Mission

I work on projects that re-imagine roles and institutions by bringing people and knowledge together. I believe in participation, sharing, collaboration, transparency, and experimentation.

About Me

I am the CEO/Co-Founder of Civic Insight, a civic tech startup focused on making municipal property information available to the public in real-time. I have 10 years of experience bringing innovative thinking to civic institutions. Previously, I was a 2012 Code for America fellow and co-creator of BlightStatus for the City of New Orleans.

Before Code for America, I built Digress.it, an online community and open-source project that allows for paragraph-by-paragraph commenting on complex texts. Digress.it is now used by universities, governments and libraries across the country. I also worked with Cornell University to build RegulationRoom.org, a project that was chosen by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as its open-government flagship initiative and received a Leading Practices Award by the White House.

I also currently serve as Vice-Chair in the City of Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission and the co-founder and Director of Technology for OpenOakland, a non-profit that works closely with Oakland’s City Hall promote civic innovation and open government.

My Work


Highlights

2012

  • Mentor: Google Summer of Code
  • Participant / Presentor: Personal Democracy Forum: Applied Conference in New York Won 2nd place in Hackthon
  • Organizer: City Camp - Un-Conference in Oakland City Hall
  • Organizer: Code:NOLA - Hackathon in New Orleans
  • Organizer: Code for Oakland - Hackathon in Oakland
  • Speaker: OakX - The Data-Driven City
  • Radio Interview: Turnstyle - Reducing Blight in New Orleans
  • Collabator: Youth Radio - Worked with Youth Radio to launch Forage City
  • Speaker: Code for America Summit - Announcing BlightStatus
  • Participant: Knight News Challenge Winners

2013

2014