TurboVote.org – building an election reminder tool

PROJECT: TurboVote.org ROLE: Product Manager EMPLOYER: Democracy Works LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York At Democracy Works, I was responsible for defining the product strategy, roadmap and implementation of the elections reminder tool TurboVote.org  which provides all the materials and information voters need to get registered to vote, stay registered, and cast a ballot in every election, from municipal to …

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Creating mobile ESL classes for New Americans

PROJECT: Cell-Ed, mobile ESL classes for New Americans (“immigrants”) ROLE: Product Owner EMPLOYER: New York State Office of New Americans LOCATION: New York City, New York Today, there are nearly 1 million newcomers in New York who have limited English proficiency. Unfortunately, there is a tremendous lack of ESL resources to help these New Americans learn English. Addressing …

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New York Business Express – building a one stop shop licensing center

PROJECT: New York Business Express ROLE: Change Management Lead, Product Owner EMPLOYER: NYS Governor Cuomo’s Office LOCATION: New York City, New York & Albany, New York Imagine it’s 2016 and you want to open a small restaurant in Buffalo, New York. Before Business Express, obtaining licenses and permits to operate in New York required navigating a …

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Building physical products – 16-feet sea kayak

Good Product Managers are effective at building bridges, connecting dots, and removing friction from the work of developers.  As a Product Manager, I am a CEO of product, responsible for shipping stuff people love. However, because I work in technology, where ‘building’ is actually done by engineers, I often feel the need to create something with …

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