OpenOakland bridges technology and community for a thriving and equitable Oakland. We do this by:

  • Cultivating meaningful relationships.
    By partnering with the city and the community we foster a more inclusive, equitable, and engaged Oakland.

  • Inspiring civic engagement.
    We co-create tools and events that educate Oaklanders on how the city works and inspires them to effect civic change.

  • Empowering Oaklanders.
    We recognize that Oakland has a rich history of activism. We seek to empower all Oaklanders to keep advocating for our community‘s collective well-being.

Part of the Code for America network

We’re a fiscally-sponsored project of Code for America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving government in meaningful ways. Donations to OpenOakland are tax-deductible through Code for America (be sure to select OpenOakland from the drop-down menu after choosing the amount).

How we work

Brigade membership is open to all, regardless of expertise or skill level. The brigade is led by a core team of elected leads. These are generally members who have been actively engaged in OpenOakland activities for an extended period of time. Activities and formal decision-making are overseen by a Steering Committee, which meets monthly and consists of the elected leads plus project representatives.

Governance Process

2021 Co-leads

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Sean Martinez
@Sean in Slack

Community Organizer
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Niels Thorsen
@Niels in Slack

Communications Lead
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Jess Sand
@Jess in Slack

Hack Night Lead
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Visit @oo-steering-committee in Slack if you're interested in emceeing.

Steering Committee Chair
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Sean Martinez
@Sean in Slack

If you’re interested in joining the leadership team, join us for Hack Night and introduce yourself. In the interest of greater representation, our Communications Lead has committed to sharing or turning the role over if you’re interested and identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (reach out in #oo-steering-committee if interested).

How you can get involved

  • Join us at Hack Night.
    Every Tuesday from 6:30-9:00pm PST, we meet on Zoom (normally, we meet in City Hall but are working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic). After intros on Zoom, we break off into Slack channels to work and you can bounce around to introduce yourself. Don’t be shy about joining in; we’re friendly folk. RSVP on Meetup.

  • Join us on Slack.
    Join us on Slack and introduce yourself in #oo-meet-and-greet (see our OpenOakland Slack Guide for help). We look forward to meeting you!

  • Contribute to an existing project.
    Check out our active projects. You’re welcome to contact project leads directly or jump into their Github repos but if you’re not a coder or are unsure how you might contribute, we suggest attending Hack Night to get to know our project teams.

We hope to see you soon!