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White House tech advisor dies in bike accident

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Jake Brewer, a senior advisor to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, died Saturday while participating in a charity bicycle ride.

The Washington Post reports that Brewer, 34, was riding in the Ride to Conquer Cancer when he lost control of his bike and crashed into an oncoming car.

Before joining the White House, Brewer was a general manager at Change.org and a co-founder of Define American.

President Obama issued a statement about Brewer’s passing:

I am heartbroken at the tragic loss of one of my advisors, Jake Brewer. We set out to recruit the best of the best to join their government and help us harness the power of technology and data to innovate new solutions for the 21st century. Simply put, Jake was one of the best. Armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better for them. He worked to give citizens a louder voice in our society. He engaged our striving immigrants. He pushed for more transparency in our democracy. And he sought to expand opportunity for all. Read more…

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