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Cyd Harrell is a UX researcher and product manager who got hooked on civic tech at early 2010s hackathons. Since 2012, Cyd has focused her career on public interest tech, working with the Center for Civic Design, where she led research for Field Guides 7, Designing election department websites, and Code for America, where she headed User Experience and then Product. Cyd joined the federal government’s 18F in 2016 and served as a Strategy Lead and then as 18F’s first Chief of Staff. Cyd is currently consulting as Service Design Lead with the Judicial Council of California, helping improve the UX of the civil justice system. She is the author of the 2020 book A Civic Technologist’s Practice Guide, an onboarding guide and survival manual for tech people joining public sector work. Over the years, Cyd has been a mentor to many people in the field, and she is dedicated to a more inclusive, more capable, and better coordinated public interest tech movement.