Sarah Ortiz Shields
Austin Tech Alliance

Sarah is a program manager and problem solver with a background in software and tech. She works at Austin Tech Alliance, a non partisan non-profit that advocates for civic engagement in our tech community.

She was previously the Co-Captain of Open Austin, the local Code for America brigade. OA advocates for open government, open data and civic application development by hosting monthly meetups and a speaker series.

Sarah got involved with local government during the Wendy Davis campaign, where she acted as an Community Organizer. From there, she joined the City of Austin as a Design, Technology and Innovation Fellow where her team designed and developed a better building permitting process for residents. Sarah enjoys gardening, spending time with her dogs, and testing out recipes on friends.