Deputy Executive Director
A year ago, 18F was just an ambitious idea in the mind of Hillary Hartley and some of her like-minded colleagues. Less than 12 months later, the organization employs nearly 100 digital and agile evangelists working on more than a dozen projects and leading the digital services wave now spreading virally through federal government.
Hartley focuses on the community, communications and creative aspects of 18F. Behind the real things 18F builds every day – like the Digital Analytics Dashboard and MyUSA.gov, a project Hartley started as a Presidential Innovation Fellow – she described it as a pilot for efficiency and innovation in the rest of government.
“We're not perfect, and we're still experimenting with a lot of things, but I think one of the things we're striving toward is to figure out collaboration and to figure out collaboration on this distributed, coast-to-coast scale," Hartley said.
We're impact junkies.
Many of 18F's own projects have that goal, like its “Hub," which helps organize the geographically scattered team. Hartley hopes other agencies buy into it.
“We're basically eating our own dog food with it," she said.
A strong proponent of diversity, 18F recently employed the Bechdel test, which examines gender equality in films, to evaluate its programming and development projects. Hartley is a big believer in diversity, too.
“The best way to get women and people of color into your workforce is to hire them," she said.
At the end of the day, Hartley loves what she's doing because of the impact she can make.
“We're impact junkies, and I think knowing that it's going to have an impact and knowing it's going to last is pretty amazing," she said.
– Billy Mitchell