Our Team

Our team is made up of technologists, researchers, and designers who are passionate about bringing great technology and user centered design to governments. We bring this passion to every client relationship we have.

Reed Duecy-Gibbs


Reed is the Chief Executive Officer and coordinates mission, vision, and strategy for NextRequest. He focuses on building social trust through technology, transparency, and community. Prior to NextRequest, Reed was a fellow with Code for America and before that he was a Fulbright Scholar working on projects to make urban development information more accessible. In his free time he likes running with his dog, making things with his hands, and gardening.

Reed holds a Masters degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Colorado College.

Andy Hull


Andy sets the technical direction for NextRequest. Before starting NextRequest, Andy was part of the San Francisco Code for America fellowship team. Over the past ten years Andy has worked with government agencies, academic research groups, libraries, non-profits, and think tanks to create user-centered web applications.

He holds a BA in Geography and an MS in Information Science, both from the University of North Carolina.



Tamara works on operations, data, user research, and strategy at NextRequest. She’s committed to building cities, governments, and technologies that are both equitable and delightful. In 2013 she was a fellow at Code for America. Previously, she worked at Azavea where she led the spatial analysis and UX design teams and managed the development of web and mobile applications for clients ranging from local non-profits to federal agencies.

She studied Anthropology at Swarthmore College and did graduate work in Geography at Temple University. Outside the office she splits her time between backpacking in national parks and tinkering with sensors.

Rachel Meresman

Customer Experience Manager

Rachel manages everything customer-facing for NextRequest, including on-boarding, training, and ongoing support. Before NextRequest she was the product manager at TaroWorks, where she helped build tools for collecting data and managing field operations in emerging markets. She is a Bay Area native and holds a B.A. in English from Oberlin College.

Corey Andrade

Account Executive

Corey has been working with local and state governments since 2013. Prior to joining NextRequest Corey worked with local government agencies helping them use tools to identify and manage grant opportunities. He likes being of service and finding new ways to solve old problems using technology. Corey is pro all things Massachusetts!

Jordan Pailthorpe

Product Designer

Originally from the Boston area, Jordan has worked on products ranging from digital multiplayer games and civic engagement applications to international research studies. Previously a product designer at the Emerson College Engagement Lab, Jordan is now doing all things design at NextRequest. When not behind a computer or in front of a white board, you can find him riding motorcycles, backpacking national parks, and hosting game nights. Jordan holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

Ali Rexrode

Head of Marketing

Midwest born and raised, Ali has found her forever home in the Bay Area. Ali heads up marketing at NextRequest and came to us with over 8 years of experience in bringing startup stories to life. 

Ali studied Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University and has an MBA from Loyola University Chicago. When she’s not working on building brands and communities she's usually cooking up a storm or exploring with her dogs.

Ruben Cruz

Junior Developer

Ruben is a software developer who loves to code and build software for his community. Before working at NextRequest, Ruben worked with local non-profit organizations in Durham, NC. Throughout his spare time, he enjoys hiking trails, hanging with his pets and solving programming problems.

Yohanan Assefa

Junior Developer

Yohanan is a junior developer with a keen interest in civic tech. She is excited to work on software that enables local governments to efficiently process freedom of information requests. Prior to joining NextRequest, she worked in the nonprofit sector where she supported democracy activists and civil society organizations in East Africa who sought to hold their governments accountable. Yohanan has a certificate in Web Development from the Turing School of Software and Design and holds a Masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.

Alissa Letkowski

Sales Manager

Alissa is a recent West Coast transplant, but always a New Englander at heart. She has years of experience in bringing software solutions to local governments and other agencies that improve everyday processes and streamline workflow. Prior to entering the GovTech space, she worked as a publicist and as a news reporter and editor. Alissa earned an M.B.A from Quinnipiac University and a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Connecticut.

Carolina Yu

Office Manager

Carolina oversees the office and facilities operations at NextRequest. In her role, she wears various hats to keep the office flowing as smoothly as possible.  Prior to that, she worked as an office and human resources administrator at Code for America, a non-profit organization that works with residents and governments in solving community problems through technology. Having worked in the civic tech space for over 5 years, she believes in the power of technology to create a more efficient and transparent government for its citizens to have more equitable access to information and services. Outside the office, Carolina enjoys baking, hiking, swimming, and playing trivia games. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and currently attends Laney College in Oakland as a part-time pastry arts student.

Angélique Mansell

Account Manager

Angélique is an account manager who ensures that customers get the most out the NextRequest product and have guidance along the way. She brings to the role 14 years of records management and account management experience. Born and raised in New Jersey, Angélique spends her free time with her husband, two young children and a dog. The simple joys of family life keep her happy and busy. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and studied Adult Education at Pennsylvania State University.

Tom Potapenko

Business Development Representative

Living in the land of 10,000 lakes, our Russkiy Business Development Representative Tom enjoys spending his time in the great outdoors and taking in as much sun as possible before the long cold winter approaches. Having experience in many different industries, he now enjoys using his problem solving skills to help find the right solutions for local and state governments.

Eric Mersmann

Product Manager

As Product Manager, Eric ensures that the decisions and actions we make to improve the NextRequest app are consistent with the company mission and product strategy. He brings years of experience in civic tech and e-discovery to the role and is passionate about leveraging data to drive decision-making and leveraging experience design to improve public services.

Rachel Lanman

Software Developer

Born and raised in Chicago - Rachel moved to Seattle for her masters degree at University of Washington- Seattle, and has called Washington state home ever since. She is a software developer with an interest in database design, API’s, and system architecture. She enjoys problem solving and collaborating with her colleagues to implement thoughtfully written, scalable code. Rachel has a passion for transparent and effective government. She’s thrilled to be helping further that cause at NextRequest. When not coding, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and skiing in the Pacific Northwest.

Leah Jaggars

Customer Onboarding Specialist

Leah is a Washington native who brings 8 years of experience in software training, technical support, and process analysis to her role at NextRequest. Most recently she worked for a Washington state government agency where she trained users across the state how to use software and was a key contributor to the case management system replacement project. Leah is passionate about government transparency and developing simple solutions to complicated problems. In her spare time Leah is an avid baker, traveler, and pet owner. She currently resides in Tacoma and earned a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Washington.

Kristin Lussier

Business Development Representative

Born and raised in the Boston area, Kristin is excited to use her problem solving skills to improve efficiency for local and state governments. Before joining NextRequest, Kristin worked at Vistaprint where she helped streamline the ordering process of branded marketing materials. In her spare time, Kristin loves working out and being active. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and being outdoors. Kristin earned her B.S. in Psychology from Salem State University.