opportunity and ability to participate in shaping our nation's budget.