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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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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Tina Baraba
Finance Manager
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Lexi Baysinger
Director of Candidate Engagement and Career Readiness
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Tiana Berry-Jones
VP of Marketing & Creative
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Candice Bobbitt
VP of Finance
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Kaleb Bolen
People Operations Associate
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Carlin Brent
Vice President of Company Relations
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Colin Brock
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Emma Buerke
Creative Services Manager
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Ben Clark
Director of Instruction for Justice Programs
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Nick Clark
Sr. Donor Relations Manager
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Shaw Coney
Talent Manager
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Crystal Crump
Senior Managing Director, Company Relations
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Erin Davison
Market Engagement Manager
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Gracie Evers
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Leah Freeman
VP of Strategic Communications
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Courtney Frey
Education Program Developer
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Sarah Freymiller
Senior Learner Success Manager (they/them)
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Tasha Gill
Operations Analyst
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David Gorosh
Senior Facility Manager
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Julio Govreau
VP of People Operations
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Magdalene James
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Jonaie Johnson
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Kate Kershaw
Managing Director, Kansas City
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Bryar Keyes
Public Relations Manager
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Kevin Kickham
Vice President of Donor Relations
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Claire Kim
Talent Solutions Program 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
CFO
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Lonette Lowary
Candidate Engagement Associate
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Ricardo Martinez
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Sarah Mayer
Interim Executive Director
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Kathy McCadden
Director of Development
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Barbara McCray
Receptionist & Facilities Coordinator
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Seth Near
Senior Software Engineer
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Mike Northrop
Lead Managing Director, Company Relations
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Nicole Pope
VP of Impact
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Clark Roman
Senior Candidate Engagement Manager
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Leah Schare
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Courtney Schlueter
Grants Manager
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Haley Shoaf
VP of Justice Programs
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Allison Sissom
Director of Talent Solutions
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Keith Slater
VP of Technology
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Lekan Sobomehin
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Rosanna Speller
Lead Software Engineer (she/her)
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Sally Steuterman
Senior Education Program Developer
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Alisha Straws
Marketing Manager
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Rob Thomas
Vice President of Education
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Savannah Tomas
Senior Talent Solutions Program Manager
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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
Senior Technical Curriculum Developer
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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 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

Julian Nicks
Consultant, Bain & Company

Brooke Williams
User Experience Specialist, Readout Health

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

Ernest Smiley
Chief Data Scientist and CISO, Kingdom Capital
Founder and CEO, Georgetown Analytics and Technology

If you would like to connect with our Board of Directors, please contact LaunchCode's Interim Executive Director, Sarah Mayer at [email protected]