Jennifer Pahlka is the founder of Code for America, which matches software geniuses with US cities to reboot local services.
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.
“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.”
“A neighbor is a far better and cheaper alternative to government services.”
“Government is like a vast ocean and politics is the six-inch layer on top.”
“[The Internet generation is] not fighting that battle about who gets to speak; they all get to speak.”
“We're not going to fix government until we fix citizenship.”