Our people

Alissa  Black


San Francisco


  • United States


  • Grants & Investments

Impact Areas

  • Civic Empowerment
  • Data & Digital Rights

Alissa Black


As Director, Alissa leads Luminate's US regional work. Alissa brings over a decade of experience as a practitioner and investor in civic technology and municipal innovation, including developing the first open API standard for local government and managing over $60 million in a growing portfolio at Luminate.

Prior to joining the organisation, Alissa was Director of the California Civic Innovation Project at New America Foundation. Here, she was responsible for developing the project’s strategy, and managing the research portfolio. Previously, she served as the Government Relations Director at Code for America, working closely with local government partners to drive innovation and the adoption of civic technology. 

Alissa also worked as a public servant for over six years in the City of New York and the City and County of San Francisco, advancing the adoption of open government, open participation, and digital government services.