OpenCounter combines Silicon Valley and public-sector talent to create best-of-class products for modern governments. The company was incubated at Code for America in 2012, and has since scaled to cities of all sizes across the country. This experience makes us a trusted partner to agencies seeking to improve economic development and modernize service delivery.
Co-Founder & CEO
Joel is a civic technologist and entrepreneur. He was an inaugural fellow at Code for America, and served as a technical advisor to the organization. Before Code for America, Joel founded companies in the health and hospitality sectors. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times. He won the International Design for Experience Award for his work with the City of Boston, and was one of GovTech Magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in 2012.
Co-Founder & COO
Peter is a civics nerd. An experienced economic development professional, Peter worked for the City of Santa Cruz where he lead a regional broadband policy group, and spearheaded the City's open data policy along with initiatives to lower administrative barriers to job creation. Prior to his public sector role, he worked in technology and media. When not working, Peter runs trails and surfs.
Government Relations Manager
Michelle is an experienced planning and development professional who believes in the role that technology can play in improving our communities. She has held roles at planning consultancies, with developers, and in municipalities, and has worked throughout the United States and in the United Arab Emirates. Michelle currently serves as the President for the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Account & Data Manager
Linh is a data wrangler and policy wonk. She joins OpenCounter after working for the cities of San Jose, Boston, and the state of Hawaii. Her zoning analysis in Boston led to Imagine Boston 2030, the city's first citywide plan in 50 years. Linh was a Code for America Intern and has her Master’s degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.
Matt is a geographer and civic technologist. Prior to OpenCounter, Matt was a web developer at MAPC a Boston-based regional planning agency, and an organizer at Code for Boston. He spends his free time chairing his local neighborhood association and visiting his local public library.
C.J. believes in the power of teams. He’s prone to citing bridges, spaceships, and art as examples of the power of humanity’s hive mind. C.J.‘s professional experience includes 4 years as part of an internal tools team at Lucasfilm and an Engineering Lead role at GoodGuide. Most recently, C.J. was part of the engineering team at Watsi. In his free time, C.J. enjoys scrambling, pack rafting, and getting his truck dirty.
Joshua is a full stack developer with over 13 years of experience. Prior to OpenCounter, he managed the engineering team at GoodGuide building supply chain sustainability tools for Fortune 100 companies. When not coding, Joshua coerces strange sounds out of the machine.
May is a multi-disciplinary designer whose expertise lies in designing systems to sustainably solve problems of any scale. She was formerly at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she led the effort of designing a consistent and accessible interface for Wikipedia. Prior to that, she designed for international audiences at brands and organizations like The Weather Channel and J Walter Thompson. Other than OpenCounter, she is also a full-time good vegan food compass with a growing fan base.
David is a software engineer whose actual existence is debatable. If he did exist, his work would have been featured on Gizmodo, Google Maps and the GreenPeace podcast. He would spend his days foraging / recovering from food poisoning, cycling, surfing, and tinkering.
Engineer, PG Hale Ltd.
Philip has been a key member of the team since its inception. He's a graduate of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and the Google Summer of Code. He worked extensively for the City of Honolulu on their "Honolulu Answers" platform and on the payments integration work at FreeAgent, a UK based small-business accounting software firm.
Talin is an open-source developer and a maps enthusiast. Prior to OpenCounter, Talin was an inaugural fellow at Code for America and later was on Trulia's Maps team. In his free time, Talin enjoys playing board games, listening to music, and writing AIs.
Sam is a full-stack developer and parent of a very needy greyhound. He lives through a process of trial and error, often succeeding wildly. He enjoys reading investigative journalism. He is an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellow and has a t-shirt alleging that he was a founding member of the Pivotal Labs DC office.