Tom Adkins founded Open Organize in the summer of 2007, after years of working for progressive campaigns and non-profits. In nine years of operation, Open Organize has delivered strategic consulting and custom development services to a variety of clients in the labor and environmental movement, and educational, governmental, and non-profit sectors.
In fall of 2016, Adkins is founding New School SIS, a company that will launch a student information system (SIS) for independent and non-traditional schools prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year. The software helps schools achieve seamless communication between teachers, social service providers, administrators, and parents.
New School SIS builds on Adkins’ extensive experience working with Washington, DC-area charter and non-public schools. Adkins consulted for Petties Special Master Elise Baach and The District of Columbia Association for Special Education (DCASE) from 2007 through 2011, where he was mentored by Anne Gay. During this time, Open Organize developed an assessment tracking system for special education students that helped the District of Columbia clear a long backlog of required assessments. From 2009-2011, Open Organize also piloted attendance, grade book, discipline, and related service tracking software at a DC-based non-public school.
From 2011-2016, Adkins served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the The Next Step Public Charter School.
With Open Organize, Adkins provided strategic technology consulting services to two non-profit journalism start-ups: Banyan Project (2011 – present) and Food Tank (2013 – 2015). For each organization, Adkins managed all aspects of technology strategy, including CMS and CRM integration; he also conceived of Food Tank’s successful membership program.
From 2012 through 2015, Adkins led a team of consultants who helped design, and then build the North American Portal on Climate Pollutants for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The portal includes a first of its kind semantic tagging framework for air pollutant inventories, designed to enhance the comparability of disparate sources of air pollutant data.
In 2009, Adkins co-founded Climate Lab, a wiki on issues related to climate change that was used by several NGOs and university environmental studies programs.
Prior to founding Open Organize, Adkins worked for a variety of progressive non-profits and campaigns. In 2005, he managed the research project into elections irregularities that led to the founding of the Fair Elections Legal Network. In 2002, he was Deputy Director of the anti-commercialism non-profit Commercial Alert.
Adkins grew up in Newton, MA and graduated from Portland State University (OR) in 2004.
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