The Commonwealth Club of California, Taube Family Auditorium

Jennifer Pahlka served as President Barack Obama’s former deputy chief technology officer. Join us for an in-depth talk as she offers a bold reexamination of how our government operates and the improvements that she says need to be made to end bureaucratic dysfunction.

It’s not more money or more tech we need; Pahlka calls for "recoding" American government to reclaim it for the people it is supposed to serve.

The USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future presents this event in partnership with the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. And it is supported by the Ken & Jacklyn Broad Family Fund. All in-person attendees will receive a copy of Recoding America, compliments of the Ken & Jacklyn Broad Family Fund.

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. We have secured 10 complimentary in-person passes for CPF fans. Use this link for your free in-person tickets:

To watch the event virtually, use this special link just for CPF supporters:


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)

Former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States; Founder, Code for America; Author, Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better; Twitter @ pahlkadot



$15 Commonwealth Club members
$25 nonmembers

Free for Commonwealth Club members
$10 nonmembers
$32 members with a book
$42 nonmembers with a book

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  • Melanie McConnaughy
  • Naomi Chavez
  • Camila Salas
  • Arel Lucas

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