Jennifer Pahlka

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Jennifer Pahlka

Name: Jennifer Pahlka

Born: 1969 in Bainbridge, Maryland, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • Founder and Executive Director of Code for America (an organization that helps web-industry professionals work with city governments).
  • She is presently serving as the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for government innovation (2013).
  • Previously worked at CMP Media with various roles in the computer game industry.
  • Co-chair and general manager of the Web 2.0 events for TechWeb, a division of United Business Media (2005-2009).

Honors and awards

  • Named one of Government Technology's magazine Top 25: Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers (2012).
  • Named HuffPost Gamechanger (2011).
  • Code for America received a $1.5 million grant from Google as part of its Google Gives Back program (2011).


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