Mark Headd is a writer, speaker, teacher and thought leader on civic technology and open government. Self taught in programming, he has been developing web, telephone, speech recognition and messaging applications for over 10 years.
In April of 2014, Mark joined Accela, Inc. as Technical Evangelist to build a developer community around the Accela Civic Platform – bringing value to the company’s customers, partners and clients.
In August, 2012, Mayor Michael Nutter selected Mark to become the City of Philadelphia’s first Chief Data Officer, to lead the city’s open data and government transparency initiatives.
Previously, Mark worked as Director of Government Relations at Code for America, culminating a period of almost 2 years of collaboration with the organization on open government and civic hacking projects across the country and in Philadelphia.
Mark has worked for technology companies from the Delaware Valley to Silicon Valley. He previously served in government, working for three years as the chief policy and budget advisor for the State of Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information. He has also served as Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, as Technology Adviser to former Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper, and in the New York State Senate as a budget and finance analyst.
Mark has built open government software applications for the District of Columbia, the Sunlight Foundation, the New York State Senate, and the cities of New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Baltimore and Philadelphia. He is an organizer, judge, sponsor and participant in civic hacking events across the country, including Philadelphia and Baltimore.
He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware teaching a course in electronic government.