G2U Network Conversations Archive

Thursday, September 3, 2020
The Volcker Alliance

G2U Network Conversations provide initiative partners an opportunity to connect with innovative national leaders and one another. Conversations will take place regularly and cover a wide range of topics, with a focus on cutting-edge approaches to strengthening the talent pipeline into government and research collaboratives between governments and universities.

Harnessing Technology to Aid Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Conversation 1 | August 13, 2020

US Digital Response (USDR) is a groundbreaking program that pairs technological experts with immediate state and local government needs in areas spanning from public health to economic recovery. Since its inception only months ago, USDR has amassed thousands of volunteers who have helped governments meet the challenges posed by COVID-19. For our first G2U Network Conversation, we were thrilled to be joined by Jennifer Pahlka, founder and former executive director of Code for America and nonresident senior fellow at the Volcker Alliance, and Raylene Yung, co-founder and CEO of USDR. Jen and Raylene reflected on how US Digital Response went from idea to action in record time; the kinds of government technology issues experts are encountering and helping to solve through this effort; and how this approach, which emerged in urgent response to the COVID-19 crisis, has potential for sustainable, long-term impact in G2U partner sites and beyond.  


Strengthening the Talent Pipeline into State Government

Conversation 2 | September 9, 2020

The Volcker Alliance hosted a G2U Network Conversation with the cofounders of Govern for America to hear about effective strategies for attracting young leaders to government work and explore collaborative opportunities to help address government’s long-term workforce needs. Govern for America (GFA) prepares the next generation of government leaders to create a more effective and responsive government. The GFA Fellowship is a two-year paid opportunity for exceptional recent graduates to serve in high-impact roles in state and local governments across the country as a part of a diverse community of engaged leaders. Currently, GFA has more than 25 fellows serving in jurisdictions across the country.