In 2016 Code for America will work with the City of New Orleans to build digital tools to connect jobseekers, training providers, and employers across New Orleans.
The project is a partnership among Code for America, the City of New Orleans, and the Markle Foundation, as part of its Rework America Connected initiative, which aims to connect job seekers with the employers and training opportunities needed to engage with the high-growth, well-paying industries of the 21st century economy.
The team will work closely with the Network for Economic Opportunity, an initiative launched by Mayor Landrieu in 2013 to reduce inequities and increase economic outcomes across socioeconomic, racial, and geographic lines. The project will include analysis of job descriptions in New Orleans Workforce Investment Board job postings, examining the correlation of common job requirements language with the skills and experience needed to succeed in these jobs, and identifying factors, including wording, placement, and promotion of job postings, that contribute to bias and reduce applications by qualified applicants to these jobs.
For more information on the 2016 Code for America Fellowship see the announcement.
Meet the 2016 team:
Team Leads: Alex S. Lebow, Director of Strategic Partnerships, City of New Orleans and Ashleigh Gardere, Sr. Advisor to Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu and Director of The Network for Economic Opportunity, City of New Orleans
We are proud and honored to welcome Code for America back to New Orleans. This partnership will support our economic opportunity strategy and generate tools for connecting disadvantaged job seekers and businesses to new opportunities. As a laboratory for innovation and change, New Orleans will directly engage fellows in some of our most important and transformational work.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans, LA
Blighted and abandoned properties are more than just eyesores — they attract crime and decrease property value. In 2012, the City of New Orleans had more than 35,000 derelict and abandoned properties with little information to track their demolition or restoration. Citizens who wanted blight-related information could either spend hours on the phones with City Departments or wade through a series of confusing websites.
A woman named Rita Legrand went so far as to attend 400 property code violation hearings hoping that administrative judges would do something in her community. When asked to create a public record of blighted properties, government officials estimated the project would take three years to build and would cost millions of dollars.
In six weeks, Code for America fellows Amir Reavis-Bey, Eddie Tejeda, Alex Pandel and Serena Wales joined city officials Allen Square and Denise Ross and built Blightstatus.
What was originally slated to be a multiyear, multimillion dollar effort became something that brought community members together. The apps was so successful that it was accepted as a Code for America incubator company and has since spun into a startup called CivicInsight.
Meet the 2012 team:
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…
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…
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,…
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…
The 2016 New Orleans Fellowship is a partnership with
The Markle Foundation, as part of its Rework America Connected Initiative