Anthea is a technologist and community organizer working at the intersection of the internet and social systems. Anthea is part of Google's Social Impact team, building products that facilitate civic engagement, open societies and free expression across digital platforms. Through their products, Anthea's team has helped millions of people vote and engage in the political process. Most recently, she launched the Google Civic Information API to make it easier for developers to build useful new civic apps.
During the 2012 campaign cycle, Anthea spent 12 months working as the Director of Voter Experience with the Obama technology team. On the campaign, she joined a team of baller engineers who built some pretty cool stuff that helped reach, register and protect potential voters and re-elect the President.
Before joining the campaign, she ran an open data effort, the Voting Information Project-- a non-partisan effort to collect, standardize and distribute, through an open API, a nationwide database of polling locations and election related information. The API received 22 million look-ups in 2012 and was used by Google, AT&T, Microsoft, Foursquare, CNN and Politics-360 among many others.
Anthea lives in a little blue house in Washington DC with her husband, Reid Strong and her cat, Wallace. Reid is a civil rights attorney at USDA, and the cat spends his days being grumpy about life. When she’s not causing the establishment problems, Anthea likes to swim, wear vintage sunglasses and coax her many houseplants into not dying.
I'm spending the summer at home, but plan to hit the road again this fall. Check back.