Project Lead Volunteer

We’re looking for empathetic, communicative, and organized volunteers to lead USDR projects. Great candidates bring experience from technology backgrounds such as product management, design, user research, engineering, data science, and content strategy. Above all, they take an agile, iterative approach to discovering human-centric solutions with our government partners.

About U.S. Digital Response

Founded by former U.S. Deputy CTOs and seasoned tech industry veterans who led federal open data policies and digital government strategy, U.S. Digital Response is a nonpartisan, nonprofit effort that connects pro bono tech expertise with governments and organizations responding to crisis. USDR serves the immediate needs of the public by quickly activating highly-skilled talent, leveraging modern technology, and providing tactical surge capacity to public servants on the front line. Learn more about our work at or by reading our recent press coverage.

You might be a good fit for this role if:

  • You have great client management skills. Government workers are in a tough position: they’re facing problems at an unprecedented scale, under tight timelines. Project Leads show up on calls as authoritative and proactive, but also empathetic, flexible, and respectful. No tech saviorism!
  • You have the technical background to design solutions to our partners’ needs. You should be comfortable prototyping, evaluating, and recommending common technology solutions and workflows. (This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be able to code!)
  • You can zoom out to the big picture, working with the rest of the Projects Team to identify opportunities to make broader impact. For example, a solution designed for one state may be reusable in others.
  • Given the urgency of this need, we’re looking for volunteers with proven experience managing projects.
  • You have at least 20 hours per week to volunteer with USDR for at least two months.

Our commitment to our volunteers:

  • Engage in real work that will affect the quality of real people’s lives. Our partners are looking to USDR volunteers for help solving tangible problems.
  • Learn from experts in the field. Elected officials and longtime govtech practitioners are involved in USDR on a day-to-day basis. We regularly host talks and happy hours with experts from the wider community.
  • Experience the challenge of applying what you already know to a new problem. Volunteers often find that the skills they’ve acquired are highly transferable to public sector work, and highly prized by public servants.
  • Be part of a team and community that’s building something bigger to create lasting change. Today’s crises are an opportunity to make governments more responsive for future crises.

Learn more about this role

We recently held an Info Session about this role. You can watch that info session on Youtube.

Sign up to volunteer with USDR

Volunteers submit an application that is reviewed by the USDR team for skills and commitment. If we believe the applicant could be a good fit for a placement, we conduct a screening call where we discuss their specific qualifications, interest, and availability. We’ll do our best to match you and will reach out to volunteers as we find matching projects for you to take on.