Denice W. Ross

Fellow, Public Interest Technology

Denice W. Ross is a Public Interest Technology Fellow at New America.  She specializes in data transparency and civic engagement, with a focus on action at the local level.

Before joining New America, Ross was a senior advisor in the Obama White House, where she leveraged data and innovation to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of community-based federal programs. As a presidential innovation fellow in 2014, she co-founded the White House Police Data Initiative, one of the most tangible responses to the 21st Century Policing Task Force report, and she worked with the Department of Energy on crowdsourcing private-sector data to improve community resilience in disaster-impacted areas. Earlier, she served as director of enterprise innovation for the City of New Orleans, where she built a digital services team and established open data as the cornerstone for performance management and public engagement. 

Prior to her roles in government, Ross co-directed the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center (GNOCDC), a non-profit data intermediary and member of the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. When Hurricane Katrina propelled New Orleans into the national spotlight, Ross collaborated with Brookings to track the city’s recovery through The New Orleans Index. In addition, she actively participated in numerous post-Katrina community planning initiatives, and co-founded the first new childcare center after the storm.

Ross began her technology career building web sites, and holds a bachelor of science from the University of Arizona. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and four children.

All Work

The Most Empowering Tool for Hurricane Recovery

Want to help residents rebuild after Harvey and Irma? Give them access to reliable data.

The Most Empowering Tool for Hurricane Recovery

Denice Ross wrote for Slate Future Tense about using data transparency as an empowering tool for hurricane recovery.

The Most Empowering Tool for Hurricane Recovery

Denice Ross wrote for Slate's Future Tense about accessing reliable data after catastrophes.

If You Don’t Use Climate Data, You Lose It

A critical mass of everyday users is the best defense against political attacks on public climate data.