New Orleans has joined with Code for America on two fellowships: in 2014 focused on fighting blight and in 2016 working on economic development. 

2016 Fellowship in New Orleans

Code for America worked with the City of New Orleans and the Network for Economic Opportunity, an initiative launched by Mayor Landrieu to reduce inequities and increase economic outcomes across socioeconomic, racial, and geographic lines. We built digital tools that assist employers in finding better-matched candidates, and prepare and connect job seekers to careers.

The fellowship team created two tools, one for employers and one for job seekers. First, we helped employers build inclusive job postings that engage quality candidates with Posting Pro. This tool helps employers improve a job description by focusing on skills required for a job and to eliminate implicit bias in the wording. The revised description should provide job seekers with clarity around what they need to train for and what that job entails.

We also identified how the workforce system can best serve job seekers as they move through services like foundational skills training or career resources. There are many opportunities for a job seeker to fall out of the system or even be deterred to start. Many have mismatched expectations of what services are available or the timeline for actually getting a job. See the journey to get a job, here. To help job seekers navigate the complexities, we built a tool that will help set clear expectations and match them to the right information the first time around via CareerPathNOLA

This fellowship was a partnership among Code for America, the City of New Orleans, and the Markle Foundation, as part of its Skillful initiative, which aims to connect job seekers with the employers and training opportunities needed to engage with the high-growth, well-paying industries of the 21st-century economy.

Local team leads

  • Alex S. Lebow, Director of Strategic Partnerships 
  • Ashleigh Gardere, Sr. Advisor to Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu and Director of The Network for Economic Opportunity
  • Lamar Gardere, Chief Information Office


2012 Fellowship in New Orleans

In 2012, the City of New Orleans partnered with Code for America to create a public record of blighted properties. The City of New Orleans had more than 35,000 derelict and abandoned properties with little information to track their demolition or restoration. Citizens who wanted blight-related information could either spend hours on the phones with City Departments or wade through a series of confusing websites.  

Code for America fellows joined city officials built BlightStatus. Other apps that emerged from the fellowship year include a disaster preparedness program and a tool to sync open datasets to the