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.

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POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA NYC
Democracy Reinvented

For participatory budgeting to work, a healthy American democracy is a must, according to a new book by Hollie Russon-Gilman.


POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Rebuilding the Public’s Trust Begins with Trusting the Public

In the wake of Trump and Flint, we explore more encouraging news about real democratic reforms happening in the United States.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE and NEW AMERICA
These civic experiments are getting citizens more involved in governing themselves

Only 19 percent of Americans say they can trust the government always or most of the time.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
What Happened in Iowa and the Next Presidential Primaries

Hollie Russon Gilman joined the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast to discuss her new book, Democracy Reinvented.


POLITICAL REFORM
Democracy Reinvented

Democracy Reinvented is the first comprehensive academic treatment of participatory budgeting in the United States.


Democracy and Its (Very Many) Critics

Hollie Russon-Gilman argues that the narrative of our broken democracy doesn’t tell the story of the citizens who are trying to fix it.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE and NEW AMERICA
Tech and Innovation to Re-engage Civic Life

Inclusive governance will require that civil society, government, and industry work together to empower citizens.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA
UN Sustainable Development Goals: The Power of Participatory Democracy

New America Civic Innovation Fellow Hollie Russon-Gilman hosted a convening at Open Society Foundations on the role of inclusive governance


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE and NEW AMERICA
Writing Participation into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Later this week the U.N. will vote on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of international development targets t


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE and NEW AMERICA
Fixing democracy: Global efforts to tackle poverty and climate change

At the end of this week, the U.N General Assembly will vote on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next decades. The SDGs will


ASSET BUILDING, OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE, PROFITS & PURPOSE and NEW AMERICA
States and Cities Are 'Labs' for Inclusive Governance

Hollie Gilman, a fellow at New America, was featured in an article for Government Executive.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Technology for Democracy in Development: Lessons from Seven Case Studies

Claims regarding the positive and negative effects of information and communication technology (ICT) on democratic deliberation and developm