Bob SofmanProgram Director

Bob Sofman (Program Director) has had a diverse career – from counseling adolescents early in his career to holding executive positions in both large companies and startups. During his 10 years at ATT, Bob held a variety of positions, including running ATT’s International Inbound business. From ATT, Bob helped launch PacBell’s Long Distance business and from there joined his first startup AVIRNEX in a CMO role. After a successful acquisition, Bob joined PointCast where he helped direct the sale of the company and then spent 7 years as an SVP at Charles Schwab where he launched Schwab’s wireless business and led Schwab's eBusiness Group. He holds a BS in Psychology and two Masters Degrees (Counseling and Computer Science), as well as being certified in change and culture management. Bob is a single father of a 6 year-old son, lives in San Francisco, and sits on several non-profit and advisory boards.

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800 Interviews.

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Spending a week living on a $32.17 food budget. Shadowing a homeless shelter caseworker. Riding shotgun on a midnight police patrol. Hiking portions of a 110 mile canal trail. Spending time in jail (just visiting). Jogging through the city with …

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The Energy in the Room

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9:00 a.m., January 3, 2013 —  Breakfast awaits 28 civically committed fellows. Twenty eight individuals who have decided to devote the next 11 months to Code for America — to serving our governments. Coming from 15 different states with rich …

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Transitions and New Beginnings

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It’s an interesting time to be at Code for America right now. November marks the formal beginning of the “transition” phase for the 2012 Fellowship Program. Fellows are hard at work transitioning their applications, transitioning the relationships they’ve established in …

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Meet Code for America 2013

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It’s official. We’ve selected the fellows and government partners who will participate in the 2013 Fellowship Program. The applicants for each were incredibly impressive and whittling the list down to these 10 governments and 29 fellows was a quite a feat …

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The Power Of Perspective

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Sometimes simply talking about a concept doesn’t do it justice.  Often it takes seeing something tangible to drive the point home.  While we talk about agile development and more effective use of technology in addressing civic issues, when we see …

This is Just the Beginning

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Four weeks of training on all things government, industry, and tech — done. Five weeks of living in, learning about, and contributing to our cities — done. Four weeks of defining opportunities and starting to deploy apps — done. Since the Fellows came …

Welcome Mark!

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Central to Code For America’s mission are the great and collaborative relationships we establish with innovative cities throughout the country.  It’s through these relationships that positive change happens – engaging the community to help in the work of government, leveraging …