We've put together a lineup of more than 200 speakers from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. They're excited to share what's working, what's not, and what they're learning along the way. 

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Robin Carnahan

Director State and Local Practice

Robin Carnahan leads 18F's State and Local Government Practice. She is a businesswoman, lawyer and former Missouri Secretary of State. Her life-long passion for improving how people experience and value their government inspires her work helping state and local governments get the digital tools they need to deliver services to people that are better, faster and cheaper. 

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Mayor Libby Schaaf

City of Oakland

Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated Oakland, California’s 50th mayor on January 5, 2015. A native Oaklander, Mayor Schaaf previously served one term as a member of the Oakland City Council.

She is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers. Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, sustainable vibrant infrastructure, equitable jobs and housing and responsive trustworthy government.

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Zakiya Harris

Chief Education Officer
Hack the Hood

Zakiya Harris is a Cultural Architect, Artist and Educator working at the intersections of entrepreneurship, 21st century education and creative transformation.

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Tony Scott

U.S. Chief Information Officer
The White House

Appointed by President Obama on February 5th, 2015, Tony Scott is the U.S. Chief Information Officer. Prior to Tony’s appointment, Tony led the global information technology group at VMware Inc.

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Alvand Salehi

Senior Technology Advisor
White House Office of the Federal CIO

Alvand Salehi is a Senior Technology Advisor in the White House Office of the Federal CIO. He led the development of the Federal Source Code Policy, which improves nationwide access to the federal government’s custom-developed software.

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Andrew Turner

Director and CTO
Esri R and D Center

Andrew Turner is the Director and CTO of the Esri R&D Center in Washington, DC developing new technology for open data sharing and geospatial web collaboration. His work enables over 5,000 governments to provide public digital infrastructure for citizen and community engagement. This includes global organizations such as World Resources Institute, World Bank, and NOAA, to Department of Homeland Security and many counties, cities, provinces, and local government.

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Kristian Lum

Lead Statistician

Kristian’s research focus has been on furthering the statistical methodology most commonly used by HRDAG—population estimation or multiple systems estimation—with a particular emphasis on Bayesian methods and model averaging. She is the primary author of the dga package, open source software for population estimation for the R computing environment.  

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Rebecca Rhynhart

Chief Administrative Officer
City of Philadelphia

Rebecca Rhynhart was appointed Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Philadelphia in January 2016. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is a cabinet-level position created by Mayor Kenney in order to bring innovation to key enabling functions of city government. Departments and functions reporting to the Office of the CAO include Procurement, Public Property, Office of Innovation and Technology, Fleet, Records, Contracting, Performance Management, HR & Talent, and Open Data and Digital Transformation.

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Cristine DeBerry

Chief of Staff for SF District Attorney George Gascon
San Francisco District Attorney

Cristine Soto DeBerry is Chief of Staff for San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. She has assisted the District Attorney with his efforts to increase public safety without increasing the jail population. The office has implemented numerous policy changes and programs to achieve this goal. A few of the most important are: DA Stat, Neighborhood Courts, Sentencing Planners and Young Adult Court. DA Gascon was instrumental in the crafting and passage of Propositions 36 and 47 in California which reformed the three strikes law and reduced punishments for personal drug possession and low level theft offenses.

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Tiffany Houston Wilkinson

Division Manager in Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness
City of Kansas City, Missouri

Tiffany is the Division Manager in Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness. She supervises both clinical and investigative functions within the division including immunizations. She was appointed as a local health department representative to assist the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services with the functional requirements for the development of the State’s Immunization Registry, ShoMeVax.

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Kim McCoy Wade

Chief of the CalFresh Branch
California Department of Social Services

Kim McCoy Wade was appointed by Governor Brown to be Chief of the CalFresh Branch at the California Department of Social Services in August 2015. She is responsible for the largest CalFresh (also known as SNAP) program in the country, providing 4.4 million Californians with food assistance each month, as well as the SNAP Outreach, Nutrition Education and Employment & Training programs.

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Kate Lydon

Public Sector Portfolio Director

Kate Lydon focuses on client relationships and content excellence across a portfolio focused on citizen impact and government organizations. With a background in brand strategy, creative direction and architecture, Kate guides cross-disciplinary teams and clients towards visionary, innovative, human-centered solutions. She has a proven talent for reframing complex, systems challenges and developing strategy that is both meaningful and tangible.


6. Bringing user-centered practices into government

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Elizabeth Mitchell

Director of Performance and Accountability
Salt Lake County

Beth joined Mayor McAdams' team in January 2015, focused primarily in the areas of data, innovation and performance. She spearheads the Mayor's MetroStat performance management program, in addition to planning, implementing and tracking critical projects and partnerships associated with the mayor’s innovation initiatives.

