Andrew Hoppin

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Andrew Hoppin
Born (1971-07-12) July 12, 1971 (age 47)
Occupation entrepreneur, information technology professional

Andrew Hoppin (born July 12, 1971) is a civic technology entrepreneur, investor and advocate for OpenSaaS software. He has worked on open source software development and is a former Chief Information Officer for the New York State Senate.


Hoppin attended Brown University as an undergraduate student and received a master's degree in environmental science, policy and management in 1998 from the University of California-Berkeley.[1]


During the 2004 U.S. Democratic presidential primaries, Hoppin worked to develop the online campaign for candidate Wesley Clark.[2] He went on to become director of business strategy for CivicSpace, a for-profit company founded by veterans of the Clark and Howard Dean campaigns which sought to pick up "where the technical arms of the Dean and Clark campaigns left off" by developing an open source set of software tools based on the Drupal content management system "to help progressive political groups build and publish Web sites, blogs, forums, and photo galleries, create polls and surveys, organize events, create mailing lists, and more."[3]

Hoppin subsequently founded GoodStorm Inc. (now Zazzle), an online marketplace that allows designers and customers to create their own products. He worked as a consultant building online communities for the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In 2009 he was appointed Chief Information Officer of the New York State Senate where he encouraged the use of open source software to rebuild the senate's website and oversaw the creation of new systems to promote "transparency, efficiency and participation."[4] These systems included OpenLegislation, a web service that delivers real-time legislative information to the public and "Bluebird," a constituent relationship management application based on CiviCRM.[5]

Upon leaving the Senate in 2011, Hoppin and Sheldon Rampton co-founded NuCivic, a private company which built open source projects for government clients, including an open data platform called DKAN. NuCivic was acquired in December 2014 by GovDelivery, a government communications firm in St. Paul, Minnesota (now Granicus).[6] [7] Hoppin continued as president of the Granicus Open Data team until January 2017. After leaving Granicus, he became an investor Fellow with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship in New Zealand,[8] where he builds and invests in civic technology and blockchain solutions that support democracy.[9]

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Hoppin has served as an advisor or director of civic technology organizations including OpenPlans, Civic Commons, the New Organizing Institute, and Netroots Nation. He currently chairs the board of directors of Global Integrity, an independent, nonprofit organization tracking governance and corruption trends around the world using local teams of researchers and journalists to monitor openness and accountability.[10]


  1. ^ "LinkedIn profile of Andrew Hoppin". Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  2. ^ Feld, Lowell; Wilcox, Nate (2008). Netroots Rising: How a Citizen Army of Bloggers and Online Activists is Changing American Politics. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 38. ISBN 0313346607. 
  3. ^ McKay, Corinne (June 23, 2005). "CivicSpace Labs: Better politics through open source". Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ "New York State Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin Awarded 2010 State CIO of the Year". Government Technology. April 29, 2010. Retrieved April 1, 2018. 
  5. ^ "NY Senate Open Source Projects". Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  6. ^ Shueh, Jason (December 17, 2014). "GovDelivery Acquires NuCivic for Open Data Addition to its Engagement Tools". Government Technology. Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ Miller, Ben (October 25, 2016). "Granicus Merges with GovDelivery". Government Technology. Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ "EHF Fellow: Andrew Hoppin". Edmund Hillary Fellowship. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  9. ^ "Watch: Andrew Hoppin, Building Trust Between Governments and Citizens". Edmund Hillary Fellowship. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Global Integrity website". Global Integrity. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 

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