CODE was founded in January 2015 as the Center for Open Data Enterprise, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The organization’s mission is to maximize the value of open government data for the public good. This includes applications of fully open data - free, publicly available data that anyone can access and use, without restrictions - as well as strategies for sharing or exchanging data that requires privacy or security considerations.
CODE’s founding team launched the organization with a commitment to open data and its value. CODE’s founder and president, Joel Gurin, wrote the book Open Data Now that helped define this new field, and led the team at the GovLab that developed the Open Data 500, the first comprehensive study showing how businesses use open data from government. The team began convening Open Data Roundtables at the GovLab to encourage demand-driven open data - helping government agencies provide data in a way that meets the needs of its users. Building on this work, the original Open Data 500 team launched CODE as a new organization in 2015.
Today, CODE’s work reflects the evolving understanding of how open data’s value must be balanced against the need for data privacy and security. CODE works with stakeholders in government, academia, the nonprofit sector, and the private sector to enable different approaches to data publication, sharing, and exchange. Since its founding, CODE has worked with the White House and numerous U.S. federal agencies to help them leverage data more effectively. The organization’s international work includes facilitating the use of data for reporting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, mapping applications of open data around the world, and promoting open data for business purposes.
Director of Programs
Joel Gurin is the President and Founder of CODE and an internationally recognized expert on open data. His book Open Data Now (McGraw-Hill), written for a general audience, is considered a benchmark publication that helped define this emerging field. Before launching CODE in January 2015 he conceptualized and led the development team for the GovLab’s Open Data 500 project, the first thorough study of the use of open government data by the private sector. Joel’s background includes government, journalism, nonprofit leadership, and consumer issues. He served as Chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, which studied how open government data can improve consumer markets, and as Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. For more than a decade he was Editorial Director and then Executive Vice President of Consumer Reports, where he directed the launch and development of ConsumerReports.org, the world’s largest paid-subscription information-based website. He is a graduate of Harvard University with an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. You can follow him on Twitter at @joelgurin.
Katarina Rebello is Director of Programs at the Center for Open Data Enterprise. In this role, she oversees all federal and international programs, including the Center’s Open Data Roundtables and the SDG National Reporting Initiative. Katarina's work focuses on the intersection of politics, policy, and technology innovation. Throughout her time at the Center, Katarina has led Roundtables with the White House and numerous federal agencies, bringing together government data providers and data users. Katarina has also facilitated workshops at the United Nations on using data to achieve the SDGs.
Prior to joining the Center, Katarina worked at 1776, a global startup incubator and seed fund based in Washington DC. She also worked at the Group of Fifty Foundation, a global business community operating under the auspices of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Katarina holds a MA Honors Degree from the University of St Andrews, in Scotland.
Jacob Lewis is a political scientist with a decade of experience researching and implementing governance and democracy in the developing world. Jacob is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, and focuses on issues of government corruption and contentious politics. He has held research positions at Uppsala University, the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and Global Integrity. He has worked in Africa and Central Asia, and speaks English and French.
Caleb Rudow is a Research Fellow at the Center for Open Data Enterprise and works on the SDG National Reporting Initiative. He researches patterns of data use, open data policy, and the development of SDG national reporting platforms. Caleb has specialized research experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods, specifically running randomized control trials. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, Caleb worked with USAID’s climate change program and the Zambian Forestry Department to develop GIS trainings and geospatial products.
After the Peace Corps, he attended the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and focused his studies on data analysis for international development. At the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Caleb worked on the Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Users in Three Countries report from AidData and was a program manager for the Innovations for Peace and Development research lab.
Brock Fanning is a web architect and data scientist who is active in the world of open-source software development. Prior to joining the Center for Open Data Enterprise, he contributed to open-source projects and developed web experiences at the University of Maryland, Manifest, and the U.S. Department of Justice.Brock holds graduate degrees in classical guitar performance, and enjoys playing with flamenco and jazz bands. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Brock grew up in New Orleans, later adopted Baltimore, and currently lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and three daughters. He is a strong believer in the power of a good data visualization.
Hamadoun is the Finance Manager at CODE and is responsible for overseeing all financial activities of the organization including accounting, budgeting, taxes, and reporting requirements. Originally from Bamako, Mali, Hamadoun previously worked with UNDP in Burkina Faso. He holds a CPA license from the Virginia Board of Accountancy and a Masters in Information Systems Technology Management and a Bachelors from Business Administration from The George Washington University.
Temilola Afolabi is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Maryland College Park. She studies government and politics with a concentration in international relations and is pursuing a minor in international development and conflict management. Temilola previously interned at Learning Life where she implemented community development projects between low income families in Washington, DC, Senegal, and Jordan by facilitating live virtual dialogues. Temilola also interned at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and Nextier: Security, Peace and Development (SPD) in Abuja, Nigeria. Temilola currently works at CODE as a research and communications intern.
Andy Lo is a web developer at the Center for Open Data Enterprise working in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals National Reporting Initiative. He brings a wide range of experience centered around web development, and has had a history of working with non-profit organizations helping to develop and maintain their digital solutions. Prior to coming to the Center for Open Data Enterprise, Andy worked at the Sunlight Foundation where he served as the primary maintainer of the Open States project as a member of Sunlight Labs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce and is currently based in Dallas, TX.
Since our founding in 2015, CODE has been fortunate to collaborate with public, private, and nonprofit organizations who have contributed to our programs with financial support and in other significant ways.
CODE draws on a network of advisors and board members for insight, and guidance. Our advisors bring expertise from many perspectives, including the public, private, and non-profit sectors.