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The team at Alley Interactive is proud to announce that Tom Harrigan has been promoted to Partner and Vice President of Strategic Technology.
In his new role, Tom will drive Alley’s exploration into new mediums such as voice, chat bots, and other emerging publishing trends. Tom also leads development teams for Alley clients including Time Inc. and The Players’ Tribune. Over the past year, Tom directed launches for People.com, PeopleEnEspanol.com, and EW.com, among other sites.
During his time at Alley, Tom has played an instrumental role in creating new business opportunities and recruiting team members. In fact, Tom is directly responsible for 10% of Alley’s current team!
Tom also speaks frequently at conferences and meetups around the country. In 2016 he participated in the first SNDExp event on increasing signals of trustworthiness in the news and this past month was part of a follow-up fact checking summit in Washington D.C. Tom has presented at WordCamps in Orlando, Columbus, Raleigh, Asheville, Saratoga Springs, Buffalo, and New York City. Tom is also an organizer at both WordCamp New York and the WordPress NYC Meetup. In addition, Tom is a WordPress core contributor. This past winter, his project connecting WordPress to Amazon’s Alexa was named a finalist in the AWS re:Invent Alexa Skill Contest.
Tom is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in Computer Science. He is based in New York City.
Alley Interactive is the digital team for publishers. Founded in 2010 by Austin Smith and Matt Johnson, Alley focuses on finding open-source solutions to complex publishing challenges for major media companies and nonprofit organizations. Tom, along with Vice President of Information Services Jeff Stanger, joins existing partners CEO Austin Smith, CTO Matt Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer Brad Campeau-Laurion, Chief Software Architect Matt Boynes, and Vice President of People and Process Bridget McNulty.