Who We Are

Our team is made up of tech geeks, government experts, and technology industry leaders who are dedicated to improving their communities.

Executive Team

  • Jennifer Pahlka

    Founder and Executive Director

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

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  • Maryann Kongovi

    Maryann Kongovi is Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining CfA, she ran Google’s Independent Full Service Agency business unit in the United States where her responsibilities included strategic planning, sales, product adoption, recruiting and people development...

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  • Meghan Reilly

    Chief Administrative Officer

    Meghan Reilly joined Code for America in August, 2010. After graduating from the University of Colorado she moved out West to join The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco team. She participated in their rigorous training program and spent four years learning the hospitality industry. She then moved…

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  • Alicia Rouault

    Senior Advisor to the Executive Director

    Alicia is a former Code for America fellow and co-founder and CEO of urban planning software, LocalData. Before coming to CfA, Alicia worked in economic development and urban planning…

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Ecosystem & Partnerships Team

  • Monique Baena-Tan

    Monique supports the partnerships and ecosystems team by engaging with all the Brigades across the network. She helps them build a stronger community by connecting them, capturing best practices and providing resources for growth and sustainability. Monique...

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  • Hannah Young

    Program Manager, Brigade

    Hannah Young joined Code for America in December 2012. Before moving to San Francisco and getting bit by the startup bug, she worked in Wisconsin newsrooms, the U.S. House of Representatives, and on numerous political campaigns...

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Practices Team

  • Becca Blazak

    Program Coordinator

    Becca joined Code for America in May 2014. As Programs Coordinator, Becca works across all five of Code for America’s programs, helping to further institutionalize program integration...

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  • Caitlin Docker

    Content and Community Manager

    Caitlin joined Code for America in November 2015 to build and launch a community of practice around specific issues within economic development.

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  • Nicole Neditch

    Senior Director of Community Engagement

    Nicole Neditch brings her experience working in local government, digital technology, and community development to Code for America, where she oversees the organizations key objective to grow and support an active network of individuals, organizations and government partners.

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  • Debs Schrimmer

    Research & Editorial Coordinator

    Debs Schrimmer joined Code for America in August 2014. As Research and Editorial Coordinator, Debs helps develop resources for local government staff and community organizers to use modern technology tools to foster collaboration, improve internal government processes...

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Finance Team

  • Greg Johns

    Finance Manager

    Greg Johns has worked in a wide range of industries over the course of his career. He began his career in the New York City area where he worked at an one of the first companies to offer online brokerage services and extended his career into investment research working at Smith Barney,…

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Focus Area Team

  • Efrem Bycer

    Director of Economic Development

    Efrem leads Code for America’s efforts to help governments better leverage open data and civic technology to support their economic development efforts. Prior to joining CfA in May 2015, Efrem was a Manager, Economic Development at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation…

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  • SaraT L. Mayer

    Senior Director, Health and Human Services

    SaraT (ST) Mayer leads Code for America's work to leverage civic technology and user centered design to transform the health and human services engagement landscape. Prior to joining CfA in November 2015, ST worked at the San Mateo County Health System as their Public Health Director...

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  • Jenny Montoya Tansey

    Director of Safety and Justice

    Jenny leads CfA's public safety and criminal justice related work. She previously provided training and support to 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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Marketing and Communications Team

  • Zoe Blumenfeld

    Marketing Manager

    A passionate advocate for storytelling and social change, Zoe most recently served as Communications Manager at Global Fund for Women, one of the largest publicly supported grantmaking organizations focused exclusively on women's rights...

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  • Jaime-Alexis Fowler

    Director of Marketing

    Jaime-Alexis Fowler joined Code for America as Director of Marketing in June 2014. Jaime-Alexis most recently served as Deputy Director at Exhale, overseeing organizational operations, programs, and strategy. Prior to that, she spent six years…

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  • David Leonard

    Frontend Developer

    David is a designer and developer. He helps Code for America focus on serving its users on the web and across digital platforms. David worked as a 2014 fellow in San Antonio, Texas, where his team developed open data practices and made Homebase

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  • Matthew Loveless

    Data & Analytics Manager

    Matthew Loveless joined Code for America in 2014. Before CfA, Matthew worked on data integration and management at the U.S. Department of Energy, the Democratic National Committee, and Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign...

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  • Molly McLeod

    Designer

    Molly is a designer and typography geek passionate about social justice. As a 2014 Code for America fellow in Long Beach, she helped design a new process for city staff to coordinate to reduce 911 calls. Previously, she designed print and digital projects for federal public health agencies at CommunicateHealth...

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Operations Team

  • Leticia Figueroa

    Leticia joined Code for America in late 2014, after working with us on a project basis for a few months. Leticia’s background is in Marketing and Event-planning and includes Dignity Health and The Pour House...

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  • Brenda Stone

    Brenda Stone joined Code for America in 2015. She brings a broad HR knowledge with experience from both for-profit and non-profit organizations...

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  • Carolina Yu

    Operations Coordinator

    Carolina joined Code for America in 2013. Originally from New York, she moved to the Bay Area after graduating from Boston University with a degree in psychology. Her diverse career spans from working in the non-profit sector to healthcare and retail operations. In her spare time, one will catch her volunteering...

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Product Team

  • Colleen Cotter

    User Experience Lead

    Colleen Cotter is a user experience research expert, joining Code for America from IDEO.

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  • Norris Hung

    Front-end developer

    Norris is a designer and front-end developer with a special enthusiasm for design thinking, typography, information design, and web development. He joined Code for America in 2015 and focuses on the Digital Front Door initiative...

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  • Jacob Solomon

    Product Manager, Health Team

    Jacob is a policy analyst and project manager from Oakland. Most recently, he studied the quality of care for mentally ill veterans, the forthcoming Medicaid expansion, and medical marijuana policy in California at RAND Corporation. Previously, he worked as a Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir Technologies. Jacob studied Economics at Occidental College.

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  • Alan Williams

    Designer, Health Team

    Alan is an urban planner, designer, and community strategist. Most recently he lead the Community team at Neighborland, a civic ideation platform. Alan’s early experience as a community organizer informed his work as a spatial analyst and urban planner in post-Katrina New Orleans. In 2011, he joined…

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Revenue Team

  • Mischa Byruck

    Director of Institutional Partnerships

    Mischa leads CfA's relationships with its major foundation funders, along with other strategic partners. Previously, he was the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at DataKind, an organization harnessing the power of data science in the service of humanity…

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  • Chi Offomah

    A year before joining Code for America in August 2015, Chi was finishing up her public health degree and soaking up the sun in Tucson...

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  • Jessica Silverman

    Senior Development Manager

    As Senior Development Manager, Jessica focuses on foundation relationship management and grants administration. She joined Code for America in April 2015, a recent San Francisco transplant from the great city of New York...

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Tech Team

  • Tomas Apodaca

    Engineer

    Tomas Apodaca joined Code For America in 2015. He's an engineer, focusing on the Code for America API and the Digital Front Door initiative. He previously worked as an Application and Data Specialist at The Asia Foundation, where he helped build an API for the 2014 Indonesian elections and…

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  • Dave Guarino

    Engineer, Health Team

    Dave Guarino is a software engineer focused on increasing access and dignity in the social safety net. His primary interests these days include duct-taping programmatic APIs onto legacy government interfaces, data processing/ETL, and strategies for analytic rigor in early-stage product development…

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  • Andrew Hyder

    Developer Relations Engineer

    Andrew Hyder is a civic hacker who enjoys making apps and maps. He is the developer relations engineer at Code for America where he travels the world helping volunteers build useful technology for their cities. As a 2013 CfA Fellow in Kansas City…

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2016 Fellows

  • Georgia Andrews

    New Orleans Team

    Georgia is a software engineer, Women Who Code San Francisco city director, and dedicated long-distance bike commuter. She spent the last four years building and tuning core applications for insurance...

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  • Amulya Aradhyula

    New York City Team

    Amulya is a user experience designer. She is passionate about making the world an easier place to navigate through design. Prior to Code for America, Amulya worked on bringing good design to the enter...

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  • Kevin Berry

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Kevin is a full stack engineer who is passionate about making technology education more accessible. He has mentored Bay Area youth in coding and technology through community outreach programs. He also...

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  • Kuan Butts

    Salt Lake County Team

    Kuan is a software developer who loves engineering transit and urban planning tools. Previously, Kuan worked on transit mapping and scenario modeling projects with the MIT Media Lab and the Singapore-...

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  • Stephanie Cain

    New Orleans Team

    Stephanie is a web designer originally from Denver, Colorado. She is passionate about the DIY movement, particularly as it applies to code and online shared resources. Prior to her work with Code for ...

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  • Pascal Carole

    New Orleans Team

    Pascal is a developer originally from Martinique. He spent his early career at Microsoft both as an engineer and a product manager. Most recently, Pascal led the engineering team at Do.com as the comp...

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  • Jessica Cole

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Jessica is a builder and a civic organizer. She believes that technology, at its best, creates neighborhoods out of people. Most recently, she served as Director of Outreach at Panorama Education to b...

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  • Rachel Edelman

    Kansas City (MO) Team

    Rachel is a product designer from New York. After earning a degree in graphic design, she joined BuzzFeed, where she cultivated interests in online communities and usability. Other interests include c...

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  • Meredith Hitchcock

    Seattle Team

    Meredith is a user experience researcher and designer. Most recently, she worked on publisher support and internal tools for Google Play Newsstand. She holds a BA in Literature from Yale and a Masters...

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  • Keith Kurson

    New York City Team

    Keith is a web developer and social game creator from San Francisco. Originally from North Carolina, Keith is excited to join CfA and help government work at its full potential by using technology. Wh...

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  • Patrick McDonnell

    Long Beach Team

    Patrick is an urbanist, designer, and strategist. A proud University of Michigan grad, he uses his background in urban planning and higher education to shape cities forward and make urbanism accessibl...

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  • Katherine Nammacher

    Seattle Team

    Katherine is an independent consultant in UX research, project management, and marketing. She has worked in the arts and civic tech with Microsoft, the Exploratorium, and the Oakland Museum of Califor...

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  • Ben Peterson

    Salt Lake County Team

    Ben Peterson is a designer, researcher and educator who is passionate about improving access to information and services through design. Prior to Code for America, he led and contributed to social inn...

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  • Lisa Ratner

    Long Beach Team

    Lisa is a Urban Planning focused User Experience Designer. Most recently, she designed for RideScout, a transportation technology company that builds mobility tools. She has received a liberal arts ed...

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  • Mark Rossetti

    Long Beach Team

    Mark is a software engineer from San Jose, CA with an interest in making the world run a little more positively and efficiently. When time allows, he enjoys spending his time on music, rock climbing, ...

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  • Charlie Weems

    New York City Team

    Charlie is a front-end developer who is passionate about using technology for social justice and economic opportunity. He has previously worked for USAID in Tanzania, as well as at TechChange, where h...

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  • Grayson Wright

    Seattle Team

    Grayson is a design-minded full stack developer who loves solving human problems. During his time at thoughtbot, and previously as an independent freelancer, he's helped dozens of startups and establi...

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Speaking requests

Some of Code for America's speakers include Founder and ED Jennifer Pahlka, CTO Michal Migurski, Communities Program Director Catherine Bracy, and Product Director Cyd Harrell.

We're also happy to contact Fellows, Brigade Captains and the Board.

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