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Alissa Black - Participant

Alissa Black directs the New America Foundation's California Civic Innovation Project. Based in the Bay area, Ms. Black is exploring the use of innovative technologies, policies, and practices that engage disadvantaged communities in public decision making throughout California. Ms. Black is interested in practical applications of civic innovations and focuses on municipal governments as living labs for civic engagement and democracy.

Prior to joining New America, Ms. Black was the Government Relations Director at Code for America, a non-profit organization that helps governments work better through the use of technology and new practices. She has extensive experience as a leader in local government, having worked in the New York City Mayor's Office and the City of San Francisco's Emerging Technologies team, where she led the development and deployment of Open311, the leading national standard for citizen reporting. 



New America Foundation


California Civic Innovation Project

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