Anthea Watson Strong
Civic Innovation Team, Google
Anthea is a technologist and community organizer working at the intersection of the internet and urban systems. Anthea is part of Google's Civic Innovation team, building products that facilitate civic engagement, open societies and free expression across digital platforms.
During the 2012 campaign cycle, Anthea worked as the Director of Voter Experience with the Obama technology team. On the Obama campaign, Anthea product managed voter engagement and volunteer management tools. Prior to joining the campaign, she ran the Voting Information Project. This project is an 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.
Before getting her start in civic technology after attending PDF in 2009, Anthea worked as a lawyer in the House of Representatives as well as for several years in the field on political and issue campaigns.