Code for Kentuckiana is the official Code for America Brigade for Louisville, Ky. Currently, there are 70+ Brigades across the United States, bringing together community organizers, developers, and designers to use technology to improve the lives of citizens.
Our mission is to organize and advocate for the use of public data and technology to make Louisville and Southern Indiana a more safe, resilient, and equitable place.
Code for Kentuckiana is governed by a Steering Committee and is led by two steering committee members who have been elected co-captains.
Robert Kahne is a native Louisvillian who works for Splash Analytics. He has been active in civic technology for several years and is passionate about the intersection of technology and government. As a data scientist and holder of a degree in public policy from the University of Kentucky’s Martin School, Code for Kentuckiana gives Robert the chance to put two of his favorite subjects together.
In addition to CFK, Robert also serves on the board of Highland Community Ministries and is active at Highland Baptist Church. You can also hear him on his podcast about Kentucky government and politics, My Old Kentucky Podcast!
Kehontas is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and is a US Veteran holding two honorable discharges. Kehontas has a BA in Technology, Arts and Society from Mills College, an MSc in Cyber and Information Security and a Ph.D. candidate in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences (BADS).
Kehontas has volunteered and worked with women and girl tech-centered spaces including Black Girls Code, Julia Morgan School for Girls, Women of Color Resource Center and founded the Mills College group Women in Math and Computer Science. Kehontas is a Google Women Techmakers Scholar ‘12. Kehontas is a contributor to “Misogynistic Language on Twitter”, research that identifies the correlation between degrading tweets towards women and reported rape statistics per capita by state.
Kehontas has a strong interest in improving the lives of individuals and groups who are not at the forefront of exposure or resources through technical and civic engagement and works a Data Analyst for Kentucky Youth Advocates.
Steering Committee Members
Harrell is the Founder and Principal of Lazarus Group LLC, a firm engaged in crafting redevelopment strategies for distressed properties, corridors, and communities. As its Hyperlocal Data Team Leader Harrell assists the University of Louisville’s Center for Environmental Policy and Management (CEPM) with its US EPA Brownfields Community Benefits Assessment Project. Outside of his vocation Harrell is a board member of Bicycling for Louisville, a not for profit active transportation advocacy, and has volunteered for many Food Co-Op and local food initiatives in Indianapolis and Louisville. Harrell launched ConnectOurCore.org in 2013 to advocate for community connectivity in the form of urban pathways connecting Louisville and Southern Indiana neighborhoods. In 2009 Harrell create the first GIS-based public inventory of brownfield sites in the state of Indiana. In this early effort Harrell cultivated a fondness for fresh data, and burning desire to daylight Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. Harrell remains devoted to promoting free-range public data & using it for civic benefit.
Loren is a Kentucky native who has lived in Louisville since 2010. She is a passionate believer in free and equitable access to information as a key component of social justice. She has spent her career serving at various nonprofits and is particularly interested in supporting families and individuals impacted by generational poverty.
Currently, Loren works with Jewish Family & Career Services providing case management and counseling services for at-risk families. She is nearly finished with her Masters in Social Work at Spalding University and will begin working towards her therapist license in the summer.
Dawn Howard is a local CPA with her own practice – JDawn Consulting. Born and raised in Kentucky, she has called Louisville home for the past 10 years. In addition to open data, she is also interested in criminal and social justice issues as well as knitting, craft beer, and bad television when she finds the time.
Bret Walker is a software engineer. His interest in applying technology to inform and empower the public is the reason he launched Louie Watch, a site to aggregate disperate data sets to a block level, in 2013. That same year, he also became involved in Code for America through their brigade network. Bret has also served as a mentor at Code Louisville.