Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development

Citizen Engagement - Panelist Bios & Photos

Citizen Engagement

Corina DuBois (Moderator) - Department of State

Corina L. DuBois directs social media outreach and GOV 2.0 initiatives for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.  She joined the Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs as a Presidential Management Fellow in September 2011 after many years experience in strategic public relations.   She graduated with a BS in Communications and Political Science from the University of Maryland in 2000 and earned a Masters Degree in Political Management from the George Washington University in 2011.  DuBois honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1994-2000, stationed at NAS Cecil Field, onboard USS BOXER, and with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service European Headquarters in Naples, Italy.  She is married to Naval Commander Hal DuBois, and has three sons.


Phil Ashlock - OpenPlans

Phil has been leading the development of the Open311 standard so that cities can leverage web enabled citizen services in an open and interoperable way. Over the past few years, Phil has taken Open311 from an idea to a standardized API for openly tracking issues in public space across dozens of cities including Washington D.C., San Francisco, Boston, and Toronto. He works at OpenPlans on the Civic Commons program - a new effort to help governments share technology. Within Civic Commons, Phil primarily focuses on Open311 but he also facilitates broader collaboration between cities and other government bodies on the development of open standards and reusable technology. 


Wendy Harman - American Red Cross

Wendy Harman is a proud Red Crosser and a digital nerd. As the Director of Social Strategy, her goal is for the American Red Cross to be a social organization ready for 21st century humanitarian work. She is responsible for the national social media presence, including the listening program, social content, and community engagement.  She frequently speaks and writes about issues at the intersection of nonprofits, technology, and the social web. In 2010 and 2011 she was named to the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 list.


Jim Hornthal - PolitEar

Jim is a co-founder and Chairman of PolitEar, a listening and engagement platform for political, social and corporate users that want to make intelligent decisions informed by real-time social media signals.  He is also the founder and Chairman of Triporati, whose “Destination Genome Project” is changing the way travelers discover their perfect travel destination.  Jim is also on the board of several private companies including KIND Snacks, and (Bangalore, India) and has been a Lester Center Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley since 2002, where he now co-teaches The Lean Launchpad course to MBA and Executive MBA students.


Patrick Kane - Centro de Integracion Ciudadana

Currently serves as active board member spearheading the technology agenda at the Centro de Integracion Ciudadana (CIC).  CIC is a non profit organization that promotes and enables citizen participation and collaboration with authorities for the betterment of the local community.  Before focusing on CIC, Patrick worked a McKinsey & Co. for 6+ years in the Silicon Valley and Mexico City offices focusing on Strategy / M&A / Marketing & Sales projects in the High Tech and Private Equity sectors.  Patrick received an MBA from Stanford GSB and is also an Industrial Engineer from ITESM, where he graduated with honors. 


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