Jack West Joins Congressional App Challenge Team

Jack West, a political professional with experience on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, will be joining the Congressional App Challenge as Congressional Operations Coordinator. The Congressional App Challenge is a congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through a series of concurrent contests hosted by Members of Congress. 

“Jack brings forth an energetic and passionate perspective to the program,” said Joseph Alessi, Congressional App Challenge Program Director. “In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jack will be a key player in expansion efforts of the CAC throughout the country.” 

Jack will bring Capitol Hill experience, as well as experience on the campaign trail. He previously served as a Legislative Intern with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a Field Organizer with the Biden for President coordinated campaign in Minnesota. He has extensive experience crafting political messaging, organizing grassroots movements, and engaging with constituents of all ages.

Jack West
Jack West

“I’m excited about the prospect of encouraging our nation’s youth to learn more about coding and computer science,” said West. “In the era of COVID-19, STEM education is a vital part of developing key skills for the workforce of tomorrow. I look forward to encouraging STEM education for all American students.”

Jack is a May 2020 graduate from Indiana University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. He currently resides in Washington, DC.

In 2020, the CAC reached 308 members of Congress across 49 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, D.C.. 1,851 applications were submitted with over 6000 students participating. The CAC continues to increase its presence across the country and outpace tech-industry diversity metrics. The CAC aims to continue its growth in 2021 and beyond.