Michael has spent over a decade in civic tech. His first product was an online crime map built using open records requests and Google Maps in 2005. That grew into open data advocacy and building civic services around real-time transportation, public safety, geocoding, and open data APIs. He founded the Civic Data Alliance in Louisville with like-minded folks in 2013. The CDA later became an official Code for America brigade, which has since had 18 meetups, run 9 hackathons, worked on 35+ civic public projects, and donated over 7,000 hours of volunteer time!
Michael has worked in Melbourne, Paris, Edinburgh, and San Francisco, and currently resides in Louisville, KY, helping his hometown improve services and opening data for the public. As the city’s data officer, he works with departments and partners to share informatin, foster data-driven decision-making, and promote transparency through open data. If there is data you’d like to see released, or you use city data, please get in touch.