Adriel Hampton is chief organizer for NationBuilder,a platform-as-a-service offering for organizations,co-founder and producer of the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast,and president of the San Francisco Technology Democrats. He is a professional speaker and advises governments,politicians,NGOs and businesses on social media and technology innovation.
He is a passionate advocate for harnessing emerging technologies to make government more effective,collaborative and transparent. The Berkeley-educated communicator is an early Gov 2.0 adopter and serves as a regular host of the popular public interest podcast Gov 2.0 Radio,which has featured O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly,New York Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin,State Department social media expert Lovisa Williams,Craigslist.com founder Craig Newmark,and EPA Web communications director Jeffrey Levy.
Adriel is a community leader and manager for major social networking groups focused on government innovation,and,in 2009,he generated national attention with a social media-fueled campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Adriel began experimenting with new media as a design and editorial manager for the San Francisco Examiner,where he launched the paper’s first blog,a supplement to his political column,The Body Politic. He has also served as an editor and manager for the Bay Area Newspaper Group,the Lodi-News Sentinel,and the San Joaquin Delta College Impact.
Adriel has spoken on Gov 2.0,social media for government,podcasting,the future of governance,innovation,and blogging at Webzine,the National Association of Government Web Managers National Conference,Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp,Gov 2.0 Kuala Lumpur,and at pro bono “Citizen 2.0” events. He has used his social media expertise to help preserve parkland in California,and to promote open government principles through prominent Twitter accounts @govwiki and @citizensuite and a Citizen 2.0 page on Facebook.
From 2005 to 2011,Adriel worked as an investigator for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He brought the office into the Web 2.0 world in early 2009,launching the @SFCityAttorney Twitter account and growing it to more than 5,500 followers. Adriel also launched the City Attorney’s official Flickr account. He continues to advice City Attorney Dennis Herrera on social media and technological innovation.
Adriel is also an advisor for LegiNation,a startup focused on access and interaction with state legislative data.
He lives in California and enjoys visiting in-laws in Tokyo and roaming the metropolis with a camera.
E-mail:adriel (at) adrielhampton.com
“His knowledge of the inner workings of …government are of tremendous value to any organization.” –David J. Canepa,Daly City councilman,2008
“Genius govie” –Steve Ressler,founder,GovLoop,2008
“Smart and solid” –San Francisco Bay Guardian,2007
“Brilliant political insider” –BeyondChron.com,2005
“Person of the Year” –SanFranciscoSentinel.com,2003
Media and Political Strategy
San Francisco City Attorney on Flickr,2010 –Created an official Flickr account to outreach to the local photography community and to supplement sharing on Twitter.
Gov 2.0 Radio, 2009 – Created the Government 2.0 Radio podcast,a weekly live internet radio show that has featured tech and public policy leaders including Jeffrey Levy of the Federal Web Managers Council,Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media,former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber,and Craig Newmark,founder of Craigslist. The most prominent Gov 2.0 podcast in the U.S.,Gov 2.0 Radio has 30,000 references cataloged by Google.
San Francisco City Attorney on Twitter,2009 –Worked with state and federal Gov 2.0 experts to develop and launch an official Twitter account for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. After one month,the account was measured in the 97th percentile of influential Twitter accounts.
BART Congestion Pricing,2008 –Formed and recruited members for an anti-congestion pricing group on Facebook. The effort was covered by the San Francisco Chronicle’s “City Insider”blog. The group also supported the successful state bond initiative for high-speed rail.
Canepa for Daly City Council,2008 –Served as chief media and policy strategist for David J. Canepa’s successful campaign to unseat an incumbent on the Daly City Council. The campaign emphasized the simple and consistent message of citizen engagement and change,with a strong component of outreach to ethnic communities and press.
Walnut Creek Library,2005-2006 –Founded “Save Civic Park” to shape plans for a new downtown library in Walnut Creek’s Civic Park. Successfully opposed a plan to use eminent domain to take a historical private property,opposed a general obligation bond that would have supported a multi-level garage in the park,and supported a compromise project with a smaller underground parking component. The campaign received ongoing coverage in the Contra Costa Times and its Walnut Creek Journal,and in the San Francisco Chronicle.
SAN FRANCISCO CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE,March 2005-May 2011
Investigator,new media outreach strategist
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER,November 2000-March 2005
Political Editor,other editorial and design roles
COMCAST CITYDESK NEWSHOUR,June 2002-March 2005
ANG NEWSPAPERS (MEDIANEWS GROUP),June 1999-November 2000
Hayward Daily-Review News Editor;News Center Copy Editor
LODI NEWS-SENTINEL,July 1998-June 1999
Copy Editor;Asst. Sports Editor
IMPACT NEWSPAPER (San Joaquin Delta College,Stockton),1997-1999
CALAVERAS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE,1995-1996
University of California,Berkeley,BA,Rhetoric,2001
San Joaquin County Delta College,AA,High Honors,Communications,1999
Columbia College (Sonora,CA),Dean’s Honor List,1996