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Adam Sachs

Adam is working as a Development Intern at PublicStuff. He is currently a senior at Columbia University, studying Philosophy and Computer Science. He is an avid Boston sports fan, having grown up just outside of Boston. In his free time, Adam enjoys taking photos, watching movies, and playing sports with his friends. He also enjoys discovering new music, and co-hosts a radio show on the WBAR, Barnard College’s radio station.

Alexis Phillips

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.

Andrew Lection

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.

Asiya Wadud

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 Martin

Barrett is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in international studies and anthropology. With her background in nonprofit, she understands the importance of connecting residents and staff to create stronger communities. Barrett is excited to join PublicStuff and empower citizens through technology as part of our marketing team. Her hobbies include running, the arts, and finding a cure for her wanderlust.

Brian Jenkins

Brian is a technology enthusiast who has designed and maintained financial, manufacturing, and ERP systems. He joined PublicStuff, as a Sys Admin because he wants to make a difference in the way people interact with government. He enjoys weightlifting, running, and biking you may even see him attend a local user group or attending a music festival.

David Shaeffer

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 Hazeltine

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.

Fedna Bellasse

Fedna currently attends Mercy College and is obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in Psychology. She was born and raised in the city that never sleeps...NYC. Fedna previously interned at a law firm for about a year before joining PublicStuff. Becoming an Operations Intern for PublicStuff allows Fedna to get her hands into many different things, as she figures out her next step in life. Fedna enjoys traveling, especially to Europe. She also enjoys listening to music and dancing as if no one is watching.

Jonathan Lewis

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.

Kacie Lyn Kocher

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.

Lauren Libby

Lauren graduated from Harvard University with degrees in History & Literature and History & Science. After working as an inside sales associate at SinglePlatform, Lauren joined PublicStuff as a Sales Executive. She is excited to empower local governments with the ability to connect with citizens. In her spare time, Lauren loves cheering on the Bruins and hanging out with her elderly, yet lovable cats.

Lily Liu

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.

Mark Serrano

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

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.

Paul Thomas

Paul graduated with a master's degree in Computer Science from Paris Dauphine University. He moved from Paris to NYC in 2012 to work for a bank as a software developer. Paul loved NYC so much that he decided to stay and focus on mobile development, especially Android. When not coding, Paul enjoys biking and meeting with friends.

Rafa Pacas

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.

Ryan Chan

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.

Shaun Morse

Joining the PublicStuff team as a Sales Director from Varonis, Shaun is an avid sailor who enjoys racing and offshore deliveries. When he finds his way to shore he is normally rooting on his beloved Georgia Bulldogs, golfing, skiing, or celebrating America.

Surya Yalamanchili

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.

Tiffany Wong

Tiffany is a graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, where she studied Product Design. She first joined PublicStuff as an intern and now works as a Visual designer, because she believes design is versatile and can be used to create anything from a chair, to an interface, to a system.

Trevor Clark

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 Polidoro

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.

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