For the 2020 Community Fellowship, Team Santa Barbara County knew they wanted to bring on individuals with project-related lived experience and partner them with their local government to more effectively address inequities in service delivery. The team is working with the County of Santa Barbara Public Defender, exploring how to make supportive programs and resources accessible to justice-impacted residents, to improve the quality of their lives and reduce recidivism.
Jeanmarie Levy is product designer who is passionate about research, holistic design practices, and advocating for the user. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she quickly grew passionate about service after attending UC Santa Barbara studying Politics and Educational Policy. While serving as a Higher Education Administrator, she obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in Organizational Leadership. She has spent the last six years designing programs and learning experiences for marginalized communities in the nonprofit sector, and currently resides in Santa Barbara. Jeanmarie is honored to serve as a Code For America Community Fellow to advocate for the justice-impacted community.
The Code for America Community Fellowship
Code for America’s Community Fellowship pairs local talent from our Brigade Network with city governments to improve services for vulnerable people they serve.
It bridges the talent gap in the tech and public service sectors by giving government staff the experience of working with technologists, and technologists the experience of working in government jobs.
The Fellowship ultimately strengthens the relationship between local Network leaders and their governments—to create conditions where change can “stick” and help transform government from the inside out.