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for Governments

Code for America partners with 8-10 local governments each year to develop innovative digital approaches to delivering key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice.

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for Technologists

Each year we invite 24-30 experienced technologists who want to apply their skills for the public good into the fellowship program. The fellows enter a year-long partnership with a local government to develop digital tools that help governments deliver key services.

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Code for America helped the City of Mesa increase the city’s capacity to approach tough issues and find ways to better engage and serve residents. CfA has helped prove that lean, iterative, data-driven approaches to building technology and user-centered design can make government work better.

MAYOR SCOTT SMITH, MESA, AZ

Our Approach

The Fellowship program sends teams of experienced technologists into local governments across the country to work full-time for a year in partnership with government officials. The fellows apply 21st Century Government Practices to important problems.

Over the course of the project period, the fellows immerse themselves in the community, researching user needs, meeting with stakeholders, proposing solutions, and collaborating with the government to build technology using an iterative, user-centered, and data-driven approach.

While the product of the Fellowship is typically an early stage application that improves the delivery of a government service or function, the process acts as a vehicle for driving cultural and structural change inside of government — encouraging innovation, improving tolerance for risk, and increasing the organizations capacity for transparency and engagement.

Each year Code for America selects 8-10 local government partners from across the country and 24-30 fellows for the program through a competitive application process. Our work is focused in 3 key areas:

Where we focus

Code for America applies 21st Century Government Practices to redesigning core government services in health, economic development, safety and justice, and communications and engagement.

  • Health & Human Services

    Improving the access and usability of services that have a deep impact on a community’s health.

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  • Economic Development

    Fostering inclusive economic growth by streamlining interactions between governments and businesses.

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  • Safety & Justice

    Creating justice systems that are safe, fair, and effective.

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  • Communication & Engagement

    Improving government communications with residents, while developing ways to encourage productive participation.

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2016 Government Partners

Get to know more about the 2016 governments, communities, and the projects we’re working on together. Want to become a partner? Learn more.

2016 Fellows

Meet the 18 fellows who will use their skills for public good in 2016. This year's fellows are taking leave from tech companies, start-ups, and their own businesses to help make government work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. Want to join next year? Become a fellow.

  • Georgia Andrews

    New Orleans Team

    Georgia is a software engineer, Women Who Code San Francisco city director, and dedicated long-distance bike commuter. She spent the last four years building and tuning core applications for insurance...

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  • Amulya Aradhyula

    New York City Team

    Amulya is a user experience designer. She is passionate about making the world an easier place to navigate through design. Prior to Code for America, Amulya worked on bringing good design to the enter...

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  • Kevin Berry

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Kevin is a full stack engineer who is passionate about making technology education more accessible. He has mentored Bay Area youth in coding and technology through community outreach programs. He also...

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  • Kuan Butts

    Salt Lake County Team

    Kuan is a software developer who loves engineering transit and urban planning tools. Previously, Kuan worked on transit mapping and scenario modeling projects with the MIT Media Lab and the Singapore-...

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  • Stephanie Cain

    New Orleans Team

    Stephanie is a web designer originally from Denver, Colorado. She is passionate about the DIY movement, particularly as it applies to code and online shared resources. Prior to her work with Code for ...

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  • Pascal Carole

    New Orleans Team

    Pascal is a developer originally from Martinique. He spent his early career at Microsoft both as an engineer and a product manager. Most recently, Pascal led the engineering team at Do.com as the comp...

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  • Jessica Cole

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Jessica is a builder and a civic organizer. She believes that technology, at its best, creates neighborhoods out of people. Most recently, she served as Director of Outreach at Panorama Education to b...

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  • Rachel Edelman

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Rachel is a product designer from New York. After earning a degree in graphic design, she joined BuzzFeed, where she cultivated interests in online communities and usability. Other interests include c...

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  • Meredith Hitchcock

    Seattle Team

    Meredith is a user experience researcher and designer. Most recently, she worked on publisher support and internal tools for Google Play Newsstand. She holds a BA in Literature from Yale and a Masters...

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  • Keith Kurson

    New York City Team

    Keith is a web developer and social game creator from San Francisco. Originally from North Carolina, Keith is excited to join CfA and help government work at its full potential by using technology. Wh...

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  • Patrick McDonnell

    Long Beach Team

    Patrick is an urbanist, designer, and strategist. A proud University of Michigan grad, he uses his background in urban planning and higher education to shape cities forward and make urbanism accessibl...

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  • Katherine Nammacher

    Seattle Team

    Katherine is an independent consultant in UX research, project management, and marketing. She has worked in the arts and civic tech with Microsoft, the Exploratorium, and the Oakland Museum of Califor...

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  • Ben Peterson

    Salt Lake County Team

    Ben Peterson is a designer, researcher and educator who is passionate about improving access to information and services through design. Prior to Code for America, he led and contributed to social inn...

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  • Lisa Ratner

    Long Beach Team

    Lisa is a Urban Planning focused User Experience Designer. Most recently, she designed for RideScout, a transportation technology company that builds mobility tools. She has received a liberal arts ed...

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  • Mark Rossetti

    Long Beach Team

    Mark is a software engineer from San Jose, CA with an interest in making the world run a little more positively and efficiently. When time allows, he enjoys spending his time on music, rock climbing, ...

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  • Mike Rossetti

    Salt Lake County Team

    Mike is a civic technologist from Branford, Connecticut. He has prior experience as a business school professor, agile software engineer, political data analyst, and government technology consultant. ...

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  • Charlie Weems

    New York City Team

    Charlie is a front-end developer who is passionate about using technology for social justice and economic opportunity. He has previously worked for USAID in Tanzania, as well as at TechChange, where h...

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  • Grayson Wright

    Seattle Team

    Grayson is a design-minded full stack developer who loves solving human problems. During his time at thoughtbot, and previously as an independent freelancer, he's helped dozens of startups and establi...

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Meet our Previous Fellows

Our Work

RecordTrac

RecordTrac makes public records requests friendlier for the public and easier for governments to manage.

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BlightStatus

BlightStatus offers residents up-to-date information on the status of underutilized properties in their community.

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CourtBot

CourtBot is a texting app that allows residents to pay traffic tickets or get reminders about their court dates.

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Work with us

Get in touch to learn more.

Reach out to us to discuss the fellowship program and how to bring the fellows to your government. Contact SaraT Mayer, Interim Chief Outcomes Officer, by email at stmayer[at]codeforamerica.org.

Enlist the Fellows

Designer, Developer or Data Scientist? Apply to be a Fellow.

Fellows have inspired creativity, collaboration, and new approaches to problem solving in local governments across the country. We invite you to join our cause and apply.

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