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Alan Palazzolo

I am driven to make the world a better place through collaboration, open source, and community with a focus on telling compelling stories with data and code.


Professional experience

Front-end Engineer at VoteShield

2019 - present, remote for New York City, USA

Working to create an impactful, informative, and enjoyable user experience that helps election administrators and internal analysts monitor anomalous activity in voter registration data.

Newsroom Developer at Star Tribune

2017 - 2019, Minneapolis, USA

Worked across the newsroom to elevate digital story-telling in the organization as well as improved workflows and processes.

Front-end Developer at WNYC

2015 - 2017, remote for New York City, USA

Part of the DataNews team, we worked independently and with other staff in the newsroom to enhance audio and digital pieces with data analysis, visuals, and interactive experiences.

Interactive News Developer at MinnPost

2012 - 2015, Minneapolis, USA

Implementing interactive stories and pieces in collaboration with reporters and the data team.

Code for America Fellow

2011, San Francisco, USA

Created open source tools for cities to utilize and replicate in multiple places, while shifting culture around technology use within government.

Web Manager at Shelter Centre

2009 - 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

Administered, developed, and enhanced the organization’s web services, as well as managed the entire office technology infrastructure.

Senior Developer at Chicago Technology Cooperative

2008 - 2009, Minneapolis, USA

Database Administrator at Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2005 - 2008, Minneapolis, USA

Administered multiple MS SQL Server instances. Focused on cleaning, enhancing, and maintaining Jenzabar, an education-focused, integrated, database application. Maintained and developed multiple web sites and web servers. Focused on adding functionality to existing web sites.


Speaking engagements

Community leadership

I am active in fostering and creating in-person and online communities.


The following are some of the more significant events I have attended over the years that have not been mentioned previously.

Formal education

BBA, Computer Information Systems from Appalachian State University

2000 - 2004, Boone, NC, USA

A comprehensive program that focused on various systems and project management. I was Team Leader and Lead Programmer on final project building payroll system for current employer.