Women of Open Data at the Socrata Customer Summit

October 16, 2015 7:47 am PST | Data as a Service
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Women who lead and innovate in government, civic tech, and the private sector will be at every turn at the Socrata Customer Summit. Catch up with them to gain insights into the freshest ideas and best practices in open data.

Here are just six of these phenomenal women.

Tomeika Bowden: Connecting People and Ideas

As the Communications Director for the Washington, D.C. Public Charter School Board, Bowden champions excellence for the city’s schoolchildren. Bowden’s career has impacted lives on a local, national, and global scale — from crafting a grassroots advocacy program for the YMCA’s 2,700 chapters, to serving as Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  

Claire Bailey: Doer, Dreamer & Driver

Bailey, the former director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems (DIS) and Arkansas chief technology officer (CTO), was selected by Government Technology magazine as one of 2011’s top 25 “Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public Sector Innovation.” Her innovative thinking and leadership drives public sector solutions at Compuware, for federal, state, and local governments.

Barbara Cohn: Data Visionary

Cohn’s title says it all: Chief Data Officer of the State of New York. In addition to her current work overseeing the state’s quality-by-design open data portal, Cohn’s extensive, impressive career in public policy includes broad and deep application of data as a strategic asset. She’s an expert in public policy, and a leader in harmonizing data elements and facilitating interoperability across organizations.

Emily Shaw: Shining a Spotlight

As Deputy Policy Director at the Sunlight Foundation, Shaw promotes the open data movement at the local, national, and international levels. Her ideas and causes are captured by data journalists around the globe, and her policy work is transforming the day-to-day lives in communities near and far. Her expertise in civil and human rights includes projects with Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Tiffany Andrews: Coding Superhero

Andrews uses her powers for good. By day, she’s a Code for America fellow, working on community police interaction and open data with the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety. But she’s also put her stamp on Women Who Code LA as co-director, leveraging her background in web development to build community. Her coding endeavors reflect her longtime service in public policy, including as Chief of Staff with the City of Long Beach.

Julie Steenson: Data Storyteller

Soul and scrutiny unite in the work of Julie Steenson. She serves as Deputy Performance Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing data analytics and performance management. Her insightful, thoughtful use of data from the regular Kansas City’s citizen survey, 311 call center metrics, and department key performance indicators translate into better, brighter lives for the citizens of Kansas City.

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