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Published on Mar 5, 2014
"I love that you can want something to exist, and then it can exist."
Jessica Lord was an urban designer for the city of Boston when she got the chance to try her hand at software development as a Code for America fellow. The project exposed her to GitHub (a code sharing platform), which got her thinking about how the transparent nature of open source software development could be an asset to governments around the world. As a developer at GitHub, Jessica co-leads GitHub and Government, where over 200 government organizations now share information from apps and website backends to location data and public records. In addition to her work at GitHub, Jessica is active in the open source community, which she cites as a resource and a reason for learning to code.