Who We Are

Code for America was founded in 2009 by Jennifer Pahlka with the intent to reinvigorate local government using the people and power of the web. We believe that government innovators, tech-savvy citizens, and civic tech startups, can help us build governments that are by the people, for the people, that work in the 21st Century.

Our team is made up of web geeks, city experts, and technology industry leaders, who are dedicated to improving their communities. We’re looking for creative, collaborative people to help.

Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Pahlka

    Jennifer Pahlka is the founder of Code for America and currently serves as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards...

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  • John Lilly

    John Lilly is a partner at Greylock Partners with a focus on consumer Internet and enterprise software. Prior to Greylock, John was CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, an open source Web browser used by more than 400 million people. John also co-founded Reactivity, an enterprise security…

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  • Stacy Donohue

    Stacy Donohue is a Director of Investments at the Omidyar Network. She brings broad technology, strategy, and financial expertise to Omidyar Network’s Media, Markets & Transparency initiative, managing investments in Government Transparency across the United States and Latin America. In this role,…

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  • Eric Ries

    Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business, published by Crown Business. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups, and has consulted…

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  • Nigel Jacob

    Nigel Jacob is the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics for the City of Boston. With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics – a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall.…

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  • Tim O'Reilly

    Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media Inc. Considered by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, O’Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata: The Business of Data, the Velocity Conference on…

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  • Shona Brown

    Shona Brown joined the executive team of Google in 2003 and was responsible for building both the People Operations and Business Operations groups. In 2011, she took on the role leading all of Google’s technology for social impact efforts and in January of 2013 she became a Googler Emeritus and moved…

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    • Damian Thorman

      Emeritus

      Damian Thorman is the Knight Foundation’s National Program director where he helps supports innovative ideas and leadership with the potential to drive transformative change nationally and in Knight’s resident communities. He helps develop new grant opportunities at a national level that target systemic…

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    • Andrew Greenhill

      Emeritus

      Andrew Greenhill is the Mayor’s Chief of Staff for the City of Tucson. He has worked extensively on wide-ranging issues facing Tucson and Southern Arizona such as water, transportation, environmental sustainability, urban planning, economic development and local government reform. Andrew’s strong…

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    • Andrew McLaughlin

      Emeritus

      Andrew McLaughlin is chairman of the board of Access, a member of the boards of directors of Chartbeat, the Sunlight Foundation, and Public Knowledge, and a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation. From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama‘s senior White House staff,…

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    • Leonard Lin

      Emeritus

      Leonard Lin is a technologist specializing in the social web and a happy dilettante in hardware hacking, data visualization, participatory politics and other such geekery. He co-founded Upcoming.org (acquired by Yahoo! in 2005), and subsequently ran Yahoo!’s Hack Day program. Most recently, he worked…

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    Staff

    • Bob Sofman

      Co-Executive Director

      Bob Sofman has had a diverse career – from counseling adolescents early in his career to holding executive positions in both large companies and startups. During the 10 years Bob spent at ATT, he held a variety of positions, including running ATT’s International Inbound business.…

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    • Meghan Reilly

      CFO & COO

      Meghan Reilly joined Code for America in August, 2010. After graduating from the University of Colorado she moved out West to join The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco team. She participated in their rigorous training program and spent four years learning the hospitality industry. She then moved…

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    • Michal Migurski

      CTO

      Michal Migurski joined Code For America in 2013. Previous to CfA, Michal spent nine years as a partner and technology director at celebrated San Francisco design studio Stamen where he architected the technical aspects of Stamen’s work, moving comfortably from active participation in Stamen’s…

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    • Ron Bouganim

      Program Director, Accelerator

      Ron is a serial entrepreneur in the telecommunications and consumer Internet sectors, having co-founded or been a member of the senior management of startups including CCI (sold to British Telecom), Trymedia (sold to Macrovision), Razz and branchnext. Ron has a deep understanding of how...

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    • Lauren Reid

      Senior Public Affairs Manager

      Lauren Reid is a ardent servant of democracy-in-action whether it be on strike lines or online. She hosts a solid background in non-profit communications and has worked on various local and national campaigns blending new and traditional mediums. Prior to joining Code…

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    • Jack Madans

      Government Partnerships Manager

      Jack’s work with CfA’s government partners ranges broadly from innovation policy and open data efforts to change management and community organizing. He cut his teeth as a community organizer early on when he founded the pilot project, FoodCycle, while…

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    • Michael Santus

      Office Manager

      Michael Santus joined Code for America in December 2011. Originally from Philadelphia, PA he wanted to escape the harsh weather and tame the Wild West. In February 1995 he shipped his car and bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. He began his diverse service-oriented career almost...