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Kate Glazebrook

Co-Founder and Head of Insight

Kate Glazebrook is co-founder and Head of Insight at Applied, the Behavioral Insights Team’s first tech venture. Applied is a web platform that uses the best behavioral research to help organizations find the best person for the job regardless of their background. Put simply, we aim to make hiring smart, fair, and easy. We also care about being able to prove impact, so we publish the results of our experiments and research that inform our product design.

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John Keisler

Innovation Team Director
City of Long Beach

John Keisler is the Innovation Team Director for the City of Long Beach. The Innovation Team (i-team) was launched in May of 2015 and extends the City's capacity to rapidly advance research and development of solutions through a bold, data-driven, and transparent approach to innovation. Comprised of eight full-time staff, the i-team is generously supported by a three-year, $3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. The i-team is currently focused on identifying how the City can make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and grow their business in the City of Long Beach.

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Jenny Lay-Flurrie

Chief Accessibility Officer

Jenny Lay-Flurrie has a passion to see people of all abilities reach their full potential. Jenny is Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft leading our efforts to drive great products, services and websites that empower people and organizations to achieve more. Her team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world and the lives of individuals from how we hire and support people with disabilities in employment to innovative technology that aims to revolutionize ‘what’s possible’ for people with disabilities.

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Mollie Ruskin

Designer and Founding Member
United States Digital Service

Mollie is a designer and founding member of the United States Digital Service, where she uses the tools of design to radically improve the way our government works for the American people.

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Reid Hoffman

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LinkedIn
Partner at Greylock Partners

An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses.

In 2003 Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 450 million members around the world.

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Kiran Jain

Chief Resilience Officer
City of Oakland

Kiran Jain is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland. She has experience in both the public and private sectors working on urban innovation and community development. Ms. Jain served as Chief Strategy Officer for Neighborly, a venture-backed company modernizing public finance to build the infrastructure people rely on to work, live, and play.

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Lauren Lockwood

Chief Digital Officer
City of Boston

Lauren Lockwood is the Chief Digital Officer for the City of Boston, focused on digital communication, engagement, and service delivery.

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Virginia Hamilton

Regional Administrator for the Employment and Training Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Virginia serves as the Regional Administrator for the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor. The Region covers 8 Western states, including Hawaii and Alaska, and 4 territories in the Pacific. Her office oversees the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Job Service, Unemployment Insurance, Trade Act, and discretionary grants such as the TAACCCT, Youth Build, Ex-Offender, and National Emergency Grants.

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V. David Zvenyach

Director of Acquisition Management
18f Consulting

V. David Zvenyach is the Director of Acquisition Management for 18F Consulting. Dave is focused on ways to improve the ways the government purchases digital services. “Historically, the government has not been a particularly good purchaser or provider of digital services," Dave says. "It has led to bad websites, needless expense for taxpayers, unhappy government employees, and vendors who bear high risks while working with the government. My goal is to help the government buy better, through time-tested techniques, best practices, and a little innovation."


1. How to write RFPs for tech projects that work

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Rachel Coldicutt


Rachel Coldicutt is Director of Products and Services at Doteveryone, a UK charity working to solve the digital deficit. She has spent the last 20 years helping organizations adapt to the digital world. 

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Dr. DJ Patil

Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy.
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

DJ advises on policies and practices to maintain U.S. leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the Nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public.

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Kathryn Kuhn

Director - Services, Agile Business Unit
CA Technologies

Kathryn is a Services Director in the CA Technologies Agile Business Unit. In her role she works with teams all over the world—from small research teams working on Horizon 3 product inventions to large-scale product development teams—helping them see how to develop products more nimbly and with more resilience.


3. Intro to agile for government

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Laura Melle

Senior Procurement Lead
City of Boston, Department of Innovation and Technology

Laura Melle is the Senior Procurement Lead for the City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology. She works with teams across the City to articulate the challenges faced by Bostonians and find the best partners to help solve them using technology.

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David Huebner

Director of Talent
Code for America

David is the Director of Talent at Code for America helping governments hire and retain great people. Previously, David worked at Google as a manager on a strategy, analytics and effectiveness team focused on data-driven approaches to improve how the company hires and retains talent.


4. Recruiting and retaining technical talent

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Andrew Nicklin

Open Data Director
Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University

Andrew Nicklin is the Open Data Director at the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. 


10. Running a successful open data program

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Beth Blauer

Executive Director
Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University

Beth Blauer is one of the nation’s leading experts on government performance programs. In March 2015, she was tapped to lead the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. As GovEx’s first Executive Director, Blauer and her team help governments make decisions and create policies rooted in evidence, transparent accountability, and citizen engagement.


2. Using data and analytics to measure program success

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Ben Hecht

President and CEO
Living Cities

Mr. Hecht was appointed President & CEO of Living Cities in July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity.

