The Congressional App Challenge Team
The Congressional App Challenge would not be possible without the efforts of all the congressional staff across the country, who execute the day-to-day of the Challenges, on the ground within their Congressional district. Though we cannot list them all here, we are grateful for their incredible efforts.
Rhianon comes to the Congressional App Challenge from the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, where she researched startup communities and demographic conditions of the tech community as a graduate student researcher. She’s passionate about using technology to mitigate disparity and improve the lives of America’s youth. She came to work on the CAC because she believes that learning to code is a skill that will serve students throughout their entire lives, and that Congress has a powerful role in highlighting how important that education is.
Melissa joins the Congressional App Challenge team after serving over four years on Capitol Hill. She is passionate about innovating government, improving civic engagement and expanding opportunities in STEM education for underserved students and women. During her time on the Hill, Melissa spearheaded the App Challenge for her office. She’s excited to bring that experience to the CAC supporting Congressional Offices with everything they need to successfully execute their own Challenges.
The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) is the official sponsor of the Congressional App Challenge, handling execution of the Challenge on behalf of the U.S House of Representatives.
IEF is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by public interest groups, corporations, and associations representative of the diversity of the Internet community. IEF does not take any positions on legislation and strives to provide a balanced platform for education and debate.