Why Recent Graduates Should Join Code for America

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Jennifer Pahlka, Founder & Executive Director of Code for America, in conversation with Jason Tanz, makes the case for a college graduate to spend a year working for Code for America.


Jennifer Pahlka is the founder, executive director, and board chair of Code for America, a nonprofit organization that brings the vitality and creativity of the tech community to local governments. Before starting Code for America in 2009, she spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine,, and the Independent Games Festival. Before that, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. In 2011, Pahlka was named one of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation by Government Technology magazine and the leading Game Changer in Business and Technology by the Huffington Post. She spent her early career in the nonprofit sector.



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