Code for America

Code for America Labs, Inc.

Date Awarded
Grant Period
07/01/11 to 06/30/13
Focus Area
Macon, Philadelphia
Tech for Engagement

Grantee Contact

Featured Media

To support our strategy of investing in citizen-centered solutions in three Knight communities by piloting the Code for America model, which deploys technology professionals to develop original solutions that engage citizens in community challenges

Project Team

Jennifer Pahlka

founder and executive director

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. Government Technology named her one of 2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and Technology the same year.

She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and is a frequent speaker at a wide range of events.

She spent eight years at CMP Media where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, 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. Jennifer’s early career was spent in the non-profit sector. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter and eight chickens.

News and updates

Get Updates on Code for America

News Releases

Knight Blog


In The News