Clay Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.
Media Appearances include: CNN TV — Expert on Open Government Data, NPR Weekend All Things Considered, NPR All Things Considered, Regular on the Leslie Marshall Radio Show (nationally syndicated), Kojo Naamdi Show (WAMU, Nationally Syndicated). Appeared in Fast Company, Wired, The Economist, the New York Times, USA Today and other major newspapers.
Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.
The Information Diet talks about how we ought to dive below the manufactured communications and seek out the truth from the source and having a professionally written bio doesn’t really align with those values. The best way to get to know Clay is to participate directly with him, or listening to what he has to say. Attend an event or online Google+ Hangout with Clay and get to know him. David Eaves’ introduction of him in this video is probably the most accurate he’s ever heard.
Johnson is also terribly uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person.