Hollie Russon-Gilman

Fellow, Open Technology Institute and Political Reform Program

Hollie Russon Gilman is an Open Technology Institute and Political Reform program fellow at New America. Her first book is Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation and America.

She served in the Obama White House as the Open Government and Innovation Advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked as a field organizer in New Hampshire. Gilman is a founding researcher and organizer for the Open Society Foundation's Transparency and Accountability Initiative and Harvard's Gettysburg Project to revitalize 21st century civic engagement. She has worked as an advisor, researcher, and consultant to numerous non-profits and foundations including the World Bank, Case Foundation, and Center for Global Development.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Department of Government at Harvard University and A.B. from the University of Chicago with highest honors in Political Science. She has published in numerous academic and popular audience publications including the Boston Globe, Foreign Affairs, Slate, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Washington Post and Vox. Gilman is a recipient of numerous awards, including: AAAS Big Data and Analytics Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, Environmental Working Group’s Excellence for Technology and Innovation, and the Center for the American Presidency and Congress Presidential Fellowship. She is a Lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and Innovation Advisor to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement.

All Work

Building Civic Capacity in an Era of Democratic Crisis

Hollie Russon-Gilman and K. Sabeel Rahman explore how to develop institutions and organizations to enhance civic engagement in America.

A Big Idea To Reduce Partisanship, Save Government Money And Give Voters A Voice

The Time for Engaging Citizens in Democracy Is Now

Participatory budgeting represents an authentic way of making a government literally of the people, by the people, and for the people.

A 21st-Century Town Hall?

This case study introduces students to the field of civic technology and the possibility that it could help to amplify citizen engagement.

Women Create Fewer Online Petitions Than Men — But They’re More Successful

Hollie Russon Gilman--along with Tiago Peixoto, Jonathan Mellon, and Fredrik M. Sjoberg--wrote about the gender gap in petitions for The Was

Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America, Hollie Russon Gilman

Hollie Russon Gilman's book was favorably reviewed in the Spring 2017 issue of Political Science Quarterly.

Including Rural Communities at the Policy-Making Table

What might it look like for people in rural communities to have their views reflected in the policy landscape?

Civic Tech For Urban Collaborative Governance

Hollie Russon-Gilman wrote for PS: Political Science & Politics about how digital technologies can empower citizens in policymaking.

The Moment for Participatory Democracy

Hollie Russon-Gilman wrote for the Stanford Social Innovation Review about three viable models for civic engagement

Factoring Schools into the Calculus of City Budgeting

There's an unlikely source of input into Austin's public budget—the city's public school students.

For Democracy to Survive, it Requires Civic Engagement

Hollie Russon-Gilman wrote for Vox’s Polyarchy about why democracy requires civic engagement.

Commit to Local Action

This year, let's resolve to rebuild our civic muscles by getting involved at the local level.