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.