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Tom Loosemore

UK Government Digital Services (GDS)

In 2010 Tom co-founded the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), and served as its deputy director until late 2015. 

GDS was established to make sure that the UK government offers world-class digital services that meet people’s needs. GDS is now recognized as a world-leader in digital transformation, and has been cited as a model by the US, Australian and Singapore governments who have since established their own digital departments. 


9. From insurgency to the new normal

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Susan Clark

Founder and Director
Common Knowledge

Susan Stuart Clark has over 25 years of experience in social and consumer marketing, as well as pioneering work in “community-driven design.”


5. The next generation of community engagement

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Cecilia Muñoz

Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
White House

Cecilia Muñoz coordinates the domestic policy-making process in the White House.

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Marina Martin

Chief Technology Officer
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Marina is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was formerly Senior Advisor to US CTO Todd Park, with a portfolio focusing on both the VA and liberating government data to fuel innovation, create jobs, and improve the lives of everyday Americans. 

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Marybel Batjer

California Government Operations Agency

Secretary Batjer was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to serve as the first-ever Secretary of CalGovOps, an agency established as part of Brown’s comprehensive overhaul of state government responsible for administering state operations including procurement, real estate, information technology, and human resources.

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Simon Wardley

Leading Edge Forum

Simon is a UK-based researcher for the Leading Edge Forum. Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies.


7. Developing your digital strategy: Value mapping government technology

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Meghan Casey

Content Strategist
Brain Traffic

Meghan helps a wide variety of clients—startups, nonprofits, colleges and universities, Fortune 50 companies, and everything in between—solve the messy content problems most organizations encounter every day.


8. Why your site needs a content strategy

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Mai-Ling Garcia

Online Engagement Manager
City of Oakland

Mai-Ling serves as the City of Oakland’s Online Engagement Manager where she works to innovate and untangle complex government processes and support the City in presenting community issues and services in a digestible way. She oversees a key City initiative ‘Digital Front Door’ which is reinventing the way American cities provide digital services to their constituencies in partnership with Code for America. 

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Jazmyn Latimer

Designer, Safety and Justice
Code for America

Jazmyn, a researcher and user experience designer, is interested in combining social science to solve problems and enhance lives through ...

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Maryann Kongovi

Chief Operating Officer
Code for America

Maryann Kongovi is Chief Operating Officer at Code for America. Prior to joining the organization, she ran Google۪'s Independent Full Service...

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Nicole Neditch

Senior Director of Community Engagement
Code for America

Nicole Neditch brings her experience working in local government, digital technology, and community development to Code for America, where ...

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Efrem Bycer

Director of Economic Development
Code for America

Efrem leads Code for America۪'s efforts to help governments better leverage open data and civic technology to support their economic ...

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Georgia Andrews

2016 Fellow
Code for America

Georgia is a software engineer, Women Who Code San Francisco city director, and dedicated long-distance bike commuter. She spent the last ...

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Kuan Butts

2016 Fellow
Code for America

Kuan is a software developer who loves engineering transit and urban planning tools. Previously, Kuan worked on transit mapping and scenario...

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Jessica Cole

2016 Fellow
Code for America

Jessica is a builder and a civic organizer. She believes that technology, at its best, creates neighborhoods out of people. Most recently, ...

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Meredith Hitchcock

2016 Fellow
Code for America

Meredith is a user experience researcher and designer. Most recently, she worked on publisher support and internal tools for Google Play ...

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Mark Rossetti

2016 Fellow
Code for America

Mark is a software engineer from San Jose, California, with an interest in making the world run a little more positively and efficiently. When time ...

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Tiffany Andrews

Product Manager, Safety and Justice
Code for America

Tiffany has 10 years of experience in politics and government administration and is a budding junior front-end developer. 

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Jenny Montoya Tansey

Director of Safety and Justice
Code for America

Jenny leads CfA's public safety and criminal justice related work. She previously supported California counties on jail population management, pretrial programs, and access to health coverage and treatment at Californians for Safety and Justice. 

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Tim OReilly

Board Member
Code for America

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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Stacy Donohue

Board Member
Code for America

Stacy Donohue is a Investment Partner 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...

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Jennifer Pahlka

Founder and Executive Director
Code for America

Jennifer is founder and executive director of Code for America. She recently served as U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House, where she helped found the United States Digital Service.

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Amulya Aradhyula

2016 Fellow
Code for America

Amulya is a user experience designer.

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ST Mayer

Senior Director of Healthy Communities
Code for America

ST leads the Healthy Communities focus area, and works with government partners to help them bring user-centered, data-driven, digital services into their business operations.

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Alan Williams

User Experience Designer
Code for America

Alan is the user experience designer on the Healthy Communities team, making sure the needs of CalFresh clients are well understood, and that the team’s services are used with ease.

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