Spike is the co-founder and Executive Director of OpenOakland, a civic innovation and open government nonprofit.  He is also the Director of Research & Technology with Urban Strategies Council, a social impact nonprofit based in Oakland and runs Stealing Beauty Photography. He speaks nationally on data driven decision making in public policy, community development and applied social research. He has served on the executive committee of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership and has successfully advocated for open data policies in Oakland and Alameda County. He manages the development of open source technology, spatial analysis projects and mapping systems. He became a US citizen in 2012, was part of the Next American City’s Vanguard class of 2012 and has been recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change