Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 10.59.18 AM Anthea Watson, Google

googlelogo_color_272x92dpAnthea is a technologist and community organizer working at the intersection of the internet and social systems. Anthea is part of Google’s Social Impact team, building products that help decision makers govern more effectively, help people access public services more efficiently and help users engage in the civic process.  Most recently, for the 2014 U.S. elections, her team developed and launched online polling place,  ballot information and voter education tools that were used over 70 million times.

During the 2012 campaign cycle, Anthea spent 12 months working as the Director of Voter Experience with the Obama technology team. On the campaign, she joined a team of amazing engineers who built some pretty cool stuff that helped reach, register and protect potential voters and re-elect the President.

Before joining the campaign, she ran an open data effort, the Voting Information Project– a non-partisan effort to collect, standardize and distribute, through an open API, a nationwide database of polling locations and election related information. The API received 22 million look-ups in 2012 and was used by Google, AT&T, Microsoft, Foursquare, CNN and Politics-360 among many others.

Anthea lives in a little blue house in Washington DC with her husband, Reid Strong and her cat, Wallace.  Reid is a civil rights attorney at USDA, and the cat spends his days being grumpy about life.  When she’s not causing the establishment problems, Anthea likes to swim, wear vintage sunglasses and coax her many houseplants into not dying.


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