The ways in which governments buy what they need is a fundamental part of how they function. Improving procurement requires addressing the basics, which carries implications for the ways governments provide quality service to their citizens. The Code for America team in Pittsburgh is partnering with the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Innovation and Performance and the RK Mellon Foundation to help tackle these problems.

I am honored and excited that Pittsburgh is joining with Code for America to build the city's reputation for innovation and transparency. We look forward to working in particular on new approaches to procurement that drive increased community participation, and in so doing, build the digital capabilities of our great city. I know the Fellows can learn from us -- and us from them -- as we work together to make government better for city residents.”

Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The 2015 Fellowship in Pittsburgh

Midyear Report

In February, the Pittsburgh fellowship team conducted user interviews with over 50 City employees as well as 25 local businesses. These conversations highlighted a few key problem areas shared across the board. You can read more about these findings and the fellows progress in the midyear report.

Summit Presentation

Meet the team:

  • Ben Smithgall

    Pittsburgh Team

    Ben is a developer originally from Pittsburgh. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy, Ben worked on the digital and data teams...


  • Shelly Ni

    Pittsburgh Team

    Shelly is an interaction designer — someone who solves problems that happen over time. As a co-founder of Propel, she designed a food stamp application that works on any smartphone. For her MFA thesis, she created...


  • Patrick Hammons

    Pittsburgh Team

    Patrick is a map nerd and civic hacker passionate about making data more accessible both visually and through online applications...


Team Leads: Laura Meixell, Analytics and Strategy Manager and Matthew Barron, Policy Officer

Community Partners: Richard King Mellon Foundation

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