Changing People and Practices

Code for America brings technologists into government and supports new practices among existing teams to change how government delivers services.

2014 fellow Maksim Pecherskiy became chief data officer for the City of San Diego, one of many technologists now moving into government roles to tackle important problems and bring fresh ideas on using technology.

I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues at the City, as well as the technology, education, and civic communities in San Diego to help harness the power of data and technology for positive change.

— Maksim Pecherskiy, 2014 fellow, Chief Data Officer, San Diego, California

  • 7

    2014 fellows moved into government roles after the fellowship

  • 55%

    of 2014 fellows are working in government and civic-focused startups

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  • Brigade member Lauren Ancona joins the City of Philadelphia in growing trend of technologists working in government

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On a mission to help Philadelphians with disabilities find accessible locations and services, the Code for Philly Brigade and Girl Develop It partnered to build Unlock Philly.

Our mission is to level the playing field. We want everyone to start encouraging, embracing, and employing people of all abilities and ages.

— Ather Sharif, Code for Philly

  • 200%

    Growth in Brigade chapters worldwide

  • 15K+

    Brigade members worldwide

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Jonathan Feldman, CIO for the City of Asheville, sent his team to the Summit, where they learned about user-centered design. They returned home with an idea: a website that answers residents' most common questions. They started building the next week.

Making SimpliCity has been a lean operation and much of the time has been spent on usability testing; skills we've picked up from CfA. The thing that makes me the happiest is that when people see SimpliCity, their jaws drop that something this useable could come out of government. I’m really proud that my 83-year-old father can pull up the site as easily as he uses his iPhone.

— Jonathan Feldman, Chief Information Officer, Asheville, North Carolina

  • 3

    Months it took Jonathan and his team of two to build SimpliCity

  • 2.2K

    Government innovators learning from one another through the Code for America Network

  • 289

    Open government projects that everyone can contribute to on Github