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Dan Parham

Neighborland
Co-Founder & CEO
Dan Parham co-founded Neighborland with Candy Chang and Tee Parham. Neighborland is a communications platform (SaaS) that empowers civic organizations to collaborate with their stakeholders in an accessible, participatory, and equitable way. As a social enterprise, Neighborland has worked with over 200 civic organizations including city agencies, universities, foundations, and local non-profits. Over 750,000 U.S. residents have participated on Neighborland projects to date.

Neighborland is a distributed company with employees in Boulder, New Orleans, Oakland, and San Francisco. Dan led Neighborland’s $1.25m seed funding in 2012 with True Ventures, Obvious Corporation, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, SV Angel, and Crunchfund. Projects on Neighborland have yielded over $100m in social and economic impact, including the $30m community benefit agreement negotiation between the City of San Francisco and Central Market businesses (including Twitter, Spotify, and Microsoft).

In 2010, Dan traveled across Asia to research, photograph, and write about urban design. Inspired by Candy's tactical civic engagement installations at the time, he moved to New Orleans to collaborate with Candy on developing products for Civic Center. Neighborland is based on Candy’s project “I Wish This Was.”

Before founding Neighborland, Dan was a Director of User Experience at Yahoo, working for the Marketplaces and Advertising Platform teams. As a Director of UX, Dan led product design and research for Yahoo Autos and Real Estate. He also directed the integration of the Right Media Exchange ($650m acquisition) into Yahoo’s core advertising platform. Dan focused on recruiting exceptional design talent into the company (12 product designers), and built high performing, distributed design teams across offices in New York, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles. Previously, Dan was the Associate Creative Director for Aol’s entertainment division. Dan recruited, hired, and managed over 30 product designers and developers in Aol’s New York City office. Dan was the Creative Director of several of the company’s most successful products, including Aol Music. In 2007, Dan led a small, internal team of designers and developers on Aol’s platform redesign, which was used by over 250 million people, and delivered over $2b in advertising revenue for the company.

Dan’s work has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation, Venice Biennale of Architecture, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Dan has spoken about urban design at the Smart Cities World Congress in Barcelona, American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, California Historical Society in San Francisco, Adaptive Metropolis Conference at the University of California Berkeley, and SPUR.