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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4811 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63108

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Jabari Adams
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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Lexi Baysinger
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Tiana Berry-Jones
VP of Marketing
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Candice Bobbitt
Finance Manager
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Kaleb Bolen
People Operations Associate
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Jennifer Brake
Chief Development Officer
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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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Shaw Coney
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Crystal Crump
Senior Managing Director, Company Relations
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Erin Davison
Market Engagement Manager
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Lori Eaton
SVP, Company Relations
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Uche Erondu
Marketing Manager
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Leah Freeman
Public Relations Director
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Courtney Frey
Education Program Developer
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Sarah Freymiller
Candidate Engagement Manager (they/them)
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Tasha Gill
Data Analysis Associate
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David Gorosh
Facility Manager
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Julio Govreau
VP of People Operations
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Keighan Gunther
AVP, Philadelphia
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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 Associate
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Kevin Kickham
Director of Institutional Giving
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Claire Kim
Customer Success Manager
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Haley Kodner
Director of Digital Marketing
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Maggie Lampe
Finance Manager
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Devina Lee Sheng Tin
Candidate Engagement Associate
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Ethan Leigh
VP of Finance
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Jess Longueville
Grants Manager
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Jeff Mazur
Executive Director
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Kathy McCadden
Senior Donor Relations Manager
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Barbara McCray
Receptionist & Facilities Coordinator
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Ryan Neal
Director of Talent Solutions
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Seth Near
Software Engineer
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Mike Northrop
Lead Managing Director, Company Relations
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Clark Roman
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Leah Schare
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Mandy Schultz
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Haley Shoaf
VP of Justice Programs
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Keith Slater
VP of Technology
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Lekan Sobomehin
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Rosanna Speller
Software Engineer (she/her)
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Sally Steuterman
Education Program Developer
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Savannah Tomas
Talent Solutions Associate
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Kate Verrill
Senior People Operations Manager
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Ryan Walker
Software Engineer (They/Them)
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Lin Wang
Chief Program Officer
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Jessi Wilcox
VP of Impact
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John Woolbright
Technical Curriculum Developer
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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

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

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 Executive Director, Jeff Mazur. [email protected]