Alissa BlackGovernment Relations Director

Alissa Black (Government Relations Director) has extensive experience as a manager, policy analyst, and leader in local government. In the New York City’s Mayor’s Office, she coordinated the policy portfolios of multiple departments to ensure progress and execution of the city's agenda, and later she managed a development and design team that supported New York's 311 Citizen Service Center -- the most highly used 311 service in the country. After gaining experience in the private sector consulting, Alissa joined the San Francisco’s Emerging Technologies team in 2007, where she led the development and deployment of Open311, the leading national standard for citizen reporting. Alissa graduated from New York University in 2003 with a Master’s in Urban Planning.

Posts by Alissa

My New Journey

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My departure from Code for America is bittersweet. I’ve decided join the New America Foundation and lead a California focused project that will be launching soon. The past year and a half at Code for America has been a tremendous …

How do you measure participation?

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It’s difficult to define participation and it’s even more difficult to measure it. In Philadelphia, for example, the Change By Us platform that launched last month is attracting a number of residents who want to work together to make Philadelphia a better …

CityCamp is Seriously Local

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CityCamp Honolulu

Last Saturday, CityCamp Honolulu packed the student center at the University of Hawaii. The one-day event brought together nearly 150 locals to discuss and plan for updating the interface for Honolulu’s city services. Forest Frizzell, director of the City’s department of …

A PICNIC in Amsterdam

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Once a year Amsterdam plays host to the creators of urban design, technology, art, and science for the annual 3-day PICNIC Festival. I just returned from this amazing festival. A few months ago Bonnie from iStrategy Labs invited me to …

10 City Finalists for CfA 2012

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We were thrilled to see the response to our open call for city applications. We had over nearly two dozen governments apply to our program; all of them were strong candidates, so it made our job of selecting the most …

2012 Government Selection Committee

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19 governments applied for our 2012 program, and it’s amazing to read about their project ideas, challenges, and passion for changing the way things work. As a growing start-up, we can only work directly with a handful next year, which …

19 Governments Across the Country Apply to Code for America

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As the applications to our 2012 program rolled in last month I couldn’t help feeling a little nostalgic about our 2011 applicant cities. It was February 2010 when I began volunteering for Code for America and my first assignment was …

2012 City Program Application Video and Deck

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The application deadline to our 2012 City Program is around the corner, March 1st.  To prepare our applicants we hosted a webinar last week that discussed the application process, featured an interview with Boston’s CIO Bill Oates, and gave participants …

Tuesday Webinar to Feature Boston CIO Bill Oates

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Next Tuesday at 10am PT, we’re looking forward to hosting a webinar to discuss our 2012 City Program, and we are thrilled to announce that the City of Boston’s CIO Bill Oates will be joining the conversation. As a leader in government technology and a strong supporter of Code for America, he’ll be able to share useful insights on the program, why Boston chose to participate, and how the project is benefiting the city.

Citizens Taking Action to Bring Code for America to Their City

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Last month we asked residents across America to take action and bring Code for America to their cities through our Citizen Action Center. Well, they certainly did! We have over 60 cities represented on our map, that means people like …