Dustin Haisler

Giving Citizens A Voice In The Public Sector Through Technology

Dustin Haisler is Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic. In addition to shaping e.Republic's products, services, and future direction, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate, and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector.

Previously, Haisler was Finance Director and later, Assistant City Manager for Manor, TX, a small city outside Austin. There, he quickly earned a reputation as an early innovator in civic technology. A member of Code for America’s original steering committee, Haisler pioneered government use of commercial technologies such as Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing, and gamification — none of which had been used before in the public sector. In 2010, Haisler helped design and launch Manor Labs, one of the first government open innovation programs in the US, which received global recognition as a new model of citizen engagement and innovation.

Later, Haisler became director of government innovation at Spigit, where he helped design and deploy innovation programs for New York City; Bogota, Columbia; and even part of the space program (through NASA’s Langley Research Center). His first-in-nation innovations include architecting a Crowdsourcing Master Land Use Plan for Harford County, MD, and patenting a crowd-based business process (Crowd-as-a-Service).

In 2009, Haisler was named a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver. His work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Inc. magazine, and the Today Show. Haisler has given TEDx talks on Disrupting Government and Disrupting Education. He also serves on program faculty for the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program for Texas State University.