About

So what is LaunchCode?

LaunchCode is building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We are helping jobseekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship job placement.

Millions of Americans are unemployed, and many more are stuck in low-wage job cycles which leave them struggling to find jobs offering 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. The US Department of Labor predicts this situation will only worsen, leaving 1 million programming jobs unfilled by 2020. 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 experienced the lack of talent firsthand while trying to get his new company Square started 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.

LaunchCode was founded in 2013 to help companies find skilled, new tech talent from all backgrounds and walks of life.

If you’d like to connect and learn more about LaunchCode, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Our Impact So Far


Apprentices & Direct Hires

68%

Previously Earned Less Than $30k

24%

Female

37%

People Of Color

51%

Previously Unemployed

Students

65%

Previously Earned Less Than $30k

40%

Female

36%

People Of Color

32%

Previously Unemployed

Impact report data is for all apprentices, direct hires, and students in the LaunchCode system as of the date of last update.
Date Last Updated: 2018-07-17T22:11:10

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Our Staff

Chris Bay
Vice President of Education
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Tiana Berry-Jones
Creative Director
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Helena Boucard
Company Relations Manager KC
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Martin Cepeda
Growth Intern
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Crystal Crump
Company Relations Manager
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Lacey Elmange
Company Relations Manager - South Florida
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Brian Feldman
Company Relations Manager
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Daniel Fogarty
Director of Growth
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Leah Freeman
Public Relations Manager
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Jake Gower
VP of Company Relations
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Ingrid Harb
Company Relations Manager - Tampa Bay
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Niki Harris
Marketing & Design Apprentice
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Eshe Hawash
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Nick Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
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Jacob Kalagian
Director of Company Relations
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Kevin Kickham
Grants Manager
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Haley Kodner
Digital Marketing Manager
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Maggie Lampe
Finance Manager
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Ethan Leigh
Finance Director
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Paul Matthews
Education Program Manager
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Matt Mawhinney
Director of Candidate Engagement
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Rosa Mayer
VP of Market Expansion
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Jeff Mazur
Executive Director
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Blake Mills
Training Program Manager
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Dave Morse
Software Engineer
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Will Moulthrop
Community Relations Manager
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Ryan Neal
Training Program Coordinator
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Mike Northrop
Company Relations Manager
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Dave Oberting
Director of Special Projects
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Lori Rasmussen
VP, Resource Development
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Luke Sapa
Donor Relations 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 Manager
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Maria Laura Tarabillo
Candidate Engagement Manager - Tampa Bay
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Scott Thomas
Director of Technology
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Kate Verrill
People Operations Associate
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Ryan Walker
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Lin Wang
Director of Candidate Engagement
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Kelly Winzer
Candidate Engagement Manager - Kansas City
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Our Board Leadership


Jim McKelvey
Co-founder of Square & Founder of LaunchCode

Robin Carnahan
Former Missouri Secretary of State

Andy Hoyne
Senior Partner at Polsinelli Law Firm

Michael Gallagher
Managing Director at Accenture

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

Everett Johnson
Principal & Senior Director at Edward Jones