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 works for 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, for which I created Ethics.gov. I was a News Challenge Fellow with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. I used to be the Director of U.S. Open Data and a Shuttleworth Foundation fellow. Now I work at 18F.

I can be emailed at waldo@jaquith.org.