Board Members

We would like to introduce you to the committed group of individuals that provide strategic guidance and oversight as acting Civic board members.

  • Vinny Lingham

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Vinny is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded the digital gift card platform, Gyft, which was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2014. After over a decade of experience in e-commerce, he realized that no-one had a universal solution to tackle identity fraud for consumers.

  • Jonathan Smith

    Co-Founder & CTO

    Jonathan has more than 15 years of experience in banking and technology advisory. After a successful career in some of the most complex and security-sensitive environments, Jonathan brings his talent for technology leadership, innovation, and delivery to the world of digital identity.

  • Gary Benitt

    Managing Director, Social Leverage

    Gary is a seasoned serial entrepreneur, having been a part of four founding teams in both consumer and B2B companies over the past 18 years. Most recently, he spent 3 years as COO of after his company, Assistly, was acquired in 2011 by Previously, Gary was with AOL after his company, Goowy Media, was acquired in early 2008. Gary has been an active investor in early-stage companies since 2011, with over 20 investments including Classy, Getaround, Gusto, Gyft and Stitch Labs. uses cookies for analytics and functionality purposes. To find out more, please read our Privacy Policy. If you continue browsing our website or close this banner, you accept these cookies.