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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.
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
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ANET (US Digital Service, 2016)
Design Lead (core team of 3, extended team of 8)
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.