Public Sector Design

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Public Interest Tech Fellow @ New America

I currently hold a research fellowship with New America’s Public Interest Tech program. I’m looking at how social ventures (both for and not-for profit) build sustainable, mission driven technologies to support their constituents. I’m also building a tool called The Grant Calculator.

US Digital Service @ Department of Defense

I did a tour of duty with the US Digital Service team at the Pentagon. As the first designer on the team, I wore every hat from product design, to facilitation, research, coding, and project lead. The work was unlike anything else I’ve encountered.


Public Projects

Note: Many projects were not open sourced and so can’t be shared

Net Grant Calculator (New America, Public Interest Tech)

Lead Design and Development

Link: Github

The Grant Calculator is a web app to support grant seeking non-profits in making better decisions about their capital requests from foundations. By makng the net-value of a grant more visible to grantseekers, we hope to increase the viability of a grant’s success by making sure they are properly resources from day one.

<http://netgrant.org/ target=”_blank”>Beta signup link

ANET (US Digital Service, 2016)

Design Lead (core team of 3, extended team of 8)

Link: Github

Lead the human centered design effort for the ANET program, an open source tool we created for the Train, Advise, Assist mission in Afghanistan. Initially teamed up with Hunter Pitelka (Backend) and Nick Small (Frontend) to research, design, and implement the beta version of ANET, including remote testing with NATO personnel in Kabul. As we launched in February, we got one more designer, a project manager, and a rotating team of engineers to finalizing implementation for our launch in February.

Press: OSCON talk on ANET team work by Alvand Salehi

Learning
This was a unique program, in that we were:

  • working with classified systems (though the tool is unclassified and open source)
  • working and researching remotely
  • dealing with the rapid rotation schedule of stakeholders and users
  • Designing an unclassified system that had to work with classified data

For design, e primarily used Sketch and Principle. Remote research was often done over phone and PDF, until we were able to set up Silverback to record sessions. We initially used Jira for project management, then switched fully to github. From an implementation perspective, we used dropwizard and graphql with a MSSql database to match on-site capabilities, and React for the frontend.