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Posts by Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Oxford Internet Institute's Internet and Society Award, MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, and National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she ran the Game Developers Conference and related properties. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O'Reilly Media. Jennifer’s early career was spent in the non-profit sector. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter, fiance, and seven chickens.

Jon Stewart, you’re getting your wish.

In one of the many (justified) rants that Jon Stewart has treated us to on The Daily Show, he asked the question: If we could take the same urgency, enthusiasm, and clarity of vision you need to get elected to… Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home

I feel a bit like Dorothy waking up back in Kansas after her adventures in Oz.  I’ve just spent a year in our own magical capital, Washington, DC, serving as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and… Continue reading

My Own Fellowship Year

Other than being a parent and a partner, Code for America has been the most important thing in my life for the past three years. I can’t imagine that it won’t remain so for many years to come. It’s challenging,… Continue reading

The brain-and-heart-trust

At a Chinese restaurant last weekend, my fortune cookie read: You are a deep thinker and a good problem solver. I was flattered by my cookie’s opinion, but the thought that sprang to mind was that the fortune was an… Continue reading

The View From My Seat

March 8 was International Women’s Day. I am embarrassed to say I found this out through social media on March 8 itself, having had my head in the sand in the previous weeks. I was honored to be included in… Continue reading


Several of us CfAers will be in Austin this weekend for SXSW, and on Sunday, we’re taking over the Knight Pavilion at Austin Convention Center, booth #719 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. for a little meetup. I’ll be making an… Continue reading

Thank You, Knight


Today we are very pleased to announce that Code for America has been granted $5 million by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of a larger Knight effort to revitalize democracy through civic technology and engagement…. Continue reading

Let it snow!

Sure, this is one of the tunes you’ll hear from eggnog- fueled carolers this time of year, but it’s also what folks in Anchorage, Ala. are saying now that 191 of the fire hydrants in that city have been adopted… Continue reading

CfA Peer Network

We’re gathered the Code for America tribe in San Francisco. Our city partners in the fellowship, the leaders of the Brigades in 16 cities, fellows past, present, and future, the companies in our civic accelerator, our funders and supporters, and… Continue reading

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