Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America. She previously served as US Deputy Chief Technology Officer.
"CFA is Peace Corps for geeks. Peace Corps and Teach For America were both models for us. We’re trying to give really talented, creative people who have these incredible skills a way to connect with problems in the public sector that probably weren’t on their radar before."
"My daughter is 9, and I have a 14-year-old niece, and I worry because they don’t seem as attracted to technology as the boys. It could be something really basic: When there are more males in the industry to begin with, it just has a more male feel, and that pushes the girls away. There’s a history there that’s really hard to overcome."
"Now that this generation is hitting adult age, and they’re dealing with tax forms and driver’s licenses and all sorts of public services that are less than optimal, their solution is not to rant about it. They want to do something."
Mother Jones, Photo via GovTech