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.
Sarah Bond-Yancey | Data Analysis & Outreach Fellow
Sarah Bond-Yancey is the Data Analysis and Outreach Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. At CTCL, Sarah works in partnership with the Reflective Democracy Campaign to analyze, improve, and disseminate our extensive research on the demographics of power in the United States. Prior to joining CTCL, Sarah worked as an independent Strategic Communications and Design Consultant for over fourteen years, primarily serving nonprofits, small businesses, and small farms. Other work experiences include playing World of Warcraft professionally, marketing alpacas, managing a 550+ person volunteer program, and designing a comprehensive impact planning framework for the nonviolent social change sector. In her free time, Sarah can be found making lists, building houses, longingly browsing real estate websites, advocating for accessible urban planning, and volunteering with the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
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 Manager
Henry B. Chan is a Civic Data Research Manager at the Center for Technology and Civic Life, where he works on the civic data team. Prior to joining CTCL, Henry spent five years working at a commercial real estate firm, where he developed a desire to do mission-driven work. He joined CTCL as a Research Fellow in the summer of 2016 and was hired on as an Associate the following year. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from New York University and was born and raised on the island of Saipan, the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands. When he’s not tracking down candidates on the Internet, Henry plays a lot of Civilization and reads too much about elections.
Alicja Duda | Civic Data Research Manager
Alicja Duda is a Civic Data Research Manager 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 Jarrett | Civic Data Research Fellow
Whitney Jarrett is a Civic Data Research Fellow at Center for Technology and Civic Life. Whitney is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Science and Technology. As a lifelong resident of Maryland, she’s ready to help with all of your pressing metro questions. She also enjoys anime and writing during her free time.
Lindsey Lyeda | Civic Data Quality Assurance Fellow
Lindsey Lyeda is a Civic Data Quality Assurance Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Lindsey brings a varied background with extensive research experience focused in clinical forensic psychology. Most of her work has been in the field of psychology, working with individuals in underserved populations both in a mental health capacity and by connecting them to community resources. Most importantly, it is vital to know that Lindsey is a Céline Dion super fan and just might own one of the cutest dogs in the world.
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.
David Nutting | Civic Data Research Fellow
David Nutting is a Civic Data Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. He previously served as a Notre Dame AmeriCorps Member at Stetson University, where he worked with several Multicultural Student Organizations to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of academic affairs. Embracing the path of justice-oriented work, David joined CTCL with a determination to create accessible civic information to help spin the big wheels of democracy. David holds degrees in Philosophy (BA) and Environmental Science (BS) from Stetson University. When not arguing about the meta-ethical principles that govern our lives, you can find David riding his bike and getting yelled at by drivers in the Washington Metropolitan area.
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.
Kate Sanburn | Civic Data Research Fellow
Kate Sanburn is a Civic Data Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Before coming to work for CTCL, Kate earned a JD from Gonzaga University School of Law, where she focused on civil rights, race in the law, and elder law. She was a student liaison to the Washington State Supreme Court’s Minority and Justice Commission, working to create and sustain bias-free judicial and justice systems. Kate also holds a BA in French, Fine Art and Art History from DePaul University.
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 fondness for relational data modeling, and he is pleased at how much civic data there is to structure, store, and analyze at CTCL.
Holls Sit | Civic Data Research Fellow
Holls Sit is a Civic Data Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to joining CTCL, Holls spent several years on the house staff at a performing arts presenting organization. Holls holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where they did Global Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. Holls brings to CTCL an interest in connecting people with resources and information. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, they have a knack for trivia and letting you know when someone is actually Canadian.
Elias Weston-Farber | Civic Data Research Fellow
Elias Weston-Farber is a Civic Data Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life, where he works with the Civic Data team to gather high-quality data about elected officials and ballot information. Elias brings a combined 7 years of interdisciplinary research experience that spans public administration, bibliometric networking, even including microbiology research. Elias holds both a BS in Environmental Science and Geography as well as a BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Elias is passionate about contributing to the betterment of society and in his free time, you can find him at hacking meet-ups in the DC area or talking about one of his pet G.I.S. projects.
Natalie Wingard | Civic Data Research Fellow
Natalie Wingard is a Civic Data Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Natalie brings five years of policy research experience to CTCL. A recent graduate of the University of Dallas with a degree in politics, she is thrilled to jump from academia into the world of civic data (and to get away from the Texas heat). When not in the office she can be found trying to find something she hasn't already seen on Netflix, reading a book, or wishing she had a dog.