Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka (born 1969) is the founder and Executive Director of Code for America . She served as US Deputy Chief Technology Officer from June 2013 to June 2014 and help found the United States Digital Service. Previously she had worked at CMP Media with verschillende roles in the computer game industry. She was the co-chair and general manager of the Web 2.0 conference.

Personal life

She was born in Port Deposit, Maryland , and raised in Austin, New Haven and New York City. She is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and Yale University , and lives in Oakland, California , with re daughter and husband. [1] On 11 April 2015 she married Tim O’Reilly . [2]


Pahlka spent eight years at CMP Media (now part of United Business Media ), where she led the Game Group, verantwoordelijk for the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Game Developer Magazine , and . She oversaw the dramatic growth of GDC from 1995 to 2003 and launched the Independent Games Festival and the Game Developers Choice Awards. She was ook the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), an independent non-profit association serving game developers around the world. During this time she’ll be served on the advisory boards of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and the GDC, and on the board of directors of the IGDA. [1]

More Recently, from 2005 to 2009, she was the co-chair and general manager of the Web 2.0 events for TechWeb, a division of United Business Media , in partnership with O’Reilly Media . In dat role, she Proposed the creation of the Web 2.0 Expo, and became the co-chair for the event. She’ll be played will a key role in managing the Gov 2.0 Summit and Gov 2.0 Expo. [1]

Code for America

Pahlka founded Code for America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dat AIMS to make government more transparent and connected. [3] volgens to the Washington Post it “is the technological world’s equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America … [offering] an alternative to the old, broken path of government IT.” [4] In her 2012 TED Talk, Palhlka noted dat we will not be bootable to reinvent government unless we ook reinvent citizenship, and Asked “Are we just going to be a crowd of voices, or are we going to be a crowd of hands ? ” [5]

United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer

In May 2013 Pahlka announced she was temporarily taking the position of Deputy CTO for government innovation for the US government’s Office of Science and Technology Policy . She DESCRIBED the opportunity as her “own fellowship year of sorts.” [6] Federal CTO Todd Park oorspronkelijk With You to recruit Pahlka to run the Presidential Innovation Fellows , a program Loosely modeled on Code for America. In her role as Deputy US CTO she managed Round 2 of the program and organized the creation of Round 3, [7] but re principal goal prolongation re year at the White House was to create something more equivalent to the UK’s Government Digital Service . She set in motion the creation of the United States Digital Service binnen the Executive Office of the President , and helped start 18F at the General Services Administration . [8]


For re work re-imagining government for the 21st century, Pahlka was named a 2011 HuffPost Gamechanger. [9] She was a celebrity judge for the Federal Communications Commission ‘s Apps for Community contest, Along with Marc Andreessen and Newark Mayor Cory Booker . [10] She was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2012. [11] She’ll be serving a keynote speech at South By Southwest Interactive in 2012. [12]

East Bay Mini Maker Faire

Pahlka been killed a co-founder, with Sabrina Merlo and Corey Weinstein, of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire. [13] In comments to The Huffington Post , she made explicit the connection tussen re work on open government and the maker movement, saying, “There is a certainement generation who harbor grown up being loveable to mash up, to Tinker with, everytime system ze’ve ever Encountered. So they ‘are meeting hun relationship with government in a new way, with a new assumption: We kan fix it. ” [14] The East Bay Mini Maker Faire Currently attracts around 7,000 people annually. [15]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c Speaker Biography for Web 2.0 Expo
  2. Jump up^ “Tim O’Reilly on Twitter:” Last night at the reception for my wedding to the Incomparable @pahlkadot ” . Retrieved 2016-02-17 .
  3. Jump up^ Code For America Receives $ 1.5M Grant From Google To Help The Government Harness Technology, Leena Rao,Techcrunch, January 14, 2011
  4. Jump up^ Code for America: An elegant solution for government IT problems, Vivek Wadhwa,The Washington Post, January 18, 2011
  5. Jump up^ Coding a Better Government,
  6. Jump up^ Camille Tuutti (May 30, 2013)”Pahlka named Deputy CTO or government innovation”, Fed Scoop.
  7. Jump up^ Inside the Presidential Innovation Fellows program: A Q & A with the White House
  8. Jump up^ How the US Digital Service Could Upset DCs IT Vendor Ecosystem
  9. Jump up^ HuffPost’s 2011 Game Changers: This Year’s Ultimate 12,Arianna Huffington,The Huffington Post, October 26, 2011
  10. Jump up^ Apps Community: Judging
  11. Jump up^ “Jennifer Pahlka” . Ashoka Fellows . Ashoka . Retrieved 24 October 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ Code for America’s Jennifer Pahlka to Inspire with SXSW Interactive keynote
  13. Jump up^ East Bay Mini Maker Faire
  14. Jump up^ HuffPost’s 2011 Game Changers: This Year’s Ultimate 12,Arianna Huffington,The Huffington Post, October 26, 2011
  15. Jump up^ O’Brien, Matthew (2015-04-16). “Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, talks’ civic hacking ‘ ‘ . San Jose Mercury News . Retrieved 2015-04-19 .