In 2012, Code for America launched the Brigade program, enacting 16 local chapters. Today we’re excited to announce the addition of 18 new Brigades supported by 31 new Captains.
These Brigade Captains will work to collaborate with government to build and foster community where they live. Each Brigade has the support of a municipal partner in their local government. Working with this municipal partner and their Brigade, these Captains will help make their communities better using technology.
Their reasons for participating are as diverse as the cities they represent.
For Rebekah Monson of Code for Miami, civic hacking is about keeping citizens and governments engaged with each other and giving both groups better tools for decision making.
“We’re helping government be more efficient, more transparent and more responsive to Miamians, and we’re giving Miamians tools to help them understand, communicate, and act on issues they care about.” — Monson
Nole Walkingshaw of Open Salt Lake City is looking forward to building community and innovative new solutions.
“Working as a city planner I have found it difficult to reach out to new groups. The Brigade is a great way to get more people interested in government and their community. The Brigades develop on the communities terms representing what they feel is important instead of the ‘that is way we have always done it’ or ‘we know what is best’ approach.” — Walkingshaw
Please join us in welcoming these new Brigades and Captains to the family!
The 2013 Brigades:
- Seattle.: Seth Vincent, Will Scott
- Kansas City: Jase Wilson
- South Bend: Beth Harsch, Dan Neumann
- Las Vegas.: Shawn Looker, Ryan Quinn
- Miami: Ernie Hsiung, Rebekah Monson
- Anchorage: Becky Boone, Hans Thompson
- Tulsa: Luke Crouch, John Whitlock
- Minneapolis and St. Paul: Bill Bushey, Alan Palazzolo
- Sacramento: Hailey Pate, Kaleb Clark
- Washington D.C.: Matt Bailey, Justin Grimes
- Salt Lake City: Kris Trujillo, Nole Walkingshaw
- Burlington: Bradley Holt, Jason Pelletier
- Cary*: Robert Campbell, Ian Henshaw
- Durham*: Andrew Krzmarzick, Colin Copeland
- Houston: Bruce Haupt, Jeff Reichman
- Japan: Hal Seki
- Ireland: Ciaran Gilsenan
- Poland: Jakub Górnicki
*Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, N.C. Brigades work locally and collaborate regionally as Triangle Brigade.
The Inaugural Brigades:
- Oakland: Steve Spiker, Eddie A Tejeda
- Raleigh*: Chad Foley, Jason Hibbets, Reid Serozi, Jason Horne
- Philadelphia: Lloyd Emelle, Chris Alfano
- Asheville: Scott Barnwell, Dave Michelson
- Maine: Andrew Jawitz, Emma Burnett
- San Diego: Jeffrey Johnson
- Austin: Chip Rosenthal
- Boston: Harlan Weber
- Detroit: Michael Evans
- Grand Rapids: Jonathan Pichot
- Chicago: Christopher Whitaker
- Lexington: Chase Southard
- Northern Virginia: Michelle Koeth
- Hawaii: Burt Lum, Arthur Grau
- Hampton Roads: Bret Fisher, Kevin Curry
- New York: Noel Hidalgo, Chris M Whong
We look forward to the coming year, and to the big accomplishments we will achieve together.
Questions? Comments? Hit us up @codeforamerica #cfabrigade.