Urban Technologist at Poe Public
2015 - Present
I specialize in the planning and implementation of technology strategies for Urban Planning projects. I use my experience with a variety of civic software to advise organizations on how technology can help them achieve their project goals. I see the technology strategy through from beginning to end.
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Software Developer at OpenPlans
2012 - 2015
I worked on a small team with amazing people on projects that empower people to get involved in planning for the future of their communities and cities. Among other projects, we worked on the following:
Starting in 2012, we developed Shareabouts, a flexible tool for gathering geography-specific public input. I was primarily responsible for developing the Django REST Framework-based Shareabouts data server, reporting tools, and core parts of the mapping interface.
In early 2014, we began working on OpenPlans, an outgrowth of our experience building tools and web sites for urban planning projects. I worked on many parts of this project: server-side data management, external service integration, APIs, browser-side interface development, and testing.
Code for America Fellow
As one of Code for America's inaugural fellows, I worked with the cities of Philadelphia and Seattle to identify and extend the Change by Us platform for their needs. As part of that process, I along with my fellowship team helped Local Projects, the original authors of Change by Us, release the project as open source.
I also started the Councilmatic project. I was frustrated at the relative difficulty of accessing legislative data in Philadelphia, so started creating a scraper, and later a website for finding and subscribing to relevant artifacts of city council meetings. This project is open source and has since been adopted in several other US cities.