Policy Hackers

A program to help bridge Silicon Valley and DC

We think the future should be better represented in Washington. We believe network building and talent development are key elements to advance a more perfect union between technology and the American republic. That’s why we’ve created the Policy Hackers fellowship. This part-time program offers tech professionals the opportunity to build relationships and develop expertise in the theory and practice of policymaking.

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Policy Hackers is a non-resident fellowship program for tech professionals interested in building expertise in the theory and practice of public policy. The curriculum is designed to teach the fundamentals of policy entrepreneurship and innovation policy to busy professionals. This programming will include opportunities to meet and learn from top lobbyists, scholars, public relations specialists, and government policymakers.

Discussions will cover areas such as principles for the regulation of emerging technologies; how to work with think tanks, trade associations, and public affairs firms; how to influence legislative, judicial, and regulatory processes; and more.

Readings will include authors such as Virginia Postrel, Jeffrey Birnbaum, Robert Caro, Neil Postman, Marshall McLuhan, Marc Andreessen, Rick Perlstein, J. Storrs Hall, Bradley Tusk, Katherine Boyle, Deirdre McCloskey, Tyler Cowen, and Cory Doctorow. Past session leaders have included tech entrepreneur and author Antonio García Martínez; The Realignment podcast hosts Saagar Enjeti and Marshall Kosloff; Fmr. White House CTO Michael Kratsios; BGR Group President Erskine Wells; Members of Congress and their staff; Federal agency commissioners; policy experts such as Eli Dourado, Jon Askonas, Sam Hammond, Julian Sanchez, Chris Riley, Jerry Brito, Mike Masnick, Daniel Correa, Rachel Bovard, Daniel Schuman; and more.

Questions? Contact max@thefai.org

Policy Hackers is made possible thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation as well as the ongoing generosity of our supporters.