The Peer Network is where local government innovators connect to share resources and best practices, and collaborate on common problems. Through regular trainings, discussions, and events civic innovators are empowered to be more effective leaders working together to building a 21st century government from within the walls of city hall.
Through the Peer Network, members have:
- Implemented open data portals, policies, and specifications
- Better engaged with residents through community groups, events, and contests
- Adopted new citizen-centric techniques for designing services
- Experimented with better approaches for procuring technology
Program Contact: gov-staff[at]codeforamerica.org
Applications Development Manager, City of Albuquerque
Mark Leech has driven Albuquerque’s open data initiative, saving the city more than $180,000 in 311 call center costs by releasing often-requested transit datasets.
Chief Data Officer, City of Baltimore
Heather Hudson is the first-ever Chief Data Officer for the City of Baltimore, in charge of implementing big data and predictive analytics processes to allow for more efficient and robust data analysis.
Chief Information Officer, City of Asheville
By demonstrating the economic value of open data, Jonathan Feldman has helped make Asheville (population 85,000) a city nationally recognized as a leader in innovation.
Mentors and Peer Experts
- Alistair Croll, Author, Lean Analytics — lean approaches in government
- Mark Headd, Chief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia — tech procurement
- Susan Crawford, Author, Captive Audience — municipal broadband
- Ben Balter, Government Evangelist, GitHub — government using open source
- Laurenellen Mccann, National Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation — open data policy
- Nick O’Brien, Analytics Unit Chief of Staff, Mayor's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, NYC — civic analytics