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Seattle Creates Civic Tech Advocate Position to Encourage Civic Participation

The position will be held by Candace Faber, who's led such hackathons as the city's Hack the Commute event last March.

by / January 11, 2016
As Seattle's civic technology advocate, Candace Faber will promote open data use by local technologists.Twitter/@candacefaber

Seattle announced a new specialized role in its technology team Jan. 7: the civic technology advocate. Candace Faber, who's led hackathons that include the city's Hack the Commute transportation hackathon last March, will lead the position, promoting open data use by local technologists, working with business departments to identify opportunities and educate.

Seattle Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller explained in a city press release that the new position is part of an effort to improve quality of life for citizens. Will Scott, an organizer for Open Seattle, said Faber is an integral part of the city's technology community.

“She is the voice of social consciousness, and has already been instrumental in directing energy to efforts helping homelessness and equitable use of technology," Scott said. "We're thrilled that Candace has become a civic technology advocate within the city and [will] devote more energy to solving these critical issues. We can't imagine a better person for the job!"

Before this, Faber was the CEO of consulting firm Whoa Strategies. Faber led events like the Hack to End Homelessness, and the Washington Technology Industry Association's FullConTech. As government-community liaison for Open Seattle, Faber did much of the work she will continue in her new role: working with open data, collaborating with the city's technology firms, and helping the developer and civic hacker community.

From 2007 to 2013, Faber was a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State. She served at U.S. embassies in Russia, Poland, Belarus and Afghanistan.