Denice W. Ross
Denice W. Ross is a Public Interest Technology fellow at New America, a nonprofit civic enterprise. She specializes in data transparency and civic engagement, with a focus on action at the local level.
Before joining New America, Denice was a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House, where she leveraged data and innovation to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of community-based federal programs. As a Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2014, she co-founded the White House Police Data Initiative, one of the most tangible responses to the 21 Century Policing Task Force report, and she worked with the Department of Energy on crowdsourcing private-sector data to improve community resilience in disaster-impacted areas. Earlier, she served as Director of Enterprise Innovation for the City of New Orleans, where she built a digital services team and established open data as the cornerstone for performance management and public engagement.
Prior to her roles in government, Denice co-directed the nonprofit Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. When Hurricane Katrina propelled New Orleans into the national spotlight, Denice collaborated with Brookings to track the city’s recovery through "The New Orleans Index." In addition, she actively participated in many post-Katrina community planning initiatives, and, out of necessity, co-founded the first new childcare center after the storm.
Denice began her career in technology building web sites, and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and four children.