We’re building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology.
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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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.
Jim McKelvey, President
Co-Founder of Square, Author and Founder of Invisibly & LaunchCode
Robin Carnahan, Treasurer
Fellow, Georgetown University Beeck Center and former Missouri Secretary of State
Timothy McFadden, Secretary
Senior Partner, Fisher Broyles
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Centene Corporation
Senior Strategic Advisor, World Wide Technology
Principal, Internal Audit, Amazon
Senior Director and Principal of Business Solutions Development, Edward Jones
Retired Senior Director BDS Operations Architecture, Capabilities & Systems, Boeing
Principal, Technical Business Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Consultant, Bain & Company
User Experience Specialist, Readout Health
If you would like to connect with our Board of Directors, please contact LaunchCode’s Executive Director, Jeff Mazur. [email protected]