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We're Skylight!

Our mission is to make government work in a digital world.

Our story

Skylight was launched in June of 2017. We're currently made up of 49 people and one ferret. A lot of us originally worked for civic-oriented groups such as 18F, the U.S. Digital Service, and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Now, as part of Skylight, we're working hard to cultivate an incredible team and culture.

What brings us together is a passion for creating better outcomes for the public through great government digital services. We're basically impact junkies. But we're also engineers, developers, designers, product managers, consultants, writers, speakers, inventors, roboticists, gamers, authors, veterans, entrepreneurs, parents, and more. Such a diverse team always gives us a unique perspective on things.

Our official headquarters is in sunny Sarasota, Florida, but we're a distributed and remote-friendly team currently spread across 21 different states. Sometimes the nature of our client work calls for closer proximity to their location. So far, we've worked with clients located in places like Washington DC, Hartford (Connecticut), Montgomery (Alabama), Baltimore (Maryland), and Ottawa (Canada).

Meet the team

Chris Cairns

Digital Transformer

Chris served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, and co-founded 18F and Technology Transformation Services, both housed within the General Services Administration. He specializes in digital leadership and transformation, digital procurement, and product development and management. Chris lives in Florida.

Nicole Campbell

Product Manager

Nicole is a product manager with a passion for building technology that solves complex user problems. Most recently she worked as a consultant at Pivotal Labs/VMware to help transform the way large enterprises and startups build software. She specializes in extreme programming, lean product management, and user-centered design. Nicole lives in Illinois.

Victor Zapanta

UX Designer

Victor co-founded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Design+Tech team, and served as a member of 18F. His design leadership spans multiple high-profile projects, including,,, and He specializes in design leadership, service design, user experience design, and design research. Victor resides in New York.

Maya Benari

UX Designer

Maya is a former member of 18F where she worked on improving the user experience of government and developed the U.S. Web Design System. She specializes in front-end development, UX design, accessibility, and design systems. She's also a former Code for America fellow. Maya lives in California.

Lara Kohl

UX Designer

Lara is a former member of the U.S. Digital Service, where she served as the UX lead over the Veteran Appeals Modernization initiative. She's also a former professor at NYU, SUNY, and Pratt Institute. Lara specializes in design leadership, design research, service design, and user experience design. Lara lives in New York.

Shashank Khandelwal

Digital Transformer

Shashank is a former member of 18F, where he held multiple leadership positions, including Director of He's also a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Design+Tech fellow. Shashank specializes in digital leadership and transformation, digital procurement, software engineering, and cloud computing. He lives in Maryland.

Laura King

UX Designer

Laura is a UX researcher, strategist, and designer. She loves to solve complex problems by empathizing with and understanding the needs of users. Laura lives in Colorado.

Josh Dorothy

DevOps Engineer

Josh is a former member of the U.S. Digital Service, with an interest in building both great platforms and great products. He specializes in DevOps engineering, cloud computing, and user-focused software development. Josh resides in Virginia.

Abby Raskin

Product Manager

Abby is a former member of the U.S. Digital Service, who is drawn to complex problems and passionate about improving the human experience of technology. She specializes in product management and UX research. Abby lives in Texas.

Gabriel Ramirez

Software Engineer

Gabriel is a former member of 18F and Pivotal, who is passionate about coaching, mentoring, and technical excellence. He specializes in software engineering, APIs, DevSecOps, cloud computing, data engineering, and data science. Gabriel lives in Texas.

Ashley Treni

UX Designer

Ashley is a UX researcher and designer, with a background in information design and data visualization. As a Design Fellow for the social impact incubator, Blue Ridge Labs, she launched and co-founded Ashley currently teaches UX design at General Assembly. She lives in Rhode Island.

Robert Read

Software Engineer

Robert served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow and co-founded 18F. He's been programming since he was 13 years old, and holds a PhD in computer science. Robert builds robots, among other things, for public good. He specializes in software engineering, data science and engineering, engineering management, and agile practices. Robert lives in Texas.

