OpenBudget Oakland project lead
OpenBudget was the founding project of OpenOakland, an all-volunteer civic tech organization that is part of the Code for America Brigade network. I joined as a technical contributor and took over as project lead two years later, designing and building new data exploration features in an effort to make Oakland's city budget data more accessible to its citizens. By developing a good working relationship with city officials, we were able to get pre-release data under embargo for timely publication for the 2015 and 2017 budget cycles. Mayor Libby Schaaf highlighted our work during her keynote at the 2016 Code for America Summit, and in 2017, the city, inspired by our work, added a set of budget exploration tools to its own website.