We’re a scrappy little outfit working to open government.

We’re a scrappy little outfit working to open government. That means making it easier for people to access and use as much government information as possible. It’s a daunting challenge but one we gladly accept. We believe innovative technology can help deliver a government that listens, works for its citizen-users, and learns from them. We are dedicated to putting better data and better tools in more hands. Our goal is to make or adapt those tools to be easy to use, efficient, scalable and free. Democracy means everyone should have chance to be a hands-on contributor.
Information and technology are disruptive. But data-driven disruption is what will ultimately break down the barriers of closed, inaccessible, unaccountable government.

We’ll bring the sledgehammers.

The Team


DARRELL ISSA Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board & California Congressman 

Darrell is a lifelong technophile with a passion for open, accountable government. First elected to Congress in 2000, he led the successful opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Issa launched OpenGov in March 2011 to expand development of free software solutions like Madison that help citizens access government, empowering them to collaborate with elected officials and each other to deliver better policy.

Before serving the people of California’s 49th Congressional district as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Committee, Issa founded Directed Electronics Incorporated and served as Chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association. Issa received the 1994 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Tweet him @DarrellIssa.



Lanham is the CEO of Rackspace, the service leader in open cloud computing and user-first “fanatical customer support.” He joined the company in 2000, growing its team of Rackers from fewer than 100 to more than 4,500 and its revenue to more than $1 billion in 2011. Under his leadership, Rackspace has developed the groundbreaking OpenStack open source cloud operating system. That makes Rackspace and OpenGov, as he puts it, “like brothers from another mother.”

Lanham earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife and two children. Rumor has it that he uses a cloud-based app and smartphone to control the temperature of a backyard smoker to regularly deliver award-winning ribs.


JAMES LACY Co-Founder, Counsel & Board Member 

Jim serves as legal counsel for OpenGov. He is co-founder and managing partner of Wewer & Lacy, LLP, bringing to bear more than 25 years of experience in non-profit law. The American Association of Political Consultants awarded Jim their 2006 “Pollie Award” as a “Defender of the First Amendment.” Jim received his J.D. from Pepperdine University.


SEAMUS KRAFT Executive Director, Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman of the Board 

Seamus loves America, technology and helping people participate in their communities. He launched OpenGov with Chairman Issa in 2011 while holding down a Congressional day-job as Director of Digital Strategy and press secretary for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Leading a plucky team of digital ninjas from 2009 to 2013, he built the committee’s influential digital presence from scratch and lived to tell the tale.

When not working on OpenGov, you can probably find him reading, in the woods looking for lost golf balls or following Phish around the United States. A native of Marblehead, MA, Seamus graduated from Georgetown University in 2007 with a degree in classical political philosophy.  Tweet him @SeamusKraft or drop him a line at Seamus@OpenGovFoundation.org.


Leili joined the OpenGov team to be a part of the digital democratic revolution. She has a background in nonprofit communications and development with a variety of organizations around DC and Virginia.

Leili spends her free time running, reading, yoga-ing, and planning elaborate trips abroad.  Tweet her @LeiliSlutz or drop her a line at Leili@opengovfoundation.org.



CHRIS BIRK Lead Developer 

Chris is a geek at heart, graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Science. He previously worked for a series of startup web development companies before diving into Madison with the OpenGov Foundation. He was part of the inSourceCode team that first built Madison and KeepTheWebOpen.com, while bringing an innovation mindset to how the U.S. Congress uses technology. He has a fancy for working with open source projects and is constantly staying up to date on new toys and tools.

Chris is originally from Carmel, Indiana and in his spare time can be found hooping on the hardcourt, cheering on his Indianapolis Colts, or relaxing to some Dave Matthews Band.  Tweet him @cmbirk or drop him a line at Chris@OpenGovFoundation.org or Ninjas@OpenGovFoundation.org.


BILL HUNT Developer 

Bill has been a web developer for seventeen years. In that time has worked for a variety of start-ups, client service firms and government agencies, including as the technical lead for several award-winning teams.  As an “oldschool” web geek, he likes to work with the whole stack, from servers to css and everything in between.  Before joining OpenGov, he was a major contributor to The State Decoded open source software project that puts the law online the right way.

As a native of Charlottesville, VA, Bill can often be found hiking, enjoying the local restaurant scene, or philosophizing about the intricacies of tea.  Tweet him cool .*rc hacks @krues8dr or drop him a line at Bill@OpenGovFoundation.org


TOM DAVIS Former U.S. Congressman from Virginia, Board Member 

Tom serves as a Director for Deloitte & Touche, working to bring effective, common sense solutions to government.  He was first elected to office in 1979, representing Mason District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  In 1991, after spending 12 years as the Mason District supervisor, Tom defeated the incumbent chairman of the county board, taking the top elected office in Fairfax County, Virginia.

In 1994, Tom successfully took on another incumbent, this time winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the 11th Congressional District of Virginia.  He was the first freshman in 50 years to be given a subcommittee chairmanship, taking the gavel of the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia.  He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of political minutia, often teaching members of Congress on the electoral history of their own districts.  He has also twice won the Political Trivial Pursuit challenge sponsored by the Hotline and National Journal.

After the 2002 election, he was named chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, gaining national prominence once again by chairing hearings on the use of performance enhancing substances in professional sports.  Other notable accomplishments include his hard-hitting but objective report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina; his sponsorship of legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco; and passage of the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act, which authorizes much needed capital reinvestment in the Washington Metro system.

Tom is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College and earned a JD degree at the University of Virginia Law School.  He is married to Jeannemarie Devolites Davis and has two step daughters, Nicole, and Ashley who are George Mason Graduates.


MAGGIE McKINLEY Board of Advisors 

Maggie McKinley is Co-Principal Investigator of the “Language of Lobbying” Project at the University of Chicago. She received her JD from Stanford Law School and her BA in linguistic anthropology from UCLA. Previously, she served as Manager of Research at the UCLA Ethnography of Autism Project, Principal Policy Producer at the Sloan Center on the Everyday Lives of Families, and practiced civil litigation on behalf of unions and labor federations at Bredhoff & Kaiser in Washington, DC. Following law school, she clerked for the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit. Her work has been published in the Stanford Law Review and was awarded the Steven M. Block Civil Liberties Award for excellence in writing in the area of personal freedom. In August of 2014, Maggie will begin her tenure at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law.  Click here for more on Maggie.  Tweet her @MaggieMcKinley.





Ross is studying Computer Science and Information Systems at UMBC. His belief in democracy and the power of open source pushed him to join OpenGov, where he hopes he can make a difference. Programming since the age of 12, Ross enjoys working on anything that challenges him, from website layouts in CSS to Bitcoin clients in Python to kernel modules in C. In his spare time, he likes traveling, listening to bossa nova, and supporting Arsenal FC.


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