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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].

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Our Staff

Jeremy Anderson
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Erika Barr
Software Engineer
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Chris Bay
Vice President of Education
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Tiana Berry-Jones
VP of Marketing
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Zach Callaway
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Crystal Crump
Company Relations Manager
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Bonita Daughaday
Sr. Managing Director, Company Relations
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Kossivi Esse
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Brian Feldman
Director of Company Relations
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Daniel Fogarty
VP of Growth
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Leah Freeman
Public Relations Director
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Ingrid Harb
Company Relations Manager - Tampa Bay
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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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Claire Martin
Company Relations Manager
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Paul Matthews
Education Program Manager
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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
Training Program Manager
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Dave Morse
Software Engineer
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Ryan Neal
Director of Targeted Training
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Mike Northrop
Company Relations Manager
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Dave Oberting
Director of Special Projects
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Jac Peery
Resource Development Associate
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Nick Rafferty
Training Program Manager
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Lori Rasmussen
VP, Resource Development
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Sarah Shelton
Brand 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 Manager
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Ryan Walker
Director of Candidate Programs
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Jessi Wilcox
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Our Board Leadership


Jim McKelvey
Co-founder of Square & Founder of LaunchCode

John Beatty
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at BJC HealthCare

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

Robin Carnahan
Former Missouri Secretary of State

Michael Gallagher
Managing Director at Accenture

Everett Johnson
Principal & Senior Director at Edward Jones

Sarah Mayer
Senior Director BDS Operations Architecture, Capabilities & Systems at Boeing

Tim McFadden
Senior Partner at Polsinelli