Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey serves as PEN America’s digital freedom program director, focusing on issues ranging from surveillance and disinformation to digital inclusion that affect writers and activists around the world. Bailey previously served as a senior advisor for the National Democratic Institute. Before that, he was a civil servant in the Office of the United States Chief Information Officer under two presidents. Previously, Bailey served the city of Washington, D.C., as its first director of technology innovation and was an early employee at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He has also worked as a cybersecurity engineer and analyst, a software developer, and co-founded Code for DC, an affiliate of Code for America. Bailey holds a MA in literature from Georgetown University.