Lesley Evans

UX Researcher

Lesley is a UX researcher, with a passion for creating delightful user experiences. She specializes in a variety of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, including user interviews, user modeling, usability testing, prototyping, and more. Lesley lives in Colorado.

Nick Bristow

Software Engineer

Nick is a former member of 18F, who relentlessly pursues creating products that are fully accessible and meet the needs of all users. He specializes in accessibility, software engineering, frontend development, and cloud computing. Nick resides in Virginia.

Geoff Mulligan

IoT Architect

Geoff served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, and has developed standards that power the internet, including IPv6 and 6LoWPAN. He specializes in Internet of Things, distributed and embedded systems engineering, networking technologies, and privacy and security. Geoff resides in Colorado.

Victoria Suwardiman

UX Researcher

Victoria is a UX researcher, who made the crossover from computer science. She specializes in a number of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, including usability testing, journey mapping, and wireframing. Victoria resides in Massachusetts.

Colin Craig

Software Engineer

Colin is a former member of 18F, who is passionate about coaching, mentoring, and leading. While at 18F, he served in technical leadership roles on products such as,,, and FBI Crime Data Explorer. He specializes in software engineering, APIs, DevOps, and data engineering. Colin lives in North Carolina.

Amelia Wellers

Product Manager

Amelia is a builder at heart. A recent graduate of Cornell Tech's MBA program, she has expertise in product management, digital strategy, and marketing. Amelia led digital transformation initiatives at the NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity and the Cambridge Innovation Center. She lives in New York.

Julia Hogan

Software Engineer

Julia is a software engineer excited that she's figured out how to use technology to help people. She's committed to the challenge of improving government services through the integration of smart digital solutions. She most recently worked as an employee of NYC government, building sites and services to increase data access. She lives in New York.

Andrew Wagner

Software Engineer

Andrew is a polyglot software engineer, with a passion for delivering technical excellence. He's worked in the govtech space his entire career, and specializes in software engineering, DevOps, microservices, APIs, and cloud computing. Andrew lives in Virginia.

Becca Bartola

UX Designer

Becca is a former Etsy designer, with a passion for creating positive change through great user experiences. She specializes in user research, user experience design, and visual design. Becca lives in Pennsylvania.

Sean Johnson

Software Engineer

Sean's built and exited two tech startups, one of which was bought by IBM. He's been programming since he was six years old, and specializes in software engineering, product management, and cloud computing. Sean lives in North Carolina.

Brandon Mader

Data Scientist & Engineer

Brandon is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College, where he earned a double major in Math and Computer Science. He's passionate about making a positive difference through data science, engineering, and analytics. Brandon lives in Ohio.

Kin Lane

API Architect

Kin served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, and is a world-recognized expert in APIs. Since 2010, he has written over 3,000 articles and spoken at over 50 events on API-related topics. Kin also specializes in software engineering, microservices, data science and engineering, cloud computing, and enterprise software. He lives in Washington.

Peggy Chau

UX Researcher

Peggy is a UX researcher and designer who transitioned from clinical neuroscience research. She's worked on various projects, from researching robot vacuums with Samsung to redesigning a pain communication app with UPMC. Peggy lives in Massachusetts.

Zack Gehin

UX Designer

Zack is certified in UX by the Nielsen Norman Group and specializes in complex application design. His entrepreneurial spirit adds a unique approach towards empathizing for users and identifying the right problems to solve. He's helped form design teams, and served as a design leader in the non-profit, financial investments, and healthcare industries. Zack lives in Alabama.

Nick Clyde

Software Engineer

Nick is a software engineer with a passion for using technology to solve the right kinds of problems. He especially enjoys building APIs, designing and optimizing databases, and crafting system architectures. He has experience working on and improving high-traffic government digital services. Nick lives in California.

Eric Richards

UX Researcher

Eric is a UX researcher and designer, with a passion for co-creation and tackling complex social challenges. He was a 2019 Civic Digital Fellow at 18F and graduated from UC San Diego with degrees in Human-Computer Interaction and Design for Social Innovation. Eric lives in California.

