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
Angela Orebaugh
Devin Harris
Seth Ragosta
Vice Chair
Emily Kilroy
Amanda Poncy
Doug Caldwell
Jim Duncan
Alpha Diallo
Program Coord. (Ex Officio)
Abigail Cox
Program Associate (Ex Officio)

Board Bios

Lucas Ames is the Founder of Smart Cville and Associate Director of Organizational Systems and Technology 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, daughter, and son.

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.

Dr. Devin Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at UVA. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and his graduate degrees at Virginia Tech, both in Civil Engineering (Structural). Devin is the Director of the Center for Transportation Studies, which is the focal point for education, research, and service in transportation engineering at UVA. CTS provides both research support services as well as transportation-focused education and training activities throughout the Commonwealth. His research centers on the built environment and aims to leverage data to create information, which can be used to inform decision-making. In his free time, Devin enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with family. Devin lives in Crozet 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.

Emily Kilroy is the Director of Communications & Public Engagement for Albemarle County. Emily’s team works to keep the community informed about how the County is working to support quality-of-life in Albemarle and designs people-centered engagement processes to ensure community input shapes important initiatives. Emily is keenly interested in how civic technology can advance community priorities. A Charlottesville resident for over a decade, Emily and her family love taking advantage of all of our urban and rural amenities.

Amanda Poncy is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Charlottesville, VA, where she continues to pursue her interests in creating vibrant and healthy communities through sustainable transportation planning and community design. Amanda lives in the City with her family and spends her free time exploring local trails and helping with the Clark Elementary School PTO.

Doug Caldwell is a geospatial analyst with experience in geographic information systems and geospatial technology. Doug recently retired as a researcher from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Alexandria, VA, where his work focused on mapping and visualization. He chaired the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, a Federal interagency board responsible for the standardization of geographic names. Doug is an Albemarle County resident with a keen interest in applying the latest geospatial technology to better serve the local community.

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..

Alpha Diallo is from Guinea, West Africa. Although he has spent the majority of his life in the Virginia, Alpha’s passion in community innovation and development stem from his experiences living in Guinea. Since obtaining his Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, Alpha has had a keen interest in the intersection of data science and public good. He is a full-time data analyst with Magellan Health. In his free time, Alpha is a volunteer instructor with WeCodeToo, a Charlottesville nonprofit dedicated to helping young black and brown children break into the technology industry with coding and programming.

Abigail Cox is a reference librarian at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) in downtown Charlottesville. At JMRL she provides reference services and technology training on a daily basis. She also develops and facilitates free programs that are open to all members of the community in order to promote lifelong learning and reading. Her work has a strong focus on increasing access and on promoting digital equity and inclusion. Abigail is a City of Charlottesville resident.