The Open Planning Project Hires Dan Kohn As Executive Director

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Former COO of Linux Foundation brings open source and business development expertise. The Open Planning Project (TOPP) has hired Dan Kohn as its Executive Director, responsible for managing the 60-person SoHo-based not-for-profit. Dan has spent the past 15 years helping manage forward-thinking technology organizations, and his knowledge of open source software and web publishing will be of significant value to TOPP.

The Open Planning Project (TOPP) has hired Dan Kohn as its Executive Director, responsible for managing the 60-person SoHo-based not-for-profit. Dan has spent the past 15 years helping manage forward-thinking technology organizations, and his knowledge of open source software and web publishing will be of significant value to TOPP.

"Dan has the same rare mix of interests that TOPP embodies," explains founder and chairman Mark Gorton. "His experience and ability are just what we need in an Executive Director."

Chris Holmes, director of TOPP's OpenGeo division, notes, “Dan’s leadership experience at the Linux Foundation, plus his technology and start-up knowledge will be invaluable as we grow open source geospatial technologies and their adoption by government and commercial enterprises.”

Dan was previously Chief Operating Officer of the Linux Foundation, the not-for-profit trade group working to promote, protect, and standardize Linux, and before that was a general partner at Skymoon Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm. Earlier, Dan helped manage telecoms firms controlled by Craig McCaw and founded NetMarket, one of the first commercial websites. He also helps run Healing Thresholds Autism Therapy.

Dan arrives at TOPP at an encouraging time. Cities around the country are embracing the Open311 initiative TOPP shepherds, and OpenGeo recently announced the release of the OpenGeo Enterprise Suite 1.0.

"We are at the forefront of using technology to create a more open and engaged society," says Dan. "I can't imagine a better way to positively impact New York, and all cities, than through leadership of TOPP."

About The Open Planning Project:
The Open Planning Project is building the new civic infrastructure. We develop open source software to help cities work better and produce journalism to hold them accountable. Our successes include Streetsblog.org, Streetfilms.org, GothamSchools.org, and OpenGeo.org.

In New York, our work has broken the policy gridlock and lit up the city grid with plazas, bike lanes, and better transit. The effects have rippled outward: the software and media tools we built to transform New York have caught on with people elsewhere and changed policies in dozens of cities.

TOPP's open source software projects are used around the world to help governments manage and share data. We aim to bootstrap the adoption of open source, creating an ecosystem of flexible, interoperable software for good government.

To learn more, visit http://www.openplans.org.

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