Dan Fulton - 2017 Candidate for Technology Officer

Bio

I am a computational physicist, working towards the goal of clean fusion energy. My background in science has made me a passionate climate advocate. Data analysis and data visualization are regular parts of my job, and I firmly believe in data-driven policy. I grew up in SE Portland, and after spending time away for college and graduate school, recently moved back to Portland to be close to family and give back to the community. In my spare time, I enjoy homebrewing and cat photos.

Political Experience

From 2009-2015, as a doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), I maintained servers for my research group, performing hardware maintenance, configuring the software environment, and maintaining user access. I also helped design and maintain websites for faculty using content management systems. I served in the UCI graduate student governing body, Associated Graduate Students, as the Chair of the Pub Advisory Board, where I addressed issues of pub safety and preserved student government funding, and as a member of the AGS Executive Committee, as the Community Development Director to focus on engaging constituents.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

If elected as Technology Officer by MCDCC, I would prioritize (1) redesign of the Multnomah Democrats website with PC and mobile formats to improve site accessibility and ease of content management, and (2) automation of party data acquisition/storage for better access control and day-to-day use. I would also like to reassess party web presence (website, email lists, social media) and provide instructional resources for PCPs to establish and maintain their own individual web presences. To accomplish these and other goals, I would recruit a committee of technical volunteers.