Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer for e.Republic, the nation's largest media & research firm for state and local government.

Previously the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and later assistant city manager for Manor, TX, a city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. A member of Code for America’s original steering committee, Haisler pioneered government use of commercial technologies not before used in the public sector – including Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing and gamification. In 2010 Haisler launched Manor Labs, a website that let residents submit their own ideas and vote other peoples’ ideas up or down. The most popular suggestions went to city officials for review and possible implementation. Haisler looked to the private sector to help broaden the adoption of these and other civic innovations, joining California-based Spigit as director of government innovation. While at Spigit, a company that makes crowd-sourcing and innovation management software, Haisler 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).

Notably, Haisler helped design and launch one of the first government open innovation programs in the United States in 2010, which received global recognition as a new model of citizen engagement and innovation. Among other first-in-nation innovations, Haisler architected a Crowdsourcing Master Land Use Plan (Harford County, MD) and patented a crowd-based business process (Crowd-as-a-Service). Named a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver in 2009, his work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, and the Today Show on NBC. An in-demand speaker, he has given two TEDx speeches – one on Disrupting Government (TEDxAustin) and the other on Disrupting Education (TEDxLivermore).

Haisler graduated Magna Cum Laude from LeTourneau University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and has worked universities around the globe on incubating next-generation technologies in government including the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University and the University of Trento, Italy. Haisler also serves as an Eisenhower Fellow (2019 Zhi-Xing Program) and Program Faculty for the Certified Public Management Program (CPM) at Texas State University. 

Haisler continues to work with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, academia, gov tech startups, and non-profits across the globe on innovation, go-to-market, and citizen engagement strategies.

Photography courtesy of TEDxLivermore.


Dustin's research & work is making waves.

“Today I am in Manor, Texas (pop. 6,500),...Manor is embracing the Obama Administration’s vision of creating effective and efficient government that fosters transparency and innovation. By using new technology to enable open and collaborative ways of working, government—whether federal, state, or local—can deliver better citizen services with fewer resources...Manor has become so renowned for its creative use of technology that it has become something of a tourist attraction.”
— Beth Noveck, Former Deputy CTO of the United States, describing on the White House blog an official trip to visit Dustin and the group of civic innovators that had assembled at manor.govfresh

Dustin's work is inspiring a new generation of leaders.

“...[Dustin] Haisler realized he could do more good more good by helping the city use technology to solve it’s budget problems, so he took the position of Manor’s Chief Innovation Officer in 2009. At an age when most people would be happy just to land an entry-level job in city government, Haisler wanted to blow the whole thing up. He initiated a partnership with the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford, in hopes of figuring out new ways to increase citizen engagement.”
— Gavin Newsom, Citizenville, Lt. Governor for the State of California.