Post-pandemic, what’s next for USDR?

The U.S. Digital Response's CEO says the group's role will continue to expand beyond emergency support.

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The U.S. Digital Response, a national nonprofit launched by the country’s most prominent civic technologists at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, enlisted thousands of volunteer engineers, designers and developers to aid state and local governments with their digital transformations over the past 18 months.

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But as much of the country rebuilds its physical and digital infrastructure in the face of historic wildfires, hurricanes and drought, there’s opportunity for organizations like USDR to continue their mission, said Jessica Cole, its recently appointed CEO.

In an interview with StateScoop earlier this month, Cole shared the vision for her organization’s role in supporting state and local governments — today and in the future.