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    • Ashley Meyers

      Development & Engagement Manager

      Ashley Meyers comes to Code for America with a background in politics and government. She caught the campaign bug in Chicago on a U.S. Senate race, did a stint on the Hill, and has since worked in a variety of roles, most recently serving as the Finance Director on…

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    • Lauren Dyson

      Content Manager

      Lauren Dyson got involved with Code for America as a communications intern in 2010, and joined the team full-time in 2012. She brings a range of experience in the Gov 2.0 space, having previously served as a 2010 Google Policy Fellow working with the Internet Education Foundation…

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    • Alex Tran

      Program Manager, Fellowship

      Alex Tran is a city advocate working at the intersections of technology and public service. Most recently he developed digital literacy trainings for leading Bay Area nonprofits, philanthropies and social enterprises at ZeroDivide. An alumni of the Coro Fellowship in Public…

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    • Hannah Young

      Program Manager, Brigade

      Hannah Young joined Code for America in December 2012. Before moving to San Francisco and getting bit by the startup bug, she worked in Wisconsin newsrooms, the U.S. House of Representatives, and on numerous political campaigns...

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    • Hadley Dynak

      Institutional Partnerships Manager

      Hadley Dynak brings extensive experience in local government and non-profit operations to her work with Code for America. She began her career with the Chicago Department of Public Health, and for the 10+ years prior to joining CfA she worked as a consultant for numerous service and policy organizations…

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    • Cyd Harrell

      UX Evangelist

      Cyd Harrell is a highly versatile and collaborative user experience expert with 12+ years of success improving online and software products. As CfA’s UX evangelist she works with fellows and staff to ensure we’re creating inventive and cost-effective solutions to serve the needs of…

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    • Catherine Bracy

      Director of Community Organizing

      Until November 2012, Catherine was a product manager and director of the Obama campaign’s technology field office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. In that role she was responsible for organizing technologists to volunteer…

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    • Preston Rhea

      Program Coordinator, Brigade

      Preston joined Code for America in March of 2014. Preston moved to San Francisco from Washington, DC and a Field Analyst role at the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, where he worked with marginalized communities in Detroit, Brooklyn, and DC to train people...

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    • Dharmishta Rood

      Accelerator Program Manager

      Dharmishta Rood believes that technology has the capacity to facilitate positive change in the world. Before joining Code for America, she was a Fellow in Psychology at Harvard, a Fellow at MITMedia Lab’s Center for Civic Media, wrote cases, industry reports and researched…

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    • Matt Boitano

      Development Assistant

      Matt Boitano is a Bay Area native with a passion for civic engagement in tech and making government run more efficiently. Previously, he wore multiple hats at Oakland Local, providing support for its Development department while spearheading Outreach for its Hack the Hood program.…

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    • Greg Johns

      Finance Manager

      Greg Johns has worked in a wide range of industries over the course of his career. He began his career in the New York City area where he worked at an one of the first companies to offer online brokerage services and extended his career into investment research working at Smith Barney,…

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    • Erica Kwan

      Senior Engineer

      Erica Kwan joined Code For America in 2013. Before CfA, Erica was an early engineer at Square, where she helped build out Square’s original core infrastructure and several internal applications. At CfA, Erica sustains and maintains applications created by fellows and develops tools…

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    • Luke Norris

      Director of Government Relations

      Luke Norris has 12 years of experience in executing growth strategies for start-ups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies through leading direct sales and innovation teams, as well as structuring strategic partnerships. Luke is a Denver native who lives...

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    • Nicole Neditch

      Fellowship Director

      Prior to joining Code for America, Nicole worked for the City of Oakland in the Office of the City Administrator. There, she helped launch initiatives related to open government, online engagement, service design and public participation. She launched an Open Data…

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    • Carolina Yu

      Executive Assistant

      Carolina joined Code for America in 2013. Originally from New York, she moved to the Bay Area after graduating from Boston University with a degree in psychology. Her diverse career spans from working in the non-profit sector to healthcare and retail operations. In her spare time, one will catch her volunteering...

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    • Greg Kerwin

      Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer

      Greg brings 20 years of business development, marketing and product management experience to Code for America. He was recently at UBM where he developed leading global events and digital media products, including collaborating with O’Reilly Media on the successful Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events and GTEC...

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    • Lynn Fine

      International Programs Manager

      Lynn is a native San Franciscan who brings a wealth of international experience to CfA. After graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a major in International Development, she went on to work in six countries in Latin America and then in India, resolving policy challenges and managing youth leadership projects...

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    • Andrew Hyder

      Developer Relations Engineer

      Andrew Hyder is a civic hacker who enjoys making apps and maps. He is the developer relations engineer at Code for America where he travels the world helping volunteers build useful technology for their cities. As a 2013 CfA Fellow in Kansas City…

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    • Frances Berriman

      Senior Design & Front-end Engineer

      Frances Berriman is a British developer who relocated from London to San Francisco in the summer of 2013, joining Code for America in January 2014. She previously worked as the front-end lead for GOV.UK

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    • Matthew Loveless

      Data & Analytics Manager

      Matthew Loveless joined Code for America in 2014. Before CfA, Matthew worked on data integration and management at the U.S. Department of Energy, the Democratic National Committee, and Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign...

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    • Garrett Jacobs

      Program Coordinator, Peer Network

      Garrett moved to New Orleans three days before Hurricane Katrina. The move and ensuing activity paved a formative path for his civic engagement. Beginning with the basics of leading design/build community projects Garrett quickly learned the value of community ownership as a pathway to sustainability.

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