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

POLITICAL REFORM
Civic Tech For Urban Collaborative Governance

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


POLITICAL REFORM
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.


POLITICAL REFORM
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.


POLITICAL REFORM
Commit to Local Action

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


POLITICAL REFORM
Rebuilding our Civic Muscles

Feeling down in the dumps? Here are three steps you can take today to fight for the things that matter.


Rebuilding our Civic Muscles

Feeling down in the dumps? Here are three steps you can take today to fight for the things that matter.


From Transparency to Democracy

What's better than openness? Openness coupled with engagement.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Creating a New Architecture of Government Through Tech and Innovation

Creating a new architecture of government through tech and innovation.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Cascades: The Anonymous Hack of HBGary

The second case study in a series to help create a curriculum focused on the intersection of information technology and public policy


FELLOWS and OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Come For the Pizza, Stay For the Power: Why Boston Let Teenagers Set Its Budget

Hollie Russon-Gilman was quoted in the Guardian about participatory budgeting in Boston.