Enlist the Fellows

The Fellows are expert technologists who apply 21st Century Government Principles to important problems, focused on health, economic development and safety & justice.

Applications to become a 2016 Fellowship government partner are now open and due March 31, 2015. Get caught up on the program and start a conversation with us.

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Code for America fellows enter city hall in Long Beach, Calif., a 2014 fellowship city partner.

Government that works in the 21st Century

Local governments are changing. Forward-thinking municipalities are embracing technology to make our cities better for everyone. Innovative government staff are sharing resources, best practices, and collaborating on common problems. Code for America provides a broad range of resources, programs and services to support and advance civic innovation.

The Fellowship

Each year, Code for America gathers a select group of the brightest developers and designers to work with local governments across the country, applying innovative problem solving approaches while tackling local issues. Fellows have partnered with cities to build apps addressing issues such as criminal justice, economic development and public health.

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Peer Network

Code for America’s national network of government innovators connects public employees across the country with civic tech best practices, topical webinars and opportunities for mutual support and collaboration. Network members are working from all levels of municipal governments to advance 21st century solutions to local challenges.

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The Brigades

Local governments are stronger when they enlist the help of community volunteers to leverage technology and data to solve local problems. The Code for America Brigade program is an international network of civic hackers who collaborate with local governments, to build participatory power in their cities by holding regular civic hack nights and events.


Resource Library

Access a wide variety of materials on civic technology and innovation, from videos and slide decks to how-to guides and more.


We believe that there are 21st Century principles that governments should embrace to foster a culture of innovative problem-solving and improved collaboration.

2015 Partners

Our 2015 fellows are working with eight cities across the nation. Follow their progress and gain insight into our approach.

Featured Members

  • Susan Christophersen

    Senior Web Administrator, Boulder County Colorado

    Susan (@ceedrive) has more than 15 years of experience in technical project management, planning, and strategy in both non-profit and local government organizations. With a background in information technology, the web, and journalism, Susan communicates with both technical and non-technical users to build connections outside of usual silos.


  • Becki Ames

    Outgoing Chief of Staff, Long Beach Calif.

    Becki (@beckiames) began her career with work on numerous state and national political campaigns before spending nearly a decade as a staffer in the California Legislature. Becki served as the Chief of Staff for Mayor Bob Foster for the past eight years.


  • Joy Bonaguro

    Chief Data Officer, City of San Francisco Cafli.

    Joy (@DataSF) works at the nexus of public policy, analysis, and technology – from open government, health IT, and transportation to cyber security and privacy. She was recently appointed the Chief Data Officer for the City of San Francisco.


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