Charlye Tran

Product Manager

Charlye loves to solve complex problems. As a former software and data engineer, she now specializes in product management and is certified in UX by Nielsen Norman Group. Charlye lives in Alabama.

Tomi Obikunle

UX Researcher

Tomi is a UX researcher and designer who strives to meet and honor people where they are. She specializes in continuous discovery, usability testing, and user-centered design. Tomi currently lives in Illinois.

Adam Weber

Software Engineer

Adam is a software engineer who likes to solve hard problems and build products that delight users. He's been coding since age 10 and specializes in fixing mystery bugs, integrating with legacy systems, and "just making stuff work." Adam lives in Oregon.

Phoebe Espiritu

Product Designer

Phoebe has over 20 years of product design, UX design, and leadership experience. She was named among the 25 Women Driving New York's Tech Scene. Previously, she served as a member of 18F, taught MFA Design Entrepreneurship at Parsons Design and Technology, mentored dozens of startups, and led design at a number of technology companies.

Elisa Lee

Software Engineer

Elisa is a software engineer with a desire to use technology to support positive change in communities. Elisa's previously worked in the developer tools, education technology, and non-profit spaces. Elisa lives in Minnesota.

Kyle Magida

Data Scientist & Engineer

Kyle specializes in data science and engineering. He's passionate about getting people solving complex problems the right data at the right time. He formerly worked for the Massachusetts Data Office, and was in the inaugural class of the University of Chicago's Computational Analysis & Public Policy program. Kyle lives in Massachusetts.

Olivia Lucas

UX Researcher

Olivia is a UX researcher and designer, who previously worked at Fjord. She's passionate about combining qualitative and quantitative research methods to solve complex problems in a human-centered way. Olivia lives in Georgia.

Jordan Guinn

Software Engineer

Jordan is devoted to building products and platforms that deliver great user experiences. He specializes in software engineering, data engineering, and DevOps. Jordan lives in Oregon.

Kari Hodges

UX Researcher

Kari is a UX researcher with experience in startup, higher education, and non-profit industries. Before Skylight, she was a UX research consultant and growth strategist for health-tech companies integrating AI into their service models. As an MBA from MIT, Kari leverages interdisciplinary collaboration and frameworks to create human-centered solutions. She lives in Rhode Island.

Lucas Newman

Software Engineer

Lucas is a software engineer with an unflinching faith in the ethical potential of technology to solve big societal problems. He specializes in mobile application architecture and engineering. Lucas lives in Georgia.

Kenny Nieh

Product Designer

Kenny is a product designer, inclusive systems thinker, and people person. They work through the whole gamut of product design to create experiences that fit into people's lives. Kenny lives in California.

Rebecca Lubitz-Marchena

UX Content Strategist

Rebecca is a content strategist with a background in product marketing, UX writing, and localization. She enjoys turning complex concepts into plain language and creating great experiences through human-centered content. Rebecca lives in California.

Chris Smith

Digital Transformer

Chris is an experienced executive with nearly 20 years of leading technology consulting and delivery teams in support of government clients. He lives in Maryland.

Jamie Song

Product Manager

Jamie is a product manager with a passion for good, clean product experiences. She excels at leading and managing cross-functional teams across the entire product lifecycle. Jamie lives in Washington DC.

Always at your service

If you have a question for us, or would just like to get in touch, drop us a message at [email protected]. If you'd like to inquire about hiring us for a job, fill out this short form. If you're interested in joining our team, check out our career opportunities. If you'd like to explore forming a partnership to pursue government opportunities, let's talk business.

We love to share our thoughts on technology, design, procurement, business, culture, and more with the world. You can read up on our latest thinking at our company blog.

You can also follow along on Twitter @skylight_hq.

Feel free to reach out directly to one of our leaders — Chris Cairns, Shashank Khandelwal, or Phoebe Espiritu.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.