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For the People, by the People, in a Digital Age

Can technology be a force for good — in government? Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America (CfA), thinks so. Described by  The Washington Post as “the technology world’s equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America,” CfA, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, engages community organizers, developers, and designers to use technology to help governments better serve constituents.  


Since its inception in 2009, CfA has created programs that encourage collective action to help feed the hungry, reduce unnecessary incarceration, and redesign workforce training. Most recently, it is working to clear  54,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles.  

Jennifer Pahlka
Founder and Executive Director, Code for America


Felton Thomas, Jr.
Executive Director and CEO, Cleveland Public Library


Patricia Shlonsky
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, The Center for Community Solutions

Natalia Garcia is a digital producer for the education team at Ideastream Public Media.