Our Mission

We’re building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology.

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Why We're Here

LaunchCode is a nonprofit offering free tech education and job placement opportunities to bring new people from all backgrounds into the tech field and reshape the way employers think about hiring.

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85% of LaunchCoders

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500+ Company Partners

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Help us keep the mission going by supporting free learning and career opportunities for even more people.

How We Started

LaunchCode was founded in 2013 to help people with nontraditional backgrounds find fulfilling, upwardly-mobile careers, and to help companies find skilled, new tech talent from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Millions of Americans are unemployed and many more are stuck in low-wage job cycles which leave them struggling to find livable salaries, employable skills, and a chance for advancement. American businesses also have a problem — there just isn’t enough traditional tech talent to match the growing demand. Code.org reports nearly 500,000 open computing jobs nationwide, yet only around 60,000 computer science graduates entered the workforce last year. These jobs are spread all over the economy, making products and services like your mobile phone, satellite television, and online searches just…work.

Back in 2013, Square’s Jim McKelvey founded LaunchCode to address these problems. Jim had experienced the lack of talent firsthand while trying to build a development shop for his new company Square in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Eventually Jim moved Square to California for access to skilled workers, but knew there must be some way to connect the city’s rising unemployment with its shortage of tech talent. And so, LaunchCode was born.

It turns out, when you make quality education free and accessible, amazing things can happen.

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Jabari Adams
Managing Director of Company Relations
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Claire Anderson
Company Relations Manager
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Jackie Appel
Managing Director of Company Relations
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Lexi Baysinger
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Tiana Berry-Jones
VP of Marketing
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Candice Bobbitt
Finance Manager
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Jennifer Brake
Chief Development Officer
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Kennedy Brown
Digital Marketing Specialist
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Ben Clark
Director of Instruction for Justice Programs
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Crystal Crump
Managing Director, Company Relations
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Lori Eaton
SVP, Company Relations
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Brian Feldman
VP of Talent Solutions
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Daniel Fogarty
VP of Growth
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Leah Freeman
Public Relations Director
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Sarah Freymiller
Candidate Engagement Manager (they/them)
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David Gorosh
Facility Manager
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Julio Govreau
VP of People Operations
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Keighan Gunther
AVP, Philadelphia
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Eshe Hawash
Senior Training Program Manager
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Kate Kershaw
Managing Director, Kansas City
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Kevin Kickham
Director of Institutional Giving
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Christopher King
Business Development Manager
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Benjamin Kitchens
Training Program Manager
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Haley Kodner
Director of Digital Marketing
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Maggie Lampe
Finance Manager
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Carly Langlois
Director of Education
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Ethan Leigh
VP of Finance
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Jess Longueville
Grants Manager
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Paul Matthews
Director of Technical Training
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Jeff Mazur
Executive Director
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Kathy McCadden
Donor Relations Manager
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Barbara McCray
Receptionist & Facilities Coordinator
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Ryan Neal
Director of Targeted Training
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Mike Northrop
Lead Managing Director, Company Relations
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Rachel Rolon
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Clark Roman
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Leah Schare
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Mandy Schultz
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Haley Shoaf
VP of Justice Programs
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Keith Slater
VP of Technology
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Katie Soetaert
Donor Relations Associate
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Rosanna Speller
Software Engineer (she/her)
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Sally Steuterman
Education Program Developer
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Kate Verrill
Senior People Operations Manager
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Gail Vivar
Marketing and Community Engagement Manager
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Ryan Walker
Software Engineer (They/Them)
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Lin Wang
Chief Program Officer
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Greg Wesloh
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Jessi Wilcox
VP of Impact
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John Woolbright
Senior Candidate Engagement Manager
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Our Board Leadership

Jim McKelvey, President
Co-Founder of Square, Author and Founder of Invisibly & LaunchCode

Timothy McFadden, Secretary
Senior Partner, Fisher Broyles

Mark Brooks
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Centene Corporation

Alison Ferring
Community Volunteer

Michael Gallagher
Senior Strategic Advisor, World Wide Technology

Cyeria Jackson
Principal, Internal Audit, Amazon

Everett Johnson
Senior Director and Principal of Business Solutions Development, Edward Jones

Sarah Mayer
Retired Senior Director BDS Operations Architecture, Capabilities & Systems, Boeing

Julian Nicks
Consultant, Bain & Company

Brooke Williams
User Experience Specialist, Readout Health

Dan Gillian
Vice President of U.S. Government Services, Boeing Global Services

If you would like to connect with our Board of Directors, please contact LaunchCode’s Executive Director, Jeff Mazur. [email protected]