Nancy Scola is a journalist and writer whose work on the intersections of technology and politics has been published by The American Prospect, Capital, Columbia Journalism Review, New York, Reuters, Salon, Science Progress, Seed, and other publications. She is a correspondent on technology and politics for The Atlantic. She was previously the associate editor of techPresident, a widely-read daily online publication of the Personal Democracy Forum. She’s talked about governing, campaigns, political organizing, technology policy, digital media and more on the BBC, CNN.com, MSNBC, and WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show,” and frequently appears on conference panels.
Nancy came to journalism from government and politics. From 2001 to 2005, she served on the Democratic staff of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the United States House of Representatives, under Rep. Henry Waxman of California, handling both online communications and a technology policy portfolio. After leaving Capitol Hill, she was an aide to former Virginia Governor (now Senator) Mark Warner as he explored a possible run in the 2008 presidential election.
Nancy grew up in northern New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and Africana studies from George Washington University and an M.A. in anthropology from Boston University.
Code for America Won’t Build the App that Will Save Our Cities, And Why That’s Okay
- Read how Jennifer Pahlka turned a good idea into a multimillion dollar organization and why President Obama has brought her onto his team.
- Learn why Code for America is growing and changing.
- Discover how local governments and the civic tech movement are adapting to one another.
Can the U.S. Learn from Canada’s Place-Based Visas?
- Meet the people who have come through the Provincial Nominee Programs, and hear about their experiences settling into Canadian communities.
- Learn how immigration was always considered a cornerstone of Canadian prosperity (and has been treated as such).
- Find out how place-based immigration could work in the U.S.
A Boutique Hotel Sells Pittsburgh to Itself
- Learn how the charms of Steel City seduced Ace founder Alex Calderwood.
- Read about how Pittsburgh stabilized its shrinking core.
- See how the ultimate third space goes about choosing where to bring its brand of cool.
Getting Fast in KC
- Learn why Google is developing a digital hub in the heartland.
- Read about the tech giant's strategies for working with Kansas Citians to get its Fiber network off the ground.
- Gain understanding of how this latest Google project fits into the larger debate over how to best wire a city.
Selling China on Glass City
- Explore how and why U.S. cities like Toledo are vying for foreign investors.
- Learn about the best practices for attracting and collaborating with new investors.
- Dive into complex questions of nationalism, pragmatism and economics facing cities working with international developers.
New York’s Latest Mega-Project Is a Campus for Home-Growing Technologists. But Can a City Really Engineer an Innovation Economy?
- Get to know the players behind the NYC Tech Campus.
- Read about the history and theoretical framework behind the multi-billion dollar project.
- Explore why the NYC Tech Campus could mean big things for cities around the world.