A conversation with Maria McKee, Director of Research and Analytics at the Office of the San Francisco District Attorney

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Last year, Code for America launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office to automatically clear or reduce criminal convictions for those eligible for relief under Proposition 64 (marijuana legalization in the State of California). …

How one local government is elevating the importance of digital and innovating from the inside out

Members of the City of San Rafael team at last year’s Code for America Summit

The founding vision of Code for America is for a government that works by the people, for the people, in the digital age. We want to see this at all levels of government, but we know that the work of changing and improving systems often starts at the local level. And we’re lucky that we get to meet many of the public servants who are doing that work in their cities and counties at our annual Code for America Summit.

One such dedicated public servant is Rebecca Woodbury, who first attended Summit in 2015. At the time, she was a Senior Management Analyst for the City of San Rafael, a city of nearly 60,000 people just 18 miles north of San Francisco. After returning to her job, she found it was hard to explain the impact of Summit to her colleagues. So the next year, she brought a new assistant city manager along with her to see if they would find value in the conference as well. The City of San Rafael made a significant investment at the following Summit: they sent twenty employees to take advantage of the opportunities for information gathering, for networking, and for inspiration. In the intervening years, Rebecca’s role has changed — and so has how the city government operates.San Rafael is a perfect example of what’s possible when public servants are willing to challenge the status quo of how government functions and serves its residents and think about how it should function, in 2019 and beyond. …


Ruthie Reisner

Content Manager at Code for America. Word nerd and avid proponent of the Oxford comma.

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