Our Mission

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

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.

85% of LaunchCoders

begin their career without a degree in computer science

More than 4/5

of our apprentices are converted to permanent employment

2x Previous Salary

Is the average beginning wage of LaunchCode hires

500+ Company Partners

work with LaunchCode to hire our apprentices

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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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Tina Baraba
Finance Manager
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Lexi Baysinger
Director of Career Readiness
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Candice Bobbitt
VP of Finance
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Carlin Brent
Chief Commercial Officer
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JerMarco Britton
Education Operations Manager
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Colin Brock
Education Operations Manager
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Emma Buerke
Creative Services Manager
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Carly Clark
Vice President of People Operations
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Shaw Coney
Senior Talent Manager
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Kellye Crockett
Vice President Candidate Recruitment
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Crystal Crump
Senior Managing Director, Company Relations
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Jenny Engard
Head of Education Operations
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Gracie Evers
Education Operations Manager
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Lisa Fister
Executive Assistant
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Leah Freeman
Vice President of Marketing and External Relations
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Tasha Gill
Operations Analyst
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David Gorosh
Senior Facility Manager
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Kevin Kickham
Vice President of Donor Relations and Alumni Relations
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Claire Kim
Candidate Recruitment Manager
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Haley Kodner
Senior Director of Marketing
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Maggie Lampe
Senior Finance Manager
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Ethan Leigh
Chief Finance and Operating Officer
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Tiffany McBride
Senior Career Management Specialist
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Barbara McCray
Receptionist & Facilities Coordinator
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Seth Near
Senior Software Engineer
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Julian Nicks
Chief Executive Officer
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Mike Northrop
Lead Managing Director, Company Relations
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Courtney Schlueter
Grants Manager
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Allison Sissom
Education Operations Director
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Keith Slater
VP of Technology
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Rosanna Speller
Lead Software Engineer (she/her)
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Sally Steuterman
Technical Education Director
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Alisha Straws
Marketing Manager
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Savannah Tomas
Enrollment Operations Specialist
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Kate Verrill
Senior Director of People Operations
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Ryan Walker
Senior Software Engineer (They/Them)
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Lin Wang
Chief Program Officer
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John Woolbright
Technical Education Engineer
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Book Events at LaunchCode

We love our community! LaunchCode's headquarters is located at 4811 Delmar Blvd. and while its primary use is as a learning center for our students and an office for our staff, we love to host other organizations and companies for events and meetings that align with our mission.

Please use the below form to request use of our space. We do hold frequent classes and events which take priority over requests from outside organizations and companies. Once you complete this form, someone from our staff will be in contact with you on space availability.

Depending on the date and time of your request, your organization could be subject to a building cleaning and/or security fee.

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Our Board Leadership


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

Timothy McFadden, Secretary
Senior Partner, Fisher Broyles

Mark Brooks
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

Alison Ferring
Philanthropic Advocate and Community Organizer

Michael Gallagher
Senior Strategic Advisor, World Wide Technology

Cyeria Jackson
Head of Internal Audit for Devices, Media and Entertainment, Amazon

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

Dan Gillian
Vice President and General Manager of Mobility, Boeing

Joe Calia
Sr. Vice President, Business Operations - Payment Networks, Mastercard

Sarah Mayer
Retired Sr. Director, Digital Integration & Analytics, Boeing and Former LaunchCode Interim CEO

Jaimee Robles
Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business Platforms at Centene Corporation

Pete Kunz
Vice President and Air Dominance Division Chief Engineer, Boeing

If you would like to connect with our Board of Directors, please contact Julian Nicks, LaunchCode CEO, at [email protected].