Phil Ashlock was selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellow forProject MyGov as part of the new White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The program pairs top innovators from the private sector, nonprofits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on solutions that aim to deliver significant results in six months.
The purpose of Project MyGov is to reimagine how citizens interact with government through an experience designed around their needs rather than a confusing and fragmented bureaucracy.
This is one in a series introducing 18 Fellows working on five initiatives that are part of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program.
Ashlock has spearheaded community driven civic technology initiatives with global reach.
Most recently, he served as the Open Government Program Manager at OpenPlans where he established the Open311 initiative. Open311 is a standardized protocol for publicly reporting and tracking civic issues which is now implemented in dozens of cities around the world.
In partnership with Code for America, Ashlock also co-founded Civic Commons, an initiative to help governments share technology and their experiences using it.
Ashlock has facilitated broader collaboration between cities and other government bodies around open government initiatives, standards, and open source civic technology. He’s been an active participant in the Open Government Partnership and served as a member of the NYC Transparency Working Group, where he helped shape one of the world’s strongest open data laws: NYC Local Law 11 of 2012.
Originally from Anacortes, WA, Phil received his BA in Art/Design from Western Washington University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and enjoys urban adventures by bicycle.
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