Rebuilding Government

Stories of the people, technology, and missions redefining government

About the show

Rebuilding Government is a podcast about the people, technology, and missions redefining government. From local officials to government technology founders, we're diving into how people are reinvigorating our public institutions. In collaboration with UNIT Innovations.

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  • Create More Than You Take ft. DJ Patil, former Chief Data Scientist of the U.S.

    February 4th, 2020  |  36 mins 14 secs
    career, civic tech, data science, ethics, government

    Today I’ll chatted with DJ Patil—an expert on public-private cooperation on technology. He was former Chief Data Scientist of the U.S., where he pioneered national data initiatives across precision medical care, police transparency, and national security. DJ is currently the CTO of Devoted Health, a healthcare company serving seniors, and he previously built the first Data Science team at LinkedIn.

  • A Recipe for Democracy ft. Pete Davis, founder of the Democratic Policy Network

    January 8th, 2020  |  56 mins 12 secs
    democracy, pete davis, politics, public service

    Today, I’m talking to writer and activist Pete Davis, who’s dedicated his life toward this problem. He's campaigned for minimum wage increases and prison reform, founded a venture-backed tiny house startup and a neighborhood social media platform, and is now forwarding a national policy platform to mobilize grassroots democratic reform around the country.

  • A Pipeline to Public Service ft. Rachel Dodell, Executive Director of Coding It Forward

    November 5th, 2019  |  53 mins 19 secs
    civic tech, coding it forward, public service, rachel dodell

    Today on Rebuilding Government, I’ll be chatting with Rachel Dodell, the Executive Director of Coding It Forward, and Nik Marda, a Stanford student and 2019 Civic Digital Fellow, about bringing young technologists into government.

  • A Startup for Second Chances ft. Rohan Pavuluri, CEO of Upsolve

    October 7th, 2019  |  47 mins 47 secs
    legal, nonprofit, rohan pavuluri

    Today, I'm talking to Rohan Pavuluri, founder and CEO of Upsolve, a legal aid nonprofit that helps Americans file for bankruptcy for free online. Check out our conversation on failures in the legal system, nonprofit funding, and how Rohan is rebuilding government.

  • You’ve Got Mail! Tackling Inmate Isolation ft. Frederick Hutson, CEO of Pigeonly

    September 30th, 2019  |  42 mins 58 secs
    criminal justice, frederick hutson, incarceration

    Today's guest is Frederick Hutson, the cofounder and CEO of Pigeonly, a simple, affordable way to stay in touch with those incarcerated. Frederick talks about how expensive it is to communicate with loved ones in the corrections system and how Pigeonly is helping solve these problems. He also touches on his path into the space from being incarcerated to starting a company solve the problems he has seen first hand.

  • Your City Needs a Software Update ft. Zac Bookman, CEO of OpenGov

    August 30th, 2019  |  47 mins 59 secs
    cities, technology

    Today's guest is Zac Bookman, the cofounder and CEO of OpenGov, a cloud platform that supports government budgeting, performance, communications, and reporting.
    Government accounting probably isn't something that we think about too often. It might not be the flashiest thing in politics, but it's the system that allocates every dollar that goes to roads, schools, and so many everyday interactions with government.

  • Let's rebuild government

    August 8th, 2019  |  2 mins 55 secs
    government, intro

    Rebuilding government tells the stories of the people, technology, and missions redefining government. From politicians, government technology professionals, and more - our goal is to highlight the reinvigoration of government.