Public Records Request Startup NextRequest Swaps CEO, COO

The five-year-old company works with more than 175 governments, covering about one-third of the U.S. population, to provide tools for responding to records requests. Its leadership says it's entering a "new chapter."

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NextRequest, a startup that offers software to help government manage and respond to public records requests, has a new CEO.

Reed Duecy-Gibbs, a co-founder of the company and its former chief operating officer, is stepping up to the CEO role while Tamara Manik-Perlman is stepping down. Manik-Perlman will remain at the company as COO and chief product officer, and will remain on the board.

The company, founded in 2015 in San Francisco, works with more than 175 state and local governments covering nearly one-third of the U.S. population, according to its website. Its services include Web pages where people can request records, tools for managing and generating reminders related to those requests, fee payment capabilities, redaction, file transfer and analytics dashboards.

In a blog post
, Manik-Perlman said the CEO swap represents a “new chapter” for the company.

“I’m handing the baton off to Reed, who will be focusing on continuing to grow the reach of NextRequest by bringing our service to more government agencies,” she wrote. “I’m confident that his experience leading the growth team for the past several years has equipped him to do a great job. I’ll be stepping into the dual roles of chief operating officer and chief product officer so that I can focus on the vital work of building a company and a product that carries forward the values of equity, inclusion, and accessibility that are so central to the company’s mission and to our common future.”

Duecy-Gibbs also emphasized growth in his statement.

“Going forward we will maintain our focus of providing software that gives governments and their constituents great tools to manage records requests with more transparency and less effort,” he wrote in the blog post. “Our challenge now is to reduce barriers to adopt NextRequest, making it, and the improvements it provides, available to more governments and their constituents.”

The company has taken investment from several firms, including Storm Ventures, Luminate Group (formerly called Omidyar Network) and Correlation Ventures.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.