LISTEN: San Rafael Digital Service Director Rebecca Woodbury on building open culture in government

After the launch of Code California, speakers from the December 2018 event are returning for a more in-depth conversation about open source and open government.

AGL and Code California hosted Rebecca Woordbury, Director of Digital Service and Open Government at San Rafael, and Angie Quirarte, Assistant Secretary for Digital Engagement at California Government Operations Agency, for a town hall-style talk with audience questions.


  • How Code California aims to take a unique approach to implementing open source policy (4:20)
  • How San Rafael is re-imagining government in the 21st century (16:24)
  • On questioning the status quo and learning from failure (17:35)
  • On the agile revamp of the city website and working in the open (19:30)
  • Taking transparency and communication beyond “the letter of the law” (20:55)
  • Giving back to the local government community through openness (24:12)
  • Overcoming resistance to open culture (26:28)
  • Sharing information or tools across agencies (35:49)
  • Examples of getting feedback from the public (36:15)
  • How to get from “buzz” to “doing” (39:44)


Listen now

“Working in the open is a way to give back to the local government community.”

Rebecca Woodbury
2019-02-14T16:23:22-08:00 February 14th, 2019|Categories: Agile government, AGL Town Hall, Audio, Free and Open Source, San Rafael|Tags: , , |

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