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 of people.

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 | Civic Data Research Associate

Henry B. Chan is a Civic Data Research Associate 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. 

Alicja Duda | Civic Data Research Associate

Alicja Duda is a Civic Data Research Associate at the Center for Technology and Civic Life, where she works with the Civic Data team to develop and maintain high-quality data about elected officials and ballot information. Alicja brings more than five years of civic engagement experience, including her direct work with immigrant communities in Florida and D.C. and her program management background in higher education, where she fostered meaningful partnerships between community members and college students. Alicja holds an MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from the American University School of International Service and a BA in Political Science from Stetson University. In her free time, you can find Alicja hiking with the Washington Women Outdoors group or in line at a food truck.

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 earned a MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University. In 2015 Tiana joined the inaugural class of Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. And in 2018 Tiana was selected to join the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Fellows.

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. At CTCL she leads a team that’s building the best professional development network for election officials who want to learn about new ways to engage the public and keep up with changing technology. Before joining CTCL in Chicago, Whitney worked on the Voting Information Project in Washington, D.C. and served the Durham County Board of Elections in North Carolina.

Kurt Sampsel | Government Services Project Manager

Kurt Sampsel is Government Services Project Manager 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 covered media regulation, reform, and activism. In addition to his research experience, he brings a background in journalism, teaching, and curriculum design. At CTCL, his work focuses on helping election officials use tech to better engage their communities and make voting easier. Throughout his career, Kurt has worked to harness the power of communication in the service of democracy and the public interest.

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.