Our Mission

Unleashing the Power of Government Data to Improve Society

What we do

Socrata is the market leader in making existing government data discoverable, usable, and actionable for government workers and the people they serve. Socrata provides a data-as-a-service data platform and cloud applications exclusively for city, county, state, and federal government organizations. Socrata delivers unprecedented data-driven innovation and cost-savings for hundreds of public sector leaders and millions of their constituents around the world.

Government programs generate massive amounts of data, but most of it is locked away in hard-to-access data silos, including archaic databases. Socrata enables unprecedented data access by bringing together disparate systems and leveraging the cloud to dramatically enhance the effectiveness of government programs, to improve quality of life for residents, positively impact local economies, and achieve excellence in government operations. Socrata solutions are designed and developed to meet strict government standards. The technology is optimized on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector cloud and delivered using the exclusive Socrata Blueprint Methodology.

A brief history

CEO Kevin Merritt founded Socrata in 2007 with the goal of creating a cloud platform that enables public sector organizations to easily manage and share their data. This platform would make the data accessible to anyone with a web connection, while also giving them the power to visualize and analyze the data with ease.

Socrata continues to build on its original concept, offering products that enable researchers, public policy experts, entrepreneurs, and busy citizens alike to better understand and make use of public sector services. It also continues to expand — developing and releasing new services that address key challenges faced by many organizations, such as performance measurement and financial accountability.

Our main office is located in Seattle’s International District, alongside many other innovative tech companies. Thanks to our lively team and location, Socrata has developed a strong office culture. We have traditions like “Socrata Lunch” on Thursdays, triathlon challenges, and Friday happy hour (complete with Nerf battles). Simply put, we are people who love what we do.

Our leadership team

Saf Rabah
Chief Marketing & Product Officer
Kevin Merritt
Founder & CEO
Dan Wassel
Chief Financial Officer
James Pratt
Vice President of People Operations
Franklin Williams
VP of Product Development
Matt Miszweski
Chief Revenue Officer

Our advisors

Scott Maxwell
Len Jordan
Jai Das
Susan Carstensen
Bob Runge
Bill Bryant
Francois Steiger
Brett Goldstein
David Spielfogel

Our former public sector employees

Jeffrey Press
Practice Leader, Government Performance (former Deputy Director, Performance Strategy, U.S. Department of Commerce)
Alex Krughoff
Solution Architect, Customer Success (former Deputy Director, Prince George's County's CountyStat program)
Kyle Hall
Product Manager in Product Development (former Special Assistant to Controller Ron Galperin, City of Los Angeles)
Oliver Wise
Digital Government Principal (former Director at Office of Performance and Accountability, City of New Orleans)
Matt Miszweski
Chief Revenue Officer (former Chief Information Officer, state of Wisconsin)

Our investors