Custom software development for nonprofits and government

Do you need a custom software application, or a custom mobile app, for your organization? MapLight is your trusted software development partner. We specialize in working with nonprofit organizations and government agencies, and we are a nonprofit ourselves.

Whether you have a specific custom software application in mind, or just a technical problem that you’re trying to solve, we can help. Our user-centered process starts with us listening to and understanding your needs, so we can help you create a solution that will best accomplish your goals.

MapLight’s software development team has experience with many software languages and technologies. We can help you by building databases, mobile apps, reporting and analysis tools, payment processing tools, and any other data-driven application. The software we create for you will make your organization more efficient and effective.

MapLight has years of experience building efficient, user-friendly software. We partnered with the California Secretary of State to build open source tools that help Californians see the money behind their elections, including Power Search and the Quick Guide to Props. With the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, we produce Voter’s Edge, a comprehensive guide to California candidates that serves 2 million visitors each election year. For other clients, we have produced complex database and workflow applications that simplify operations and improve organizational productivity.

Leon Smith, Director of Engineering

Leon Smith leads MapLight’s custom software development practice. He has more than ten years of experience in architecting and building enterprise-level software solutions in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors. His work has included leading software projects at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory that integrated with mission-critical systems.

Leon received a B.S. in Social Science from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton, where he later served as Adjunct Professor and currently serves on their Computer Science Board, helping to match the university curriculum with industry trends. Leon received his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

What our clients say
"MapLight performed in an outstanding way on all aspects of our project. In addition to delivering the project on-time and on-budget, MapLight staff was knowledgeable, communicative, and easy to work with. MapLight exceeded all our requirements and built an application that not only meets our requirements but that our staff and entire statewide membership are proud of. I wholeheartedly recommend MapLight to any organization taking on a significant software development project, especially projects that have complex data requirements and architecture or require a collaborative process. The team there is truly exceptional."
   —Executive Director, League of Women Voters of California

"MapLight consistently delivered innovative, powerful, customized software, on schedule, that truly advanced the public interest in the state. I urge anyone who is looking to expand their civic technology offerings to consider partnering with MapLight."
   —Former Chief of Staff, California Secretary of State
To learn more

We look forward to discussing your technology needs. Please contact Leon Smith, Director of Engineering: leon@maplight.org / (510) 868-0894