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Alexis obtained a meteorology degree from Penn State and then spent 5 years as an analyst and account manager for insurance and capital markets clients around the world. Along with providing excellent customer service to PublicStuff users, Alexis enjoys traveling, running, staring at the clouds, and supporting local food until the (grassfed) cows come home.
Anastasiya is a rising senior at Sarah Lawrence College, majoring in international relations and political science. She previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Jewish Committee, and the U.S. Department of State. Her interests include painting, skydiving, and chocolate.
Andrew is an iOS mobile developer specializing in user interface and audio programming. A graduate of UNC Asheville with a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology, Andrew moved to NYC in 2011 to attend New York University for a Master’s in Music Technology. When Andrew is not coding he enjoys playing/recording music and exploring New York's music scene.
Anna Hewitt is an intern focusing on quantitative analysis, market research, and competitive positioning. She’s a math-statistics major in Columbia University’s class of 2015. She was born near Zürich, Switzerland, and has mostly lived in NYC. She’s active in Kappa Alpha Theta, runs, and swims.
Ashish is an mobile engineering intern focusing on iOS and Android application development. Currently a graduate student at Syracuse University, he was born in India but now lives in NYC. He loves spicy food, loud music, dancing and visiting new places.
A city planner and community development practitioner by training, Asiya has spent the last several years working on projects that leverage new technology to enhance community engagement at the neighborhood level. Prior to moving to New York, she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked on a number of food justice initiatives and founded the nationally acclaimed Forage Oakland fruit barter network. Asiya has master’s degrees from UC Berkeley and Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster. In her free time, she runs, sews, travels, and reads fiction.
Barrett is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in international studies and anthropology. She has worked with several nonprofits, which took her to South Africa where she learned to drive stick shift, speak Xhosa, but mostly, the importance of community development and engagement. Barrett is excited to join PublicStuff and empower citizens through technology as part of our sales team. Her hobbies include running, the arts, and finding a cure for her wanderlust condition.
David joined PublicStuff after working in nonprofit management and community organizing. He is a believer in the value of technology as a way to solve everyday problems and build stronger communities. Born in Chicago, David loves Chicago sports, but not Chicago winters. He is a proud graduate of Bowdoin College where he received a BA in History and Anthropology.
Erin (@ErinHazeltine) joined PublicStuff after designing mobile app’s at Slice in San Francisco. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Erin is excited to use her love for great design to better help and connect with citizens everywhere. When she’s not designing, you’ll find Erin checking in on FourSquare and Untappd everywhere from New York to Ireland, Africa, South America or the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Gayatri is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, with a liberal arts degree in architecture. She joined PublicStuff after working in marketing at an architectural design studio in India. Gayatri is a performer and teacher at a classical dance company/school, and continues to pursue her love of architecture and visual art on the side.
Jonathan obtained his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2009 and master's degree in Electrical Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2012. He has a diverse background of software development including Android, iOS, web, and application development. Originally from New Hampshire, Jonathan moved to the Big Apple in September 2012 to join PublicStuff.
Julie began her professional career at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Since her early days in the arts, she has worked at companies such as W. W. Norton and Co. and Tutor.com where she was the Director of Client Services. Julie is a graduate of NYC’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School and Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. Julie enjoys theater, classical music, New York history, and spending time with her family in Brooklyn.
Justin joined PublicStuff because he believes that government and their citizens can communicate more effectively by leveraging technology. Prior to joining PublicStuff, Justin was an early employee at ZocDoc, where he launched multiple markets across the U.S. and led sales teams throughout the west coast. Justin is a proud Ohioan, where he attended The Ohio State University (O-H!), so you can find him glued to the TV during Saturdays in the fall. When he isn't watching the Buckeyes win, he spends time with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Abbey and Chloe…who are actually Chihuahuas.
Kacie (@kacielynkocher) came to manage PublicStuff's operations after finishing an MSc at the London School of Economics. She's worked and managed international teams and has built strategic community-based solutions with start-ups, NGOs, companies and governments in Turkey, Morocco, the UK, the US, and India. Letter writing, painting, and traveling through food are among her many hobbies.
Lily (@luliu) is the co-founder of PublicStuff. Her inspiration to start PublicStuff came from direct experience working in government, including Mayor Bloomberg's Special Project & Analytics team, the City of Long Beach, CA and TSA. Lily was recently named one of Forbes' 30 under 30', received her Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University, is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, and a lover of the arts.
Mandy studies Project Management in National University of Singapore (NUS) and she is currently doing a one year internship with PublicStuff. Prior to her studies and interests, she has spearheaded a few community-related events such as a human trafficking film forum and a mentoring program for elementary school kids etc. On the whole, she likes photography, traveling and pastries!
Mark disassembled his parents' computer at the ripe age of 10 and has immersed himself in computer programming ever since. He joined PublicStuff after years of experience developing in fast paced start-up environments. Mark graduated from Swarthmore College with a double major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. He is excited to help build the next generation of civic engagement tools at PublicStuff. When not coding, you'll find Mark biking and speed skating on ice.
Matt Diamond is a software engineer who believes that cyberspace can make a real difference in meatspace. After earning degrees in Neuroscience and Computer Music Composition, Matt shifted gears to web development, looking for ways to combine cutting-edge technology and social good. In his spare time he enjoys working on music, watching incomprehensible art films, and falling into the occasional Wikipedia Hole.
Ouya is currently a first year graduate student in Clark University mastering in Geographic Information Science (GIS), building on his undergraduate degree in GIS. His past experience and projects mainly focus on the development side of GIS. Ouya was previous an intern at the Guangzhou City Planning Institute, helping governments build online maps. He likes watching soccer and basketball games, and his favorite beer is Blue Moon.
Philippia is super excited to be joining PublicStuff, where she can work to provide communities a better way of life. She is currently a rising senior at Hofstra University studying International Business and French. Previously, Philippia interned and worked at Lacoste and Kaplan Test Prep where she acquired ample experience in marketing and sales. Being a Greek native, Philippia holds all the stereotypical characteristics: a near professional in cooking and baking, is perhaps too passionate, loves wine, yearns to travel, could live at the beach, and has taken up long-distance running.
Rafa (@rapala61) likes implementing solutions that are both creative and practical, while always thinking about how to improve the improvements. Rafa joined Publicstuff after serving as the director of IT and sole programmer of a successful NYC-based energy demand response start-up. Rafa is a musician, enjoys watching movies, reading about personality traits, and loves to learn new things everyday.
Raul recently obtained a computer science degree from Columbia University, where he specialized in application development. As a part of PublicStuff's mobile team, he now works as a Quality Assurance Engineer, finding and destroying bugs wherever they may be. A native New Yorker, Raul can be found in Brooklyn, eating good food and drinking good beer.
Rohit is a Business Management and Policy Economics major at New York University and President of the Student Council. He started his academic career back home in Lubbock, Texas, where he won awards in Mathematics and Debate. He has experience working in a Congressman’s office and NASA in Texas. Rohit enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and, when he has time, sleep.
Ryan is fascinated by the intersection of technology and public policy. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, Ryan ran a mayoral campaign and was published in a top 20 international relations journal. Born and raised in San Francisco, he spent the last two years working at technology firms in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys cycling, basketball, and weight-lifting.
Ryan joined PublicStuff after moving to New York from Florida. He graduated with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Computer Science from Florida State University and likes to spend his free time tinkering with technology, riding his bicycle, and making music.
Sidney is thrilled to join Public Stuff's sales team as an intern. She is an applied math major/comp sci minor in Columbia University’s School of Engineering (SEAS) class of 2015, where she was a varsity swimmer on Columbia Women’s Swim and Dive team for three years. She also manages the Columbia Bartending Agency and is an active member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority. In her free time, Sidney enjoys baking anything with chocolate (and more chocolate), running in hopes of completing a half-marathon, and watching any fantasy/horror TV show. She grew up in suburban Maryland outside of Washington DC.
Surya (@suryasays) joined PublicStuff after working at companies like Procter & Gamble, LinkedIn, and Groupon. PublicStuff is a natural fit given his fascination with the intersection of technology, government, and citizen empowerment. Surya, a proud Rutgers graduate, is also a long-suffering Mets/Jets fan, an amateur writer, and a big fan of movies/books.
Trevor joined PublicStuff because he believes that governments can leverage technology to efficiently solve everyday problems and delight their citizens as effectively as the private sector serves their customers, based on his experience in health care with ZocDoc. Trevor maintains a love-hate relationship with the political writers @ NYMAG, enjoys discussing books with his wife, and loves turtles, fish, the NY Aquarium, turtles, stickers, Richard Scarry and monkeys (or: his beautiful, toddler-aged daughter).
Vincent has a dual degree in Computer Science and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to working with PublicStuff, he was developing interactive software platforms, including working with large corporations to create voice activated warehouse management software. Vincent most recently managed the technical team at Post Factory, a premier film company in New York City. He also has experience working with Red Zone Robotics, in addition to founding several other successful companies.