Jennifer Pahlka is the founder of Code for America, which matches software geniuses with US cities to reboot local services.

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Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works with talented web professionals and cities around the country to promote public service and reboot government. She spent eight years at CMP Media where she led the Game Group, responsible for GDC, Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com; there she also launched the Independent Games Festival and served as executive director of the International Game Developers Association. Recently, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, CA with her daughter and six chickens.

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TED Newsmakers: Samantha Power to become ambassador to the UN, Jennifer Pahlka joins White House staff

June 5, 2013

Today, Barack Obama will be naming a new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations – and sources say that it will be Samantha Power, outspoken anti-genocide official and TED2008 speaker. Power is expected to replace Susan Rice, who sources say will be named national security advisor. Power is a fascinating choice for this very important […]

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Quotes from Jennifer Pahlka

We say that word [bureaucracy] with such contempt. But it's that contempt that keeps this thing that we own and we pay for as something that's working against us.
Jennifer Pahlka
TED2012 • 710K views Mar 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive
A neighbor is a far better and cheaper alternative to government services.
Jennifer Pahlka
TED2012 • 710K views Mar 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive
Government is like a vast ocean and politics is the six-inch layer on top.
Jennifer Pahlka
TED2012 • 710K views Mar 2012
Inspiring, Persuasive