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Laurenellen McCann

Laurenellen McCann (@elle_mccann) is a social practice artist, organizer, and recovered policy wonk. Her work focuses on community-led approaches to governance and social innovation, emphasizing creativity and collaboration online and offline. In 2014, she started the movement to bring these practices into civic technology under the banner, “build with, not for”. Currently, Laurenellen works with New America, directing a ground-breaking initiative on civic life in Washington, DC. In past lives, she was a Civic Innovation Fellow at the Open Technology Institute, a consultant with the Smart Chicago Collaborative, and the founding director of the Sunlight Foundation’s state and local team. Laurenellen sits on the Advisory Board of the DC Funk Parade and recently co-founded a dinosaur co-op. (Long story.) In 2013, TIME Magazine named her one of 30 people under 30 changing the world. More at