CivicActions at DrupalGovCon 2017

Drupal GovCon 2017CivicActions is honored to sponsor and participate at Drupal GovCon again this year! We always appreciate the chance to grow, improve, and innovate with the Drupal community in support of government.

Who’s going

We hope to connect with familiar colleagues and new friends! Attending from CivicActions are:

  • Henry Poole, CEO (LinkedIn: henrypoole)
  • Aaron Pava, Chief Experience Officer (LinkedIn: aaronpava)
  • Adam Bergstein, Assoc. Dir. of Engineering ( nerdstein, LinkedIn: nerdstein)
  • Fen Labalme, Chief Information Security Officer ( fen LinkedIn: fenlabalme)
  • Dan Gurin, Engineer ( dangur, LinkedIn: dangur)
  • Bill Ogilvie, VP Public Sector (LinkedIn: bill-ogilvie)
  • Gerardo Gonzalez, Engineer ( fmizzell, LinkedIn: fmizzell)
  • Marc Jones, Security & Compliance Engineer and In-House Counsel ( marcjones, LinkedIn: marctjones)
  • Jay Darnell, Engineer ( JayDarnell, LinkedIn: jaydarnell)
  • Steve Wirt, Engineer ( swirt, LinkedIn: swirt)


One of the best parts of GovCon is the sharing of ideas and information across organizations with the goal of common growth. We’re giving talks on a range of topics:

Monday, July 31, 3:00p
The Principled Developer: Walk the Talk” (Gerardo)

Tuesday, Aug 1, 9:00a
Productive and Balanced Digital Government Teams in Politically Turbulent Times” (Aaron)

Wednesday, Aug 2, 9:00a
Best Practices for Open Sourcing Government Code” (Marc)

Open data and DKAN

We’re also super-excited about hosting and sharing ideas on how government can use data to benefit citizens at the DKAN Open Data Summit on August 1 (nothing like getting two events into one trip!).


Connect and follow along at @getDKAN / #dkansummit and @drupalgovcon / #drupalgovcon.

We know there are great times and inspiration to be had at the various gatherings that make GovCon an energizing and positive event. See you in DC!

About the Author:

Melinda is a part-time writer and full-time mother who joined CivicActions in 2015 to help get all the right words into all the right places. She loves using storytelling and communication skills to highlight the value of civic tech in the lives of citizens, bringing out the heart and soul behind the initiatives and tools that make the world a better place.

Melinda brings bright enthusiasm and a passion for humanity to every assignment. Whether helping a technologist transfer a concept into laymen’s terms or crafting a resume that brings out the “shine” in a potential new hire, she is happiest when someone exclaims, “That is exactly what I was trying to say!”

In conjunction with her work at CivicActions, Melinda has served on the working group of Agile Government Leadership (AGL), a community of civic professionals promoting the use of agile methods in government. She oversees the administration, project management, and marketing of AGL and has helped it grow to over 800 members.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Melinda wrote for a variety of clients in the civic tech space, including DotGov (providing mobile apps to governments), PageFreezer (providing website and social media archiving to agencies), and Urban Interactive Studio (providing outreach and engagement tools for public processes).

Melinda is currently living in an Airstream motorhome with her partner and three young kids, adventuring around the U.S.A. and seeking out as many trees and oceans as possible. She is also unapologetically addicted to avocados, Instagram, clever science-y blogs, and craft beer.