Become a fellow

Code for America’s inaugural fellowship class brought a number of amazing candidates to the organization. Candidates came in from across the country and around the world, and they came with backgrounds ranging from back-end development experience to urban design. From that tremendous applicant pool, we worked with our selection committee of leading technologists, city officials, and thought leaders to identify the top for next year. Below are short biographies for those selected for the 2011 Code for America Fellows.

2011 fellows

  • Anna Bloom

    Seattle Team

    Anna Bloom has worked as a reporter and researcher for news organizations ranging from local newspapers to national websites. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2010, she worked for YouTube…

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  • Jeremy Canfield

    Jeremy Canfield is a web developer, interaction designer, and entrepreneur. As a co-founder of Phonagle, he designed, developed, and launched a location-based mobile game, funded by winning a venture capital competition. Before his start-up, he worked for the Government Accountability Office...

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  • Michael Lawrence Evans

    Philadelphia Team

    Michael Lawrence Evans is a web developer from Mountain View, CA. As a self-taught open source programmer, he has focused on data visualization and GIS systems with projects such as NYC Graffiti Snapshot, which helps users explore graffiti trends with interactive maps and charts, and SF Crime Snapshot...

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  • Peter Fecteau

    Philadelphia Team

    Pete Fecteau works mainly in the interactive design and development field creating and administrating websites for small and large organizations alike. He has experience designing numerous social networks, apps, and templates using open source software. He also works on developing effective online strategies and streamlining process through technologies…

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  • Michelle Koeth

    Michelle is a patent lawyer and web developer. As a 2011 Code for America fellow she gathered user experience research and drafted the Legal and Procurement Issues Guide for Civic Commons. Further, she attended several codeathons and was a co-developer for three civic minded applications, including SnapFresh, an Apps for Good prize winner...

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  • Matt Lewis

    Philadelphia Team

    Matt Lewis is a government and tech geek who wants to help leverage technology to make the public sphere more open and efficient. He has spent much of his fellowship year working with the federal government on a Veteran specific career platform, in addition to working with the City of Philadelphia to build tools that make civic engagement easier…

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  • Karla Macedo

    Boston Team

    Karla Macedo is a graphic designer with a deep interest in design that helps create positive social impact. Karla is looking to refine her skills as she transitions to web work. During her time at Code for America she helped organize the Iconathon, a series of events that helped create the first-ever civic symbol suite…

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  • Joel Mahoney

    Boston Team

    Joel Mahoney has been developing web applications since 1999, and has served as the COO and CTO of multiple start-up companies. Recently, he was the lead architect of Pandoxa.com, a citizen-engagement platform for the 2010 California Special Election. He holds a BA from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, and a MA from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM.

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  • Erik Michaels-Ober

    Detroit Team

    Erik Michaels-Ober is a software developer and entrepreneur in San Francisco, California. Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005, he has been a founder and CTO of startups that have raised more than $4.5 million in venture capital. He contributes to various open-source software projects and just wrapped up the summer as a Ruby Summer of Code mentor.

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  • Max Ogden

    Boston Team

    Max Ogden develops client applications, developer tools, and APIs, currently living in Portland, OR, and working as a developer at a market research company. In his spare time, he develops open source civic applications, including a hosted data service for geographic information about Portland, OR, called PDX API...

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  • Aaron Ogle

    Philadelphia Team

    Aaron believes that software can be used to build for a better world, and he loves designing applications to make cities more livable, beautiful, and just. While a fellow at Code for America, he partnered with the City of Philadelphia to build solutions to help foster civic engagement. He specializes in JavaScript and GIS development...

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  • Mjumbe Poe

    Philadelphia Team

    Mjumbe Wa Watu Poe has worked for the last five years developing software tools for researchers at the University of Pennsylvania for modelling and simulating social phenomena. Recently, he has been building a set of applications called “Phillyware” to help people better use and affect their city...

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  • Ryan Resella

    Boston Team

    Ryan began working in local government in 2005 at the City of Santa Clarita in Southern California. As a Senior IT Analyst at Santa Clarita he was responsible for managing the Application Development group in the Technology Services Division. Previously, he was the project manager and lead engineer on eGraffiti...

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  • Talin Salway

    Boston Team

    Talin Salway graduated from UNLV with a degree in Computer Science in 2009, and has developed web applications since then, including the co-founding of social location site peerCompass.com, which aggregates multiple social feeds — Facebook, Twitter, Gowalla, Foursquare — into user-friendly desktop and mobile apps...

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  • Scott Silverman

    Boston Team

    Scott is a designer and product guy with a passion for perfection. He’s worked alongside engineers writing code, prototyping interfaces, and launching products. Prior to Code for America, Scott held product internships with Apple, The New York Times, and Arnold Worldwide. When not making software, he's usually backpacking...

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  • Chacha Sikes

    Seattle Team

    Chacha Sikes is an experienced developer who builds organizational websites and participatory educational experiences. She was a core developer for the state of Missouri’s Department of Conservation website. She also founded the Drupal Open Garden Project, a collaborative learning project...

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  • Tyler Stalder

    Philadelphia Team

    Tyler Stalder is a web developer, specializing in internal application development and design. Tyler received his bachelor’s degree in Information, Networking, and Telecommunications from Fort Hays State University, while also co-founding two web companies, including an election forecasting service and a technology consulting firm...

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  • Alan Palazzolo

    Seattle Team

    Alan Palazzolo is an interactive developer at MinnPost focused on open source software and data visualization. Before joining MinnPost, he was an inaugural Code for America fellow in 2011. He has also worked in the nonprofit and NGO sectors, both at home and abroad for more than 7 years.

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  • John Mertens

    Philadelphia Team

    John is a full stack developer with an emphasis on rapid prototyping and data wrangling. During his fellowship, John was involved in 9 different CfA projects, won multiple coding contests, and liberated thousands of data points...

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