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Seamus Kraft

Seamus Kraft is a communicator and civic activist building new means for successful democracy in the digital age. Since February 2013, he has built The OpenGov Foundation into a dedicated six-person team producing cutting-edge civic software used by elected officials and citizens in governments across the US. Seamus is also a co-creator of the Free Law Founders, a coalition of leaders from New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC working to open the processes and information of government to access and innovation for all. He is a 2014-2016 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a 2015-2016 Technology and Democracy Fellow in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Prior to creating The OpenGov Foundation, Seamus served as Digital Director and Press Secretary for The US House Oversight Committee, where he built one the most successful digital communications operations in government from the ground up. Seamus’s work both in and outside of government has been viewed by millions of people worldwide; in 2016 the American Library Association honored Seamus with their James Madison award and in 2012 TechCrunch named him among its list of the “20 Most Innovative People of 2012.” A native of Marblehead, MA, he received his undergraduate degree in classical political philosophy from Georgetown University in 2007.