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Cyd is a passionate advocate for the citizen experience. She's an accomplished user experience (UX) researcher and currently serves as Code for America's UX Evangelist. She's also a brilliant Twitter haikuist. Cyd wants to redesign interaction between government and its citizens to create a virtuous cycle of trust. She envisions a world where civic interactions are just as inviting and rewarding as commercial ones.
For Cyd, there was a "conversion moment" -- an excellent interaction with the San Francisco city government when her own very strong civic feelings made her realize how design in government matters and just how few designers are working in the space.
At Code for America, Cyd works with fellows, city officials, and community volunteers to help create inventive and cost-effective civic technology that serves the needs of real people. She uses her unique background in sociolinguistics and poetry to apply metaphorical thinking to human-centered design.
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