About OpenPlans

We’re working towards cities where communities are partners in shaping neighborhoods, where transportation systems are designed in collaboration with everyone who rides them, and where planners and other professionals are engaging the public in ongoing, productive conversations about positive change.

OpenPlans is a 501(c)3. In addition to our current transportation and planning work, we previously incubated and launched Boundless (formerly OpenGeo), Streetfilms, Streetsblog, and Chalkbeat (formerly GothamSchools). Our previous open source software work has included substantial contributions to projects like OpenTripPlanner and OpenTripPlanner Analyst, and more.

  • OpenPlans
  • 148 Lafayette Street, 12th Floor
  • New York, NY 10013
  • (917) 388-9033 Phone
  • (646) 390-2624 Fax

Our Team

Frank Hebbert Director

Frank is interested in creating radically better planning outcomes through the intersection of planning, technology and public participation.

Ellen McDermott Director of Operations

Ellen is responsible for all the financial, administrative and operations aspects of the organization.

Andy Cochran Creative Director

Andy leads visual design and interface work on OpenPlans’ projects.

Kelly Donohue Operations Associate

Kelly assists Ellen in financial operations and event planning.

Aaron Ogle CTO

Aaron believes that software can be used to build for a better world.

Mjumbe Poe Software Developer

Mjumbe enjoys projects that empower others to understand and affect their environments.

Jon Tehrani Research Fellow

Jon is our latest research fellow, analyzing how planners use OpenPlans.

Shraddha Ramani Fellow

Shraddha is analyzing how cities and communities are using Shareabouts.

The Board

Mark Gorton (Founder and President), Andrew Hoppin (New Amsterdam Ideas), Gabe Klein, Joseph Lipman (Hospital for Special Surgery), Christopher Tucker (Yale House Ventures), Jennifer Walker (Joseph Brooke LLC)

Who's got OpenPlans?

Our day-to-day work is spent creating beautiful, effective online tools to gather public input and share information. We’re proud to have partnered with cities large and small on projects, and we have a great track record of making tangible steps towards a better planning process.

  • Alliance for Walking and Biking
  • Alta Planning
  • Baker
  • Boston Globe
  • Cambridge Systematics
  • City of Chicago
  • City of Philadelphia
  • City of West Hollywood
  • Columbia Daily Tribune
  • Connecticut Department of Transportation
  • ITP
  • Knight Foundation
  • Living Cities
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • National Association of City Transportation Officials
  • Nelson\Nygaard
  • NYC Department of Transportation
  • Oregon Metro
  • Orton Family Foundation
  • Philadelphia Foundation
  • PlaceMatters
  • Project for Public Spaces
  • Public Laboratory
  • Purpose
  • Ride Connection
  • Sam Schwartz Engineering
  • Sound Transit
  • State of Rhode Island
  • The Municipal Art Society of New York
  • The Sonoran Institute
  • TreeKIT
  • Trimet