Who We Are

Local Civic Innovators and Creative Problem-Solvers.

We are civic-minded residents committed to working with the City of Portland, Multnomah County and other municipalities in the greater Portland area – as well as other nonprofit organizations – to make our region stronger. We’re here to help and eager to learn from professional public servants. And while we’re advocates for open government (we can’t build apps without open data!), we’re non-partisan and public-minded.

We're a group of civic-minded coders, public-employees, designers, and extraordinary citizens. We work in partnership with government, non-profit, and technical partners to deploy technology to improve quality of life for all residents and increase citizen engagement with civic issues.

Ultimately, our goal is to make life better for residents by improving personal and collective outcomes through helping build local government services that are better, faster, and cheaper and have the greatest impact for the greatest amount of people who have the greatest need for assistance and efficient public services.

Executive Leadership

Code for PDX is led by an Executive Leadership Team that organizes events, manages strategic partnerships, and ensures fluid communication among cross-functional project teams. The Executive Team oversees volunteer management, organizational sustainability, day-to-day operations, and the engagement of the Advisory Board.

Hugh Harker

Hugh Harker

Hugh is an professional urbanist and developer. Hugh started Code for PDX in May of 2018. He comes from Cumberland, RI by way of Athens, GA.

Arthur Smeid

Arthur Smeid

Arthur is our Social Media outreach manager and community organizer. Arthur helps organize our social media effort and promotes CodeforPDX projects in the community.

John Redder

John Redder

John has a background in social work and is currently working with Multnomah County's IT department. John runs our outreach program which works with local Non Profits to organize projects.

Cal Tissue

Cal Tissue

Cal is the webmaster for Code for PDX. He comes from Charlotte, NC, originally.

Kelli Brooke McCloskey

Kelli Brooke McCloskey

Kelli has a background in the music industry where she worked in event planning. She recently moved back to Portland after spending a year abroad in Australia. Kelli is currently a student at a web development bootcamp where she is quickly becoming an expert software engineer.