About

Headshot of Waldo Jaquith
Photo by David Kidd.

I’m Waldo David Landers Jaquith (JAKE-with). I live near Charlottesville, Virginia, with my wife and children.

Very Serious Bio

Waldo Jaquith is a technologist with extensive experience in the government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. He was most recently a presidential appointee at the U.S. General Services Administration, serving as Senior Advisor to the Administrator. He was on the Biden-Harris Transition Team. Until 2021, he worked for the State Software Collaborative, housed at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center; and, before that, at 18F, developing and promoting best practices for government procurement of custom software, particularly for state governments. Previously, Jaquith ran U.S. Open Data, and worked for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Obama. He’s had fellowships from both the Knight News Challenge and the Shuttleworth Foundation. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and children.

Reasonable-Human Bio

I’ve hiked most of the Appalachian Trail. I’ve won two VH1 Music Awards. I saved Al Gore’s life. I received the first-ever e-mailed subpoena. I caught Chris Anderson plagiarizing big chunks of his book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price. I successfully fought off a subpoena that tried to unmask anonymous commenters on my blog. I was a roadie for the Rolling Stones for three days. I won the 2011 Knight News Challenge. President Obama named me a “Champion for Change.” I used to work for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. I’ve held fellowships with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Shuttleworth Foundation, and the Beeck Center. I used to be the Director of U.S. Open Data. I worked at 18F for a few years, then at Georgetown University, and most recently at GSA.

I can be emailed at waldo@jaquith.org.