Dave Seliger

Using design to transform cities and government.


Founder of Public School


Internal innovation lead for NYC Mayor's Office of Tech + Innovation

Co-founder of Designing for Financial Empowerment

Co-founder of Civic Service



Dave left government to launch Public School, a new non-profit that trains the next generation of public servants to be creative problem-solvers.


Dave joined the new NYC Mayor's Office of Tech + Innovation to lead internal innovation and talent initiatives.


Dave co-founded Designing for Financial Empowerment with public and private partners in order to use service design to help low-income New Yorkers.


Dave co-founded Civic Service with Parsons the New School for Design and also started working for the NYC Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations.


Dave graduated from Dartmouth College and served as a disaster responder during Hurricane Sandy while at the NYC Office of Emergency Management.


NYC Jobs Website

New York City government's Jobs website promotes about 3,300 jobs on any given day. Although the website was given a temporary rebranding in 2013, there was no strategy behind how the City recruits talent. I worked with multiple City agencies to redesign the website from scratch, make it mobile responsive, and attractive to multiple user bases. The final design was built in Bootstrap and then rebuilt within the City's CMS.

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Designing for Financial Empowerment

A cross-sector initiative to explore how service design can be used to make public sector financial empowerment services more effective and accessible. The initiative is a partnership between the Parsons DESIS Lab, the City of New York, and Citi Community Development, and was a runner-up in the 2016 Core77 Design Awards.

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NYC Tech Jobs

A micro-site that helps City agencies recruit socially minded millennials who might otherwise join start-ups. Multiple agencies asked the Mayor's Office of Tech + Innovation to design a microsite that would market critical and hard-to-fill tech jobs in a more compelling way. I designed, developed, and open-sourced the website on GitHub—and other cities are using it!

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NYC Tech Jobs Videos

As part of the process of launching the NYC Tech Jobs micro-site, I had the opportunity to work with NYC Media and creative direct three videos featuring City employees talking about their jobs. The videos come across as raw—the subjects fumble words and laugh out of awkwardness—but also very human.

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A new platform for delivering digital services more effectively. Inspired by similar efforts in the UK, Boston, and Philadelphia, I initially catalogued New York City's digital presence—over 340 different websites!—and then proposed an alpha.nyc.gov that would integrate the most-used public services that accounted for over 50% of web traffic.

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City Hall Lightning Talks

A series of talks from dozens of different City agencies on a range of tech, design, data, community engagement, and other innovation topics. The Lightning Talks were only open to City employees and offered a chance to learn about other agencies, share innovative ideas, and build a network of interagency collaborators.

Civic Service

A bottom-up approach to embedding service design in government. Founded in 2013 at the Parsons DESIS Lab, Civic Service promoted design in government by hosting 34 events just for public servants, then collaborates with these internal champions to launch service design projects for their agencies.

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Futuring Workforce Development

A partnership between Civic Service, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and Open Society Foundations to explore the future of workforce development in New York City in the year 2040. The project was a runner-up in the 2015 Core77 Design Awards.

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Civic Design Camp

A day-long "unconference" that brought together 75 public servants, designers and innovators to create connections, share knowledge, and strengthen the emerging movement dedicated to creating better citizen experiences. The event was co-sponsored by the Knight Foundation and Code for America.

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Route77 Roadtrip

Three days after graduating from college, I left on a roadtrip across the country—and ultimately visited 36 states in 38 days. The best part was that I got to interview designers for Core77 everywhere I went!

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Writing & Speaking