San Francisco City genome project  Thu Feb 20 2014

This past weekend, Katie Johnson and I endeavored down a path to map the organizational structure of the City and County of San Francisco. This may sound like a rather esoteric, dare I say even boring, task, but it’s actually quite a bit fun and I hope enlightening not just to Katie and I but to others.

A new place, a new year  Sat Feb 01 2014

2013 was a year of a lot of personal change. A relocation, new job and a milestone birthday happened not just in 2013 but within a quick four month period. The rather dizzying changes of this past year have left my head spinning, but now, as the spinning wears off, I’m looking forward to what a focused 2014 can bring.

Denver's first civic hackathon inspires competition, collaboration  Mon Jul 30 2012

Over 30 people joined PlaceMatters and partners the weekend of July 28th, 2012 for Denver's first civic hackathon. 2 winning teams emerged, but everyone was able to benefit from a weekend of code, food and fun.

Shed some light on government data  Wed Mar 17 2010

I've been following the Sunlight Foundation for a little bit now and they are currently doing some great work around government and transparency. There has been a much larger, if not perfect, commitment to transparency under the Obama administration. For one example, go to to ...


I am an urban planner and technologist. I have devoted my early career to understanding how to bring more people fully into the co-creation of our cities. I believe technology in the service of deeper human experiences—whether through new ways of telling stories, understanding data, or visualizing the future together—is one of the greatest uses of technology. I seek to strengthen technology's use in these ways and hold it accountable to doing the greatest good.

Before holding my current position as an Innovation Fellow at the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation., I was the Director of the Decision Lab at PlaceMatters, where I advocated for more open, transparent and informed methods of urban and regional planning. I built tools like Brainstorm Anywhere and helped others bring new open source tools into existence like CrowdGauge. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and Master’s in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.