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I work with governments because, when operated well, they can improve the lives of so many people. I work with civic startups at the CfA Accelerator because, when operated well, they can improve the efficiency of so many governments. Every positive change I made working in government in Newark, N.J. might effect tens of thousands of families and every civic startup I mentor might affect hundreds of governments.

But let me take a step back: I started to care so much about government and their inner workings because local government changed the course of my life.

When I was ten years old, my mother and I were in a terrible car accident. Although I did not realize it then, the next few hours came to define my life. At the time I was confused. Now I vividly recall the kindness of the child welfare workers and their help in what was a scary situation for me. My conversations and their actions that day instilled in me a value that I will never forget: the power of a few individuals to profoundly affect a person in need.

It became clear that my mother was an alcoholic. My stepfather filed for divorce, and my parents (guided by child welfare) agreed that I would live with my dad. For years I did not understand what had happened, but in time I came to appreciate who the social workers were and the profound effect that a working and compassionate government can have on peoples lives. Or, in my case, just one life. Their careful and kind work made it so I could eventually go on to lead the life I’ve had.

Meet the 2013 fellows

  • Cyd Harrell

    Cyd Harrell is UX Evangelist at Code for America, where she gets to spend all day helping create better experiences for citizens. She encourages like-minded UXers to apply for the 2014 CfA Fellowship. Before its acquisition in June 2012, she was VP of UX Research at Bolt Peters in San Francisco.

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  • Michal Migurski

    Michal joined Code For America in 2013. Previous to CfA, Michal spent nine years as a partner and technology director at celebrated San Francisco design studio Stamen. At Code For America, he is responsible for engineering standards and technical sustainability.

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  • Dana Oshiro

    Dana Oshiro (Senior Marketing Manager) is a writer and marketing strategist with a love of tech and an interest in how new innovations affect our societies and lives. Prior to her position at CfA she worked in tech journalism, publishing, public affairs, environmental health and anti-poverty advocacy.

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  • Michal Migurski

    Michal joined Code For America in 2013. Previous to CfA, Michal spent nine years as a partner and technology director at celebrated San Francisco design studio Stamen. At Code For America, he is responsible for engineering standards and technical sustainability.

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  • Dana Oshiro

    Dana Oshiro (Senior Marketing Manager) is a writer and marketing strategist with a love of tech and an interest in how new innovations affect our societies and lives. Prior to her position at CfA she worked in tech journalism, publishing, public affairs, environmental health and anti-poverty advocacy.

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  • Cyd Harrell

    Cyd Harrell is UX Evangelist at Code for America, where she gets to spend all day helping create better experiences for citizens. She encourages like-minded UXers to apply for the 2014 CfA Fellowship. Before its acquisition in June 2012, she was VP of UX Research at Bolt Peters in San Francisco.

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