Founder and Executive Director, Code for America
Jennifer Pahlka is founder and executive director of Code for America, a nonprofit that aims to make government work better in the digital age. In 2013 and 2014, she was deputy chief technology officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she helped start the US Digital Service. Previously, she worked at CMP Media, running the Game Developers Conference and Game Developer magazine, and at Tech Web, helping run the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events. Known for her TED talk, “Coding a Better Government,” Pahlka’s honors include MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award.