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

75%

Previously Earned Less Than $30k

29%

Female

28%

People Of Color

54%

Previously Unemployed

Students

64%

Previously Earned Less Than $30k

42%

Female

31%

People Of Color

33%

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: 2017-12-14T21:38:09

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Our Staff

Kevin Ackermann
Marketing Specialist
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Chris Bay
Education Director - Curriculum
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Tiana Berry-Jones
Director of Marketing & Design
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Crystal Crump
Company Relations Manager
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Lacey Elmange
Company Relations Manager - South Florida
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Kari Fass
Company Relations Manager - Portland
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Brian Feldman
Company Relations Manager
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Leah Freeman
Public Relations Manager
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David Fruchter
Company Relations Manager - Seattle
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Kathryn Golden
Community Engagement Manager - Kansas City
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Jake Gower
VP of Company Relations
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Lisa Hare
Candidate Engagement Manager - Seattle
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Eshe Hawash
Candidate Success Coordinator
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Amber Johansen
Director of Advancement
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Nick Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
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Jacob Kalagian
Business Development Lead
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Kevin Kickham
Grants Manager
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Ethan Leigh
Finance Manager
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Paul Matthews
Candidate Engagement & Course Success Manager
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Matt Mawhinney
Florida Program Director
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Rosa Mayer
VP of Market Expansion
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Jeff Mazur
Executive Director
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Mike Menne
Director of Technology
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Blake Mills
Training Engineer
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Philip S Morris
Operations Research Manager
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Dave Morse
Software Engineer
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Mike Northrop
Company Relations Manager
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Ebony Pollard
Lead Accountant
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Lori Rasmussen
VP, Finance & People Operations
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Sarah Richardson
Software Engineer & Curriculum Developer
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Emre Sarbak
VP of Technology & Operations
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Haley Shoaf
Education Director - Operations
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Rosanna Speller
Junior Developer
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Sally Steuterman
Candidate Engagement Manager - Midwestern