Become a fellow

Over 550 people applied to be a Code for America fellow for the 2012 program. 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, who are 2012 Code for America Fellows.

2012 fellows

  • Ruthie BenDor

    Santa Cruz Team

    Ruthie BenDor is a web developer and designer with a special interest in content management system integration. Ruthie has worked at the nonprofit organizations, GLAD and MassEquality, has consulted for a variety of companies and agencies, and contributes to several open source projects. Ruthie just…

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  • Jesse Bounds

    Chicago Team

    Jesse Bounds is a software engineer who has most recently lived in Cambridge, Mass. Jesse is fascinated by the challenges and opportunities that cities present to society. After receiving his MS in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Colorado, he worked on building scalable systems…

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  • Rob Brackett

    Chicago Team

    Rob Brackett is a user interface designer and frontend developer with an expertise in javascript. He has worked on Desktop, web, and iOS software design at Apple, helped design developer sites, tools, APIs for Appcelerator, and worked with various design firms to prototype new software ideas…

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  • Jim Craner

    Santa Cruz Team

    Jim Craner is a website and application developer and consultant with a decade of experience helping nonprofit organizations use technology to fulfill their missions. Jim is an Illinois native (and lifelong Cubs fan) who co-founded the Chicago Technology Cooperative and continued to manage the organization…

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  • Nick Doiron

    Macon Team

    Nick Doiron is a developer focusing on web maps, interactive media, and environmental sensors. Nick has developed and taught open source programs with One Laptop per Child in Uganda, Uruguay, and Haiti. Working with open data, he has produced innovative maps for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in…

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  • Matt Hampel

    Detroit Team

    Matt Hampel is a web developer and student of civic information. Matt has worked with nonprofits, newspapers, universities, and other organizations to build tools for the public good. Most recently, he worked as a technology project manager at the University of Michigan. He has developed multiple open…

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  • Elizabeth Hunt

    Philadelphia Team

    Elizabeth Hunt is a user experience strategist and designer. After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Ph.D. in English Literature, she began working in the technology industry. Over the past ten years, she’s worked as a web designer, instructional designer, user experience designer,…

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  • Angel Kittyachavalit

    Chicago Team

    Angel is a visual and user experience designer. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she worked for ReadyMade magazine. Most recently, she was a user experience designer at a startup, where she launched their user testing program and was in charge of designing everything from web to print…

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  • Michelle Lee

    Philadelphia Team

    Michelle Lee is a product designer from Philadelphia and New York City. Michelle has worked at Google since 2005 leading projects to aid in understanding and improving user experiences in Maps, Flu Trends, and Docs. Michelle started Forms under Google's 20% time policy, and it is now the fasting growing…

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  • Jessica Lord

    Macon Team

    Jessica Lord is a designer/front-end developer who focuses on the visualization of built form and on engaging citizens. Jessica received her BS in architecture from Georgia Tech, and went on to work as an intern architect before joining the Urban Design Technology Group at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.…

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  • Joe Merante

    Austin Team

    Joe Merante is an Internet lawyer, web developer, and musician. Joe co-founded a business networking company and worked at a music publishing agency prior to attending law school. During his research fellowship at the Institute for Information Law & Policy, he contributed to Peer to Patent and open government research…

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  • Sheba Najmi

    Honolulu Team

    Sheba Najmi is a user experience designer and product strategist. At Yahoo! she was a lead designer for Yahoo! Mail, the company’s flagship service with over 260 million users. Most recently, Sheba co-founded a startup focused on the oft-overlooked baby boomer and senior citizen audiences…

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  • Alex Pandel

    New Orleans Team

    Alex Pandel is a graphic designer, writer, problem-solver, communicator, urban explorer, and internet-lover. Alex thrives on collaboration and lives to craft creative and beautiful solutions to problems big and small. Alex graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Studio Art,…

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  • Amir Reavis-Bey

    New Orleans Team

    Amir Reavis-Bey is a software engineer focused on developing networks promoting social good for efforts such as Haiti relief and social enterprise. Amir earned a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and has spent more than seven years working as an investment banking technologist…

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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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  • Ben Sheldon

    Chicago Team

    Ben Sheldon is a web developer and community organizer. Ben directed the Digital Arts Service Corps, a national AmeriCorps*VISTA program, improving the capacity of community organizations to employ media arts and technology. A longtime resident of Boston, he developed online tools to facilitate education,…

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  • Tamara Shopsin

    Santa Cruz Team

    Tamara Shopsin is a graphic designer specializing in problem solving and conceptual illustration. Tamara's work has been featured in The New York Times, Good, Time, Wired, and Newsweek

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  • Prashant Singh

    Detroit Team

    Prashant Singh is a software developer, working most recently for Microsoft on television products for the Xbox, phones, and set-top boxes. Prashant likes to make, tinker, and dirty his hands with software, bicycles, furniture, and whatever else will fit in his apartment. Before working on consumer technology,…

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  • Eddie Tejeda

    New Orleans Team OpenOakland

    Eddie Tejeda is co-founder of Civic Insight, where he bring his experience bringing modern technologies and practices to civic institutions. Previously, Eddie was a 2012 Code for America fellow and was one of the creators of BlightStatus for the City of New Orleans. Eddie also founded Digress.it, a paragraph-level…

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  • Mick Thompson

    Honolulu Team

    Mick Thompson is a developer, author, and entrepreneur with 10 years of experience building reliable and scalable web applications. Mick has worked almost exclusively for startups where building applications on new and innovative technologies is the norm. He started Ignite NM,…

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  • Aurelio Tinio

    Austin Team

    Aurelio Tinio is a web developer with more than ten years of experience. Aurelio previously worked as the Lead Software Engineer at The Bay Citizen. He received his Computer Science degree at UCLA while supporting himself through work at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After continuing his interest…

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  • Diana Tran

    Honolulu Team

    Diana Tran is a graphic designer, veteran, and a recent graduate of the University of Texas, where she earned her BFA in visual communication. After hight school Diana enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and spent six years in the reserves. In 2006 she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.…

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  • Serena Wales

    New Orleans Team

    Serena Wales is a web developer from New York. Serena has worked at Purpose building campaigning tools and web, applications for nonprofits and corporations. Previously, she worked with museums and nonprofits to bring technology into new areas, developing interactive projects for the High Museum of Art…

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  • Zach Williams

    Macon Team

    Zach Williams is a web developer from Fort Worth, Texas. Zach has worked with Code for America from June 2010, starting off as a Google Summer of Code intern. Over the past few months he's worked on a number of open source developer tools, the EPA data visualization site MadeWithData.com, and the City…

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  • Emily Wright Moore

    Austin Team

    Emily Wright Moore is a designer and graphic artist focused on usability and visual storytelling. Emily has worked for several Bay Area groups including Banned by the Bay, Red Ink Studios, and Intersection for the Arts, where she researched and co-designed Golden Rules as part of the Prison Project…

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  • Alex Yule

    Philadelphia Team

    Alex Yule comes to CfA from the Mapping Center team at Esri, an industry leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) software, where he built interactive web mapping experiences with ArcGIS and HTML/CSS/JS/Flex. Alex graduated cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in Geography…

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