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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86% 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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Erika Barr
Software Engineer
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Chris Bay
VP of Education and Technology
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Tiana Berry-Jones
VP of Marketing
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Kennedy Brown
Digital Marketing Specialist
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Patrick Cleary
GIS / DevOps Instructor
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Crystal Crump
Managing Director, Company Relations
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Adam Davis
Managing Director, Company Relations
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Lori Eaton
SVP, Company Relations
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Kossivi Esse
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Brian Feldman
VP of Company Relations
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Jim Flores
Education Program Developer
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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 Success Coach (she/her)
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Eshe Hawash
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Jacob Kalagian
Sr. Managing Director, Company Relations
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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
Digital Marketing Director
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Maggie Lampe
Finance Manager
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Carly Langlois
Education Curriculum Developer
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Ethan Leigh
VP of Finance
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Jess Longueville
Grants Manager
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Claire Martin
Company Relations Manager
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Paul Matthews
Education Program Developer & GIS / DevOps Instructor
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Matt Mawhinney
Director of Candidate Engagement
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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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Blake Mills
Lead Software Engineer
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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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Nick Rafferty
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Lori Rasmussen
Chief Development Officer
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Mandy Schultz
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Haley Shoaf
Vice President of Impact
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Rosanna Speller
Software Engineer
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Sally Steuterman
Education Program Developer
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Maria Laura Tarabillo
Candidate Engagement Manager - Tampa Bay
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Kate Verrill
People Operations Manager
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Ryan Walker
Director of Candidate Programs
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Lin Wang
Chief Program Officer
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Greg Wesloh
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Jessi Wilcox
Sr. Candidate Engagement Manager
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Quinn Wai Wong
Process Improvement Intern
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John Woolbright
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Carmen Ye
Director of People Operations
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Our Board Leadership


Jim McKelvey, President
Co-founder of Square & Founder of LaunchCode

Robin Carnahan, Treasurer
Consultant and former Missouri Secretary of State

Timothy McFadden, Secretary
Senior Partner, Polsinelli

Holly Benson
President & CEO, Health Care Enterprises, Centene Corporation

John Beatty
Senior Vice President and CHRO, BJC HealthCare

Alison Ferring
Community Volunteer

Michael Gallagher
Managing Director, Accenture

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
Community Volunteer

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