Hollie Russon Gilman

Hollie Russon Gilman 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. Her dissertation is the first academic study of participatory budgeting in the U.S. Dr. Gilman is an expert in technology, civic engagement, innovation, and governance. She most recently served as Open Government and Innovation Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she worked to implement President Obama’s second term Open Government agenda, including inter-agency commitments under the international Open Government Partnership. Dr. 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 leading non-profits and foundations at the intersection of technology and the public sector including the Case Foundation, Center for Global Development, Google.org, and the World Bank Institute. She has published in numerous academic and popular audience publications including the International Studies Review and Journal of Public Deliberation. Her writings appear frequently in diverse publications including Al Jazeera America, Brookings’ TechTank, Boston Globe, Harvard’s Challenges to Democracy, Next City, Slate and Vox.