Jennifer Pahlka, founder of the nonprofit organization Code for America, has been appointed deputy U.S. chief technology officer for government innovation and will work alongside CTO Todd Park.
She will serve in the position for just one year which she termed her “own fellowship year of sorts,” CfA Pahlka wrote in a blog post Thursday
Pahlka will be responsible for the Presidential Innovation Program, launched in 2012 to bring in private sector technology personnel into federal agencies for specific projects
She will return to CfA after completing her tenure at the White House.
“I want to give whatever perspectives and experiences I have to offer, and I want to gain a deeper understanding of what it’s like to work in government,” Pahlka wrote.
Bob Sofman, CfA chief program officer, and Chief of Staff Abhi Nemani will serve as co-directors of the organization during Pahlka’s absence.