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.
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. 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.
Victoria Nguyen | Government Services Outreach Associate
Victoria Nguyen is Government Services Outreach Associate at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. She brings over six years of experience in program development for organizations, including the Earth Institute Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University Population Research Center, and UNICEF USA. When she's not fighting the good fight for participatory democracy, she's taking photos, designing, 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 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.
Noma Thayer | Operations Manager
Noma Thayer is the Operations Manager at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to joining CTCL, Noma worked in data roles for organizations like Obama for America, the DNC, labor, for-profit tech and Democracy Works. A member of the Eastern Shoshone tribe, Noma thinks a lot about ways to make voting in Indian Country easier and more accessible. She uses her free time to create hip hop cross stitches for her friends, often with input from her cats.