CTCL is a small but mighty team. We bring together expertise in research, training, data analysis, software development, and election administration to tackle some of today’s most pressing civic problems. With our powers combined, and yours, we are modernizing engagement with local government for millions.
Sarah Berlin | Research Manager
Sarah Berlin is a Research Manager at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Before joining CTCL, Sarah was a Civic Data Research Fellow at the New Organizing Institute, where she worked on the Reflective Democracy Campaign and the Ballot Information Project. She also has a background in digital journalism, having worked as a fact-checker at In These Times magazine and a reporter for Generation Progress. She likes coding, blogging, and finding the perfect search terms.
Donny Bridges | Co-founder, Director of Civic Data
Donny Bridges is Co-founder and Director of Civic Data at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to joining CTCL, Donny was the Election Administration Research Director at the New Organizing Institute, where he developed his obsession with local government and its data. Donny holds BAs in Political Science and Philosophy from Stanford University. When he's not tracking down wayward pieces of civic information, you can find Donny running marathons, climbing mountains, and lying in his "about me" sections.
Henry B. Chan | Election Data Research Fellow
Henry B. Chan is an Election Data Research Fellow at Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to joining CTCL, Henry worked as an accountant and analyst at a commercial real estate asset management firm. There, he developed a desire to do mission-oriented work; thus, he joined CTCL to help further the goal of furthering civic participation in the United States. He was born and raised on the beautiful island of Saipan, the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Tiana Epps-Johnson | Founder, Executive Director
Tiana Epps-Johnson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to CTCL, she was the New Organizing Institute's Election Administration Director. She and her team provide resources and training to support local election administrators in modernizing the ways they communicate with voters. They also publish free, open-source civic datasets that have been accessed over 200 million times through some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation. Tiana holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University. Additionally, Tiana was a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Whitney May | Co-founder, Director of Government Services
Whitney May is Co-founder and Director of Government Services at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Her primary focus is on ELECTricity, a learning community of local election officials who use technology to improve our democracy. Prior to CTCL, Whitney served the Durham County Board of Elections in North Carolina for four years. As a Certified North Carolina Election Administrator, she recruited and trained poll workers. Whitney holds a BBA from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Between college and election administration, she was out to pasture in the Piedmont of North Carolina, milking a herd of sixty-five goats and making cheese. Election work followed, naturally.
Victoria Nguyen | Government Services Outreach Associate
Victoria is Government Services Outreach Associate at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Her work is to grow and cultivate the organization’s network of local election officials, which we know as ELECTricity. Victoria brings over six years of experience in program development for nonprofits, including the Earth Institute Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University Population Research Center, UNICEF USA, and Organizing for America. She believes that community outreach and digital marketing strategy should always be grounded in advocacy that creates real conversations and an authentic point of view. When she's not fighting the good fight for participatory democracy, she's gallery hopping, taking photos, thrift shopping, or indulging her love of adventures in far-flung places. Victoria holds a Master's in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kurt Sampsel | Government Services Associate
Kurt Sampsel is Government Services Associate at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Before coming to work for CTCL, Kurt earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, where his research focused on government regulation of media and communications. In addition to his research experience, he brings a background as a broadcast journalist and a teacher of college communications courses. At CTCL, his work focuses on helping election officials use tech to better engage their communities and make voting easier. At the center of his work, always, has been a desire to support participatory democracy.
Richard Simões | Software Developer
Richard Simões is a Software Developer at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to joining CTCL, he spent several years as a software and database developer in the web hosting industry. He has a BA in Philosophy from Texas State University, where he focused in logic and philosophy of science. Richard’s academic interest in logic and time spent in industry has led him to develop a strong affinity for Edgar Frank Codd’s relational model of data, and he is overjoyed at how much civic data there is to structure, store, and analyze at CTCL.
Rasheed Varner | Election Data Research Fellow
Rasheed Varner is an Election Data Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to joining CTCL, he was a Congressional Fellow at the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), where he assisted the chief of staff with the day-to-day operation of the office. Rasheed holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Howard University and is currently a Masters Candidate at Johns Hopkins University working on an MA in Government. Additionally, Rasheed sat on the International Baccalaureate Alumni Advisory Council, a body tasked with ensuring IB’s commitment to graduates, and is an ardent and dedicated member of the BeyHive.
Megan Ward | Civic Data Research Fellow
Megan Ward is a Civic Data Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to joining CTCL, she managed the programs and communications department of a criminal justice nonprofit. Her passion for civic engagement was fostered at The New Organizing Institute where she worked on the Voting Information Project during the 2014 election cycle. Megan enjoys "the weeds" of research and the data it produces. Ask her about state trivia!