Chief Executive Officer
Lev Gonick is DigitalC’s CEO and visionary, charting the course to civic tech collaboration through technology leadership, data-driven solutions, and place-based activation.
Lev was a co-founder (in 2003) and CEO (2013-present) of OneCommunity, the award-winning organization enabling innovation, collaboration and productivity through next generation broadband networks.
From 2001 to 2013, Lev was Chief Information Officer at Case Western Reserve University, where he and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next generation network projects, and organizational development. Lev's innovations, including the Case Connection Zone, catalyzed national initiatives such as US Ignite, launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Planning, and Gig.U, an effort of more than two dozen research universities to drive a broadband upgrade for America.
Inside Business magazine named Lev to its Power 100 list in 2015, and Government Technology recognized Lev as one of the "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation" in 2011. That same year, Crain's Cleveland Business named Gonick one of its "10 Difference Makers" in Northeast Ohio, and Broadband Properties honored him with a Cornerstone Award for "using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals." In 2010, he was honored as "Visionary of the Year" by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Lev has been recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier 100 IT leader and by CIO magazine with a CIO 100 Award.