Open Gov for the Rest of Us

LISC Chicago

Date Awarded
Grant Period
08/01/13 to 08/01/14
Focus Area
Media Innovation
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  • Chicago, IL

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Providing residents in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago with the tools to access and demand better data around issues important to them, like housing and education

Open Gov for the Rest of Us is seeking to engage neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side in the Open Government movement. The three-stage campaign will connect more residents to the Internet, promote the use of open government tools and develop neighborhood-driven requests for new data that address residents’ needs. Building on the success of LISC Chicago’s Smart Communities program and Data Friday series, the project aims to spread a culture of data and improved use of digital tools in low-income neighborhoods by directly involving their residents.

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Susana Vasquez

Executive Director, LISC Chicago

Susana VasquezSusana Vasquez, LISC Chicago's executive director, oversees a staff of 16, a budget of $9 million and a loan portfolio of $14 million. Vasquez joined LISC in 2003 as a program officer and soon became director of the office's most ambitious effort – the New Communities Program, a 10-year initiative to support comprehensive community development in 16 neighborhoods.

Dionne Baux Dionne Baux, a native Chicagoan, has worked in city government and for nonprofits for more than seven years, primarily in the area of community economic development.

Demond Drummer Demond Drummer is tech organizer for Teamwork Englewood, an organization formed in 2003 as part of LISC Chicago’s New Communities Program.

Elizabeth Rosas Landa Elizabeth Rosas-Landa is the Smart Communities program manager at The Resurrection Project in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

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