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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. The project builds communities of practice within California local governments, and identifies and promotes best practices that deepen engagement between government and citizens throughout the state. CCIP shares technologies that improve service delivery, open new channels for public voices, and bridge the state's digital divides.
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. At Code for America Alissa built a network of civic leaders and organizations who are committed to improving government and dedicated to making a difference. She also 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.
A Southern California native, Ms. Black earned a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, and master's degree in urban planning from New York University.