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Tiffiniy Cheng

PPF President & Co-Founder

Tiffiniy Cheng is from Worcester, MA and has a BS in engineering and urban planning from the Cooper Union. She has worked in non-profit, urban planning, and public policy-oriented organizations. Tiffiniy also co-founded PPF’s sibling non-profit organization, the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), and heads up another new not-for-profit, Fight For the Future.

Contact: tyc at pculture.org

Nicholas Reville

PPF Treasurer & Co-Founder

Nicholas Reville is from Worcester, MA and has a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University. He worked in a variety of political activism positions for several years before co-founding PCF. He is an Ashoka Fellow and a Co-Founder of PCF, where he currently serves as Executive Director.

Contact: npr at pculture.org

Holmes Wilson

PPF Secretary & Co-Founder

Holmes Wilson is from Worcester, MA. He founded the Worcester Computer Co-op, an organization that uses free software and recycled computers to start computer labs in his city. He has a B.A. in Italian literature and speaks Italian. Holmes is also a Co-Founder of PCF and Fight For the Future.

Contact: hw at pculture.org

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David Moore

Executive Director

David is the Executive Director of PPF and has served as Program Manager of OpenCongress since its public launch in Feburary 2007. He graduated from Brown University with degrees in English and Philosophy. Previously, he worked as the first Outreach Coordinator for the Participatory Culture Foundation and helped to launch the open-source Miro video player. David spends a decent amount of time following the Milwaukee Brewers. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Contact: drm[at]opencongress.org

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Andy Ross

Lead Programmer

Andy Ross is the Lead Programmer of OpenCongress and has coded on it since development started in 2006. Andy maintains the core data streams that form OpenCongress and builds the site’s open-source Ruby on Rails code. A dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox, he lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Contact: aross[at]opencongress.org

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Carl Tashian

(Former) Director of Technology

Carl joined PPF in November 2009 as Director of Technology, and until his amicable departure in 2011 to work on his own startup, led development on the open-source projects OpenGovernment.org & GovKit — bringing many of the features of OpenCongress to state legislative data, plus overseeing PPF’s tech stack. He lives in the Mission district of San Francisco.

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Morgan Knutson

(Former) Designer/User Interface

Morgan designs for PPF and PCF. In his free time he writes and plays punk rock tunes while championing the downtrodden. In 2011, Morgan went to work for Google, which is pretty remarkable.

You should follow his twitter.

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Donny Shaw


Donny Shaw is a researcher and blogger at OpenCongress. Since 2007, he has been digging through legislative texts, monitoring roll call votes, tracking bills and adding editorial context to congressional info in order to make it intelligible for non-DC-insiders. He lives in Western Massachusetts, and when he’s not researching Congress he’s taking care of apple trees and picking berries.

Contact: donny[at]opencongress.org

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Conor Kenny

Wiki Editor

Conor is the Editor of the OpenCongress Wiki. Previously, Conor was the managing editor of Congresspedia (which is now the OC Wiki) and Election Protection Wiki on Sourcewatch. Along with running RaceTracker and other community projects on the OC Wiki, Conor develops our semantic MediaWiki code. He lives in Austin, where he is in his second year of a Masters degree program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Contact: conor[at]opencongress

OC Research Assistants – Summer 2010

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Moshe Bildner

OC Research Assistant – 2010

Moshe Bildner is a rising Junior at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently studying International and Near Eastern Studies. Areas of interest include immigration and economic policy. He has researched and blogged about campaign finance reform, unemployment insurance, as well as a variety of other topics. In addition to volunteering on OpenCongress, Moshe is training to become an EMT, and in his free time enjoys cooking food almost as much as he enjoys eating it.

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Jason Rhee

OC Research Assistant – 2010

Jason Rhee is a rising senior at NYU. He is studying economics and public policy. Some of the issue areas he’s researched and blogged about on OC include: unemployment benefits, midterm elections, and taxes. In addition to volunteering on OpenCongress, Jason enjoys longs walks on the beach, puppy dogs, and reading romance novels while taking bubble baths.

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Hilary Worden

OC Research Assistant – 2010

Hilary Worden will be a second-year student at the University of Washington in the fall, where she is studying Computer Science and Political Science. Some of the issues she’s researched and blogged about on OC include cybersecurity, the federal reserve, and earmark transparency.