Founder and Executive Director of Code for America
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, helping establish the United States Digital Service. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. Previously, she led the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 event teams for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and the team that produced the Game Developers Conference and related properties. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter, husband and five chickens.