September 7, 2023

U.S. Digital Response Appoints John Bailey to Board of Directors

John Bailey, a government and technology expert, joins Avni Shah, Janette Fong, and Jennifer Pahlka on USDR’s board of directors

U.S. Digital Response Appoints John Bailey to Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - U.S. Digital Response (USDR), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps governments respond quickly to the critical needs of the public, today announced the appointment of John Bailey to its Board of Directors.

“We’re thrilled to welcome John to our growing Board of Directors. His experience not only in government and technology, but also in cultivating nonpartisan efforts around our community’s more pressing needs, is directly in line with U.S. Digital Response’s mission,” said Jennifer Pahlka, Chair of the Board. “John’s expertise is a perfect match for USDR as we continue to build a diverse and talented board bench.”

Bailey brings extensive experience, including decades of work on a range of issues in technology, economic mobility, and workforce development. He currently serves as an advisor to philanthropies and investors in addition to being a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

“USDR’s ability to serve at the speed of need has been an inspiration for me ever since its inception three years ago,” John Bailey said. “Today, I see an established non-profit that continues to serve public servants across the country with speed and humility. I’m thrilled to join the team, especially at a time when deepening governments’ ability to serve their communities is more important than ever.” 

Bailey joins board chair Jennifer Pahlka, USDR co-founder, Code for America founder, and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology; Janette Fong, USDR co-founder and Chief Digital Officer for WorkMoney; and Avni Shah, former VP/GM for Google for Education. Recently, USDR announced the appointment of Hillary Hartley as CEO

Previously, Bailey served during the Bush Administration as a domestic policy advisor in the White House, as deputy policy director at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and as Director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. He led several technology modernization initiatives for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, co-founded the strategic advisory firm Whiteboard Advisors, and served in senior roles at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Governor Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Bailey currently serves on the board of directors for Zearn Math and advisory boards for, the COVID Collaborative, Pope Francis’ Scholas Occurrentes, and the Tech Talent Project.

‍About U.S. Digital Response‍

U.S. Digital Response is a nonpartisan nonprofit that helps governments and organizations respond quickly and efficiently to support the critical needs of the public. Founded in 2020, USDR connects governments with technology, resources, and support, leaving them better equipped to deliver services and support to millions of people nationwide. To date, USDR has built a dedicated community of over 8,000 volunteers driven to serve in a time of need and has partnered with nearly 300 government and nonprofit partners on more than 400 projects.

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