Our Mission

Unleashing the Power of Government Data to Improve Society

What we do

Socrata is the market leader in Cloud-based Data Democratization solutions for Government (CDDG). Socrata provides a software-as-a-service (SaaS) data platform and cloud applications exclusively for city, county, state and federal government organizations, allowing government data to be discoverable, usable, and actionable for government knowledge workers and the citizens they serve.

Government programs generate massive amounts of data, but the vast majority of it is locked away in hard-to-access data silos. Socrata allows for unprecedented data access to dramatically impact the effectiveness of government programs, whether aimed at improving quality of life for citizens, establishing sustainable impact on local economies, or achieving excellence in government operations.

Socrata CDDG solutions are designed and purpose-built to meet strict government standards. Socrata technology is optimized on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector cloud and delivered using the exclusive Socrata Blueprint Methodology, based on Socrata’s deep experience and expertise.

Socrata delivers unprecedented data-driven innovation and cost-savings for hundreds of public sector leaders and millions of their constituents around the world.

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 Product Officer

Are you curious about all of the ways that open data can make the world a better place? Talk to ...

Jackie Golden

Senior Vice President of Customer Success

Jackie joins Socrata with over 18 years in the High Tech Industry as a change agent for building high performing ...

Robin Jones

SVP Marketing and Business Development

Robin is an entrepreneur at heart, with Socrata being the 6th startup in which she’s played a leadership role. At ...

Deep Dhillon

Chief Data Scientist

Deep Dhillon is an accomplished technologist with over 18 years of experience conceptualizing, architecting, and deploying multiple advanced networking applications. ...

Kevin Merritt

Founder & CEO

Kevin founded Socrata because he recognized that the massive amounts of data in the world could be put to use ...

Dan Wassel

Chief Financial Officer

Dan brings over 20 years of experience in finance, including responsibility for all aspects of finance and HR, such as ...

James Pratt

Vice President of People Operations

James leads Socrata’s efforts to attract the most capable and passionate employees; retain them; train and develop them; create opportunities ...

Franklin Williams

VP of Product Development

Franklin has the privilege of leading some of the best product managers, designers and engineers in the business. With more ...

Our advisors

Susan Carstensen


Susan Carstensen is a longtime leader and visionary for successful SaaS companies, including AtTask and Live Office (sold to Symantec). ...

Scott Darling


Scott Darling is President of EMC’s Corporate Development & Venture Capital. He is responsible for 25 investment professionals who handle ...

Scott Maxwell


Scott is the Senior Managing Director and Founder of OpenView Venture Partners. Scott seeks out companies that have the aspiration ...

Bob Runge


Bob is an accomplished technology strategist and marketer with more than 25 years of experience as a leader in the ...

Bill Bryant


Bill has had early and instrumental involvement in over 20 leading software and Internet companies, serving in a variety of ...

Francois Steiger


François Steiger is a distinguished entrepreneurial leader in the global software and information and communications markets. As a member of ...

David Eaves


David Eaves advises governments on open government and open data, and businesses and nonprofits on open source strategies and community ...

Jai Das


Jai is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures and looks for startups developing ground-breaking products and services in the United ...

Brett Goldstein


Brett Goldstein is a managing partner for Chicago-based Ekistic Ventures, cultivating a portfolio of companies that bring disruptive approaches to ...

David Spielfogel


David Spielfogel serves as co-founder and Managing Partner of Ekistic Ventures, a group of urban problem-solvers who are actively cultivating ...

Our investors