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Code for America announces 2013 Fellows

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, October 19 2012

Code for America has announced the 29 fellows who will participate in its 2013 fellowship program. The fellowship participants include user experience designers, graphic designers, urbanists, and project managers, some of whom are leaving positions at companies such as Google, Cisco, Newsweek, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to participate, according to a press release.

The local government partners that will be participating in the fellowship program include Kansas City, Kan; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Louisville, Ken.; New York; Oakland, Calif.; San Francisco; San Mateo County, Calif.; South Bend, Ind. and Summit County, Ohio.

Lindsay Ballant, design director of Newsweek magazine and adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, wrote in her application that she was "excited by the opportunity to work on large-scale urban projects on a micro and macro level," according to the press release.

Other fellows include Reed Duecy Gibbs, an urbanist and interdisciplinary designer who is the co-founder of OpenUrban, a crowd sourced map and forum on current urban development, Alan Williams, who most recently lead the Community team at Neighborland, a civic ideation platform, Sheila Dugan, who has worked on broadband infrastructure development and adoption issues at the Center for Innovative Technology and Connect South Carolina, Tamara Manik-Perlman, who managed the development of web and mobile applications for Azavea and Richa Agarwal, a software developer who was recently working at the Obama campaign headquarters.

The fellowship will begin at Code for America’s San Francisco offices in January 2013.

"We live in an age of participation, but our public institutions haven’t benefited equally from the technologies that have so dramatically changed the business and social landscape in the past decade. We're eager to see what this impressive class of fellows will create next year," said Code for America’s founder and executive director, Jennifer Pahlka, in a statement.

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