Building a
Better World

About Galaxy Rise

Galaxy Rise Consulting is dedicated to helping the progressive movement better use technology.

To us, this means more than just building tools: it means building skills and relationships within and among the organizations we work with. That’s why we offer free hour-long consultations to any progressive organization that asks. If we can help you understand your needs, your options, and the broader tech landscape, then we consider it an hour well spent, regardless of whether we end up working together.

In addition to general consultation, we also provide some specific services:

Dynamic Web Development

Have an idea for a website or plugin that doesn't exist anywhere else? Need a tool custom-made for your organization? We're here for you.

The projects we accept usually fall into one of two categories:

  • Small projects that just need a programmer's help to go from 'good idea!' to 'great resource!'.
  • Larger projects that need a prototype and some results before you can fully fund and commmit to them.

We work on both types of projects, and will help you move your larger project on past the prototype stage once it's ready.

Web-based Research

We can help you with every step of the research process:

  • Designing your research questions and creating surveys and experiments.
  • Scraping data from websites or gathering it from APIs.
  • Doing readable, reproducible analyses using Excel or iPython Notebook.
  • Visualizing results, including interactive visualizations.


Go ahead and schedule your free consultation.

What our clients say

"Shauna was able to quickly understand our goals and help us think through the different technical options for our project. I was particularly impressed by how she explained complicated technical details clearly and without jargon. Shauna’s advice was immensely helpful; I can’t recommend her highly enough."

Olivia Robinson, Analyst Institute

"I highly recommend working with Shauna Gordon-McKeon at Galaxy Rise. When I had a hard time articulating the layout and aesthetics I wanted, Shauna used the right questions and examples to systematically draw out my preferences, then quickly delivered a draft that looked great. Shauna demonstrated unerringly reliable follow-through, skill, and an unflappable honesty. I owe my awesome launch to Galaxy Rise."

Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset Consulting

"We hired Shauna to build a custom program to scrape multiple websites, and integrate the data. She helped us obtain information that is critical to our mission, and allows us to make a real impact. She was fantastic to work with."

Executive Director, progressive non-profit organization (reference available)

"Shauna designed and built a website that was beautiful, clean, and easy for me to update. She was able to create exactly the look and feel I wanted based on our conversations. A year later, and I still receive compliments on it."

Melissa Ryan, Thought Leader



Dynamic Website & Community Platform


Android App

Open Source Comes to Campus

Technical Workshop Series

Changeset Consulting

Static Website

Should You Contribute?

Simple Interactive Website

The Little R'er

Data Science