May 27, 2015

About Smart Cville

Smart Cville is a citizen-driven organization that promotes the use of technology to make cities better places to live.  Our efforts seek to promote civic innovation and technology-driven solutions throughout local government in Charlottesville and beyond.

Smart Cville is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Who We Are

Smart Cville needs fellow citizens to help us make this a reality!  Interested in contributing formallyContact Us for any other inquiry!

Board of Directors

Lucas Ames
Founder, Board Chair
Seth Ragosta
Vice Chair
Jim Duncan
Angela Orebaugh
Kristel Riddervold
Justin Beck

Board Bios

Lucas Ames is the Founder of Smart Cville and Tech Strategist at Global Online Academy (GOA). At GOA he is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s use of technology represents best practices in online teaching and learning and aligns with its mission and values. Leveraging data to obtain the best learning outcomes for students and utilizing APIs to extend online learning platforms are key parts of his role. Lucas strongly believes that technology has democratized civic engagement in a way that allows all citizens to help solve public problems. Lucas lives in the City with his wife and daughter.

Seth Ragosta is a litigation attorney who focuses on Family Law and Commercial litigation matters at Lenhart Pettit in Charlottesville. Before returning to Charlottesville, Seth worked for a multinational law firm on matters involving the largest technology companies in the world. Seth has experience with the practical uses of technology in the legal field, as well as the rules and laws governing various aspects of technology in commercial, personal and public realms. Seth is a county resident and passionate advocate for rational, open discourse about social justice and public policy issues, and believes technology can serve a key role in driving positive, fair and clear discussions about our public future.

Jim Duncan is Partner & Founder at Nest Realty Group whose main office is located in Downtown Charlottesville. Jim has always been active in the community as evidenced by his authorship of two prominent local blogs (Real Central VA and Real Crozet VA). He has a deep interest in working to instill a sense of community and engagement of and by the citizenry. A county resident, Jim is a 1998 graduate of VMI and is passionate about representing his real estate clients, the environment, riding bicycles, coaching soccer, and being a dad.

Dr. Angela Orebaugh is a technologist, educator, and author with a broad spectrum of expertise in information technology and security. Angela is currently the Director of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Programs at the University of Virginia. Prior to becoming a faculty member at UVA, Angela was a Fellow and Chief Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led several cyber security initiatives and advised clients on cyber security strategy, management, and technologies. Angela is a City of Charlottesville resident who is passionate about sustainability and the environment and strives to make the world a better place, bit by bit.

Kristel Riddervold has been the Environmental Sustainability Manager for the City of Charlottesville since 2002. Kristel leads a program dedicated to compliance, education, pollution prevention, and stewardship and that develops local sustainability programs focused on climate protection and water resources protection. These efforts involve both City-specific programs and operations as well as community-based initiatives. After obtaining double degrees from the University of Virginia, Kristel worked in the private sector as an environmental consultant for several years. An Albemarle County resident for over 20 years, she blends urban/rural living experiences in raising family, living life, and exploring opportunities.

Justin Beck is a British ex-pat who is the Director of Software Engineering at Scitent Learning. Justin was formerly the VP of Engineering at IO Education, an education technology firm. Justin is responsible for most of IO Education’s technology infrastructure, its mobile projects and for selecting and/or implementing its engineering tools, processes and procedures. He has been involved in technology for the better part of 15 years. One of the things he’s enjoyed along the way is consuming data made available through APIs and putting that data together in interesting ways to provide added value. Justin calls Crozet his home and identifies (in no particular order) as a husband, a father, a cyclist, a humble technologist and an employee advocate.