Company

Our mission is to strengthen the democratic process by making it easier for people to get involved and implement solutions that improve their communities.

We are a technology start-up based in Santa Cruz, CA. The company was founded in 2011 by GenY-ers who are passionate about being involved in their government and social institutions and making them better.

We offer a free crowd-sourcing platform hosted on civinomics.com, tablet based polling and survey research, and media based online polling. For more information visit our case studies page.

We are a registered California C-Corp backed by a couple of generous angel investors. Our mission comes before our bottom line, but we also believe that offering demonstrable, monetizeable value to our clients is the best growth strategy. Interested investors please see our Angel List profile.

Our project is NOT open source at this time. However, we are very open to working with all members of the government 2.0 community. If you would like to contribute or collaborate please send us a note.


Team

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs

Manu Koenig,
Founder & CEO

Manu manages fundraising, sales, and partnerships as well as contributing to front-end development. He worked for 3 years in online advertising building an ad-network of 20M unique users as GM of Partnerships at Martini Media. Previously he worked as a marketing and web intern at Deutsche Bahn in Berlin, Germany. Stanford 07.

Maria Lopez-Latorre,
Lead Developer

Maria leads development of Civinomics embedded voting widget among other technical marvels. She holds a Masters in CS from the Autonomous Univ. of Barcelona, and received the prestigous UC International Scholarship. She won 2nd place prize at HackUCSC 2014.

Robert Singleton,
Founder & CMO

Robert manages government relations, social media, and contributes to sales. He is a Policy Analyst for the Santa Cruz Business Council. Previously he worked on over a dozen local political campaigns in California, including the SMART commuter train, urban sprawl, and candidates for state assembly. UCSC 12.

Chris Neklason,
CTO

Chris Neklason has been involved with community networking since 1984, before the Internet, and has decades of experience as a UNIX software engineer and as co-founder of Cruzio, one of the oldest ongoing independent ISPs in the United States.

Drew Moore,
Developer

Full-stack developer fluent in Java, Python and C/C++ with a mature understanding of OO principles, and proficient with HTML/CSS/JS and comfortable working with a variety of web-app frameworks and both SQL and NoSQL databases. Currently completing a degree in CS at UCSC.

Russell Sterten,
Operations Manager

Russell manages operations and contributes to sales. He's worked as a grassroots campaign organizer, most recently on a successful campaign for the California State Assembly. He has also been a substitute teacher in the East Bay and Marin. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010.

Kelsey Grimsley,
Public Outreach Manager

Kelsey manages public outreach. She gained experience with diverse constituents as Congressman Henry Waxman's intern in D.C. and for Congressman Sam Farr in his Santa Cruz office. She campaigned in three states for Obama for America (2012) and has helped coordinate successful regional environmental campaigns including Ban-the-Bag in Santa Cruz, CA.

Advisors

Fred Keeley,
Political Strategy

Fred Keeley was treasurer of Santa Cruz County from 2005-2105. He served in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2002 and served four years as the Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. During the California energy crisis in 2000 and 2001, Mr. Keeley was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Assembly on the crisis.

Lloyd Tabb,
Technology

Lloyd has been a technology revolutionary for 25 years. Lloyd was Principal Engineer on Netscape Navigator Gold and helped define the creation of Mozilla.org. As CTO of LiveOps, the first commercial crowd-sourced company, he designed the crowd-sourced ecosystem. He is currently Founder, Chairman and CTO of Looker.

Edolfo Garza-Licudine,
Technichal Cofounder

Edolfo has 10 years experience programming and 2 years experience managing databases and working in a biophysics research team. He graduated from UCSC with degrees in Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics in 2010.

Sean Campbell,
Finance

Sean is a part-time CFO. Currently Senior International Accountant at Driscolls, he got to know local government as an accountant for the County of Santa Cruz. He spent three years as a finance manager at Ticketfly, the social ticketing platform. Previously he worked with a wide variety of small businesses and startups in San Francisco.