Dan Parham portraitI co-founded Neighborland, a new way for people to shape the development of their communities with Candy Chang and Tee Parham. Neighborland is a communications platform (SaaS) that empowers civic organizations to collaborate with their stakeholders in an accessible, participatory, and equitable way. As a social enterprise, Neighborland has worked with over 200 civic organizations including city agencies, universities, foundations, and local non-profits. Projects on Neighborland have yielded over $500m in social and economic impact. Over 1,000,000 U.S. residents have participated on Neighborland projects to date.

In 2010, I traveled across Asia to research, photograph, and write about urban design. Some of my observations are collected here. Along the way, I spent time researching urban design and advocacy planning theory. I moved to New Orleans to collaborate with Candy on “I Wish This Was,” which inspired Neighborland.

Before founding Neighborland, I was a Director of User Experience at Yahoo, working for the Marketplaces and Advertising Platform teams. As a Director of UX, I led product design and research for Yahoo Autos and Real Estate. I also led the integration of the Right Media Exchange product design team into Yahoo’s core advertising platform team. At Yahoo, I focused on recruiting 12 exceptional product designers into the company, and built high performing, distributed design teams across offices in New York, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles.

Previously, I was the Associate Creative Director for Aol’s entertainment division. I recruited, hired, and managed over 30 product designers and developers in Aol’s New York City office. I was the Creative Director of several of the company’s most successful products, including Aol Music. In 2007, I led a small, internal team of designers and developers on Aol’s platform redesign, which was used by over 250 million people, and delivered over $2b in advertising revenue for the company.

I have spoken about urban design at the Smart Cities World Congress in Barcelona, American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, California Historical Society in San Francisco, Adaptive Metropolis Conference at the University of California Berkeley, Neighborworks Training Institute, and SPUR. I have mentored at Code for America and Matter.

My work has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation, Venice Biennale of Architecture, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

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