Nicole Neditch is a leader in the civic technology and local government fields. She currently leads Digital Services for the City of Oakland. She served on the senior leadership team at Code for America, where she ran the organization’s flagship fellowship program and later the Code for America Network. There, she had the opportunity to work with over 30 cities and counties across the country on their digital innovation projects. She was the chair of the Code for America Summit that brought together 1200+ leaders in government and technology annually, and she led a community-driven design process to develop a governance framework for the 25k+ volunteers in the Code for America Brigade program.
Prior to Code for America, Neditch spearheaded a city-wide website redesign for the Oakland and helped develop RecordTrac, an application to help the City of Oakland manage public record requests and improve access to public information. She was a founding member and the government liaison to Open Oakland, a community of coders, designers, and city staff that collaborate on tech projects to improve the City. And she helped administer a community-led initiative to develop the City’s first open-data policy. She started working with the City of Oakland through her role in the community as the co-owner of the Mama Buzz Cafe and Gallery. She helped found Oakland’s First Friday Artwalk “Art Murmur”, which continues to draw thousands of people to Oakland each month, and was appointed to the Cultural Affairs Commission by then-Mayor Jerry Brown.
Most recently, Neditch helped launch a new initiative called ActLocal to recognize and support emerging leaders and give them tools to build coalitions and engage their communities, and helped launch a platform to ignite civic and political participation called Beacon.