Meet the California Civic Data Coalition's first student developer

His name is Sahil Chinoy

The California Civic Data Coalition is proud to welcome Sahil Chinoy as its first student developer.

Sahil Chinoy
Sahil Chinoy

Chinoy, an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, is joining our open-source effort to master CAL-ACCESS, the jumbled, dirty and difficult government database that tracks campaign finance and lobbying activity in California politics.

While studying physics and economics, Chinoy has also created stories, news applications and interactive graphics for The Daily Californian.

Last summer he interned at the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, one of the partners on the CAL-ACCESS project.

You can email Sahil at [email protected]. On Twitter he is @sahilchinoy. On GitHub he is sahilchinoy.

On weekdays Sahil and the coalition’s leadership team can be found in the #california-civic-data channel of the News Nerdery Slack account.

His work is paid for by philanthropic funding from the Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation. The grant was awarded last year when the coalition was named a winner of the Knight News Challenge.

If you’re a California student interested in working with our team, reach out today to [email protected].