Become a fellow

More than 550 people applied for a 2013 Code for America Fellowship. Men and women from across the country and around the world applied to the program with backgrounds ranging from back-end development to urban design. From that impressive applicant pool, we selected 27 people who formed the 2013 class of Code for America Fellows.

2013 fellows

  • Rebecca Ackerman

    San Francisco Team

    Rebecca is a public policy researcher and social justice activist in Chicago. Most recently, she worked at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, where she worked on web development and research about social services in the Chicagoland area. She organized with the Immigrant Youth Justice League, an…

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  • Richa Agarwal

    Oakland Team

    Richa is a software developer and lover of technology, civic engagement, and the outdoors. Most recently, she has been working to help re-elect Obama from the campaign headquarters. When she's not coding, you can find her at a local coffee shop or out on the trails. Richa holds a BA in Philosophy and…

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  • Dan Avery

    Summit County Team

    Dan is a web and mobile developer who has designed, coded, and managed projects to solve problems for organizations like the Internet Archive, Yahoo!, and AltaVista. Dan led the initial development of the Internet Archive's Archive-It project, bringing the Archive's groundbreaking web-preserving technology…

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  • Lindsay Ballant

    Las Vegas Team

    Lindsay is a New York–based art director and designer with a passion for journalism and storytelling. Most recently, she served as the design director of Newsweek magazine. When not on deadline, she is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, and collaborates on other web-based projects under the moniker of Public Service Bureau…

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  • Moncef Belyamani

    San Mateo County Team

    Moncef is passionate about solving problems, learning by doing, and giving back to the community. Most recently, he led the Automation effort on the Mobile Team at AOL, and worked on various iOS and Android apps. In his spare time, he runs several music-related websites, and a programming blog where…

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  • Anselm Bradford

    San Mateo County Team

    Anselm is lecturer in digital media at AUT University in New Zealand. He has worked with Apress/friends of ED, O’Reilly Media, Peachpit Press, and Lonely Planet on book titles in the areas of visual communication, web, and interactive media. He has authorship credit on HTML5 Mastery and CSS3 Solutions…

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  • CJ Bryan

    New York City Team

    CJ is a web developer and software consultant. Most recently, he rebuilt the online publishing platform for the Society for Cultural Anthropology. Previously he worked with Fight for the Future creating online campaign platforms. He spends the rest of his time riding bikes and hacking on small machines.…

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  • Ryan Closner

    Las Vegas Team

    Ryan is a software engineer and entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon. Most recently, he’s worked for a governmental utility analytics company based out of Bend, Oregon. Ryan’s an avid traveler, open-source contributor, and has been developing client applications for more than five years. He studied…

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  • Cris Cristina

    Oakland Team

    Cris is a user experience designer originally from New Orleans. Most recently, he held the position of design manager at Cisco, developing next generation collaboration products for mobile and web platforms. He has worked as a design strategist, user researcher, and interaction designer. With a background…

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  • Reed Duecy-Gibbs

    South Bend Team

    Reed is an urbanist and interdisciplinary designer and is the co-founder of OpenUrban, a crowd sourced map and forum on current urban development. He has worked as an architect and urban designer, and as a policy researcher for the City of Seattle. Most recently his work was on display in the Istanbul…

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  • Sheila Dugan

    Oakland Team

    Sheila markets products using digital and social media. Recently, she’s worked on broadband infrastructure development and adoption issues at the Center for Innovative Technology and Connect South Carolina. In 2011, Dugan was appointed a Virginia Governor’s Fellow and served under the Secretary of…

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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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  • Marc Hébert

    San Francisco Team

    Marc relies on user-experience research and design anthropology to improve the way people interact with government information, services, and physical spaces. His work also attempts to improve digital participation in the public sphere. Libraries and community organizations have been important in this aim...

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  • Lou Huang

    Las Vegas Team

    Lou is a LEED-accredited urban designer based in San Francisco. Most recently he has been working on guidelines for multi-family, mixed income neighborhoods. He has also worked as a graphic and web designer, and is currently experimenting with mapping, data visualization, and using video games for effective city planning...

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  • Andy Hull

    San Francisco Team

    Andy is a web developer and a Geographic Information Systems analyst with ten years of experience working with government agencies, academic research groups, libraries, non-profits, and think tanks to create user centered web applications. Most recently, he produced interactive maps, data driven sites…

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  • Andrew Hyder

    Kansas City Team

    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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  • Doneliza Joaquin

    New York City Team

    Doneliza is an urban planner interested in city design, transportation networks, and data visualization. She has worked as a graphic designer and on community development and events at the Dumbo Improvement District. She holds degree in Urban Studies from Fordham University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

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  • Shaunak Kashyap

    Louisville Team

    Shaunak is generalist backend software developer with 10 years of experience. Most recently, he helped build the ground software that will control earth-imaging satellites. Lately he has developed a passion for building RESTful web services. Outside of work he likes spending time with his wife, Tiffany, and their labradoodle, Seger.

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  • Ariel Kennan

    Kansas City Team

    Ariel is an interaction and experience designer, most recently with ESI Design in New York. Her passion is where experience design meets scale – from the palm of the hand to entire cities. She has created mobile applications, websites, kiosks, media walls, institutions, and master planning for new communities...

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  • Katie Lewis

    Summit County Team

    Katie Lewis is a graphic designer and photographer from Madison, Wis. As an AmeriCorps*VISTA for United Way of Central Kentucky, Katie focused on building sustainable marketing and communications materials. She holds a BFA from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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  • Tamara Manik-Perlman

    South Bend Team

    Tamara is passionate about geodata visualization, interactive art, local food, national parks, and inclusive urban citizenship. Most recently, she worked at Azavea where she managed the development of web and mobile applications, and lead the spatial analysis and UX design teams. Tamara has worked at…

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  • Laura Meixell

    Louisville Team

    Laura served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she worked on agency performance management and developed a place-based data driven review process. Prior to that she worked on a community data and mapping system in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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  • Sophia Parafina

    San Mateo County Team

    Sophia has worked on a wide range of projects ranging from helping establish the Pic Macaya Biosphere Reserve in Haiti to building information architecture for pipelines, airports, and railways. Most recently, she wallowed in data and liberated it from stovepipes. Previously, she managed projects for…

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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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  • Ezra Spier

    New York City Team

    Ezra is a product manager and full-stack web/mobile developer, and was a 2013 Code for America Fellow on the New York City team. The team's primary project, NYC Criminal Case Search, is a web application that strengthens the city's Alternative to Incarceration programs by allowing them to access and search criminal justice data in real-time.

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  • Marcin Wichary

    Louisville Team

    Marcin is a user interface designer and developer. Over the past seven years he’s worked at Google on Chrome and search teams, and has coded and attended to the user experience of interactive homepage doodles. After hours, Marcin takes photos and occasionally volunteers at the Computer History Museum.

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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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