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 Democratic Infrastructure

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Hollie Russon Gilman, K. Sabeel Rahman, and Elena Souris detailed two areas that civic engagement

Why Kansas City, Missouri, plans to privatize sidewalks

On Vox's Polyarchy blog, Hollie Russon Gilman explored the trend of privatizing public space in Kansas City.

All Politics Is Local

Hollie Russon Gilman and Elena Souris wrote about new, more inclusive models of civic engagement on the local level for Washington Monthly.

How Cities Across the Globe Are Taking Innovation into Their Own Hands

As America turns inward, a recent CityLab conference reveals how cities are looking to take up the mantle of global creator and innovator.

Data Alone is Not Enough: 4 Challenges Which Exist for Leveraging Data for Better Policy Making

Hollie Russon Gilman gave four suggestions for incorporating data into government for Govloop.

Civic Engagement Capsule Series: Introduction

Hollie Russon-Gilman wrote an introduction for the civic engagement blog.

Innovation Can Fuel Inequality. But Can It Also Solve It?

New York City shows that, by tethering innovation to investment, cities can disperse opportunity and bring marginalized voices into policy.

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.

Government as Government, not Business

In light of Hurricane Maria, Hollie Russon Gilman wrote for the Stanford Social Innovation Review about innovations for the government.

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.