Clay Johnson (technologist)

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Clay Johnson

Clay Johnson is best known for his role in supporting political campaigns with IT [1] and apps for[2]

Company and politics[edit]

In 2004, Johnson was the lead programmer for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign.[3] Along with three other Howard Dean staffers (Ben Self, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, and Joe Rospars), Clay Johnson founded Blue State Digital, a company that provided technology services and online strategy for the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential Campaign.[4] In 2006, Blue State Digital was one of Fast Company’s Fast 50.[5] In August 2012, Clay was selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellow and is currently supporting a project called RFP-EZ. The basic goal of RFP-EZ is to make it easier for small IT services firms to bid on and win government contracts for IT services (like coding and web development).[6]


Prior to his work with politicians, Johnson worked at AskJeeves, now, as a technologist helping with web syndication. Along with John Petropoulos, Johnson invented the use of mouseover preview ability in search results. The patent was filed in 2001, and issued in 2006.[7]

In 2009, he was the Google-O’Reilly Open Source Community Builder of the Year,[8] and in 2010, one of Federal Computer Week's Fed 100. He also worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at a venture capital firm. From 2008-2010 he was Director of Sunlight Labs, a community of open source developers and designers dedicated making the U.S. Government more transparent, accountable and responsible.

He was a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered on June 8, 2009.[9][10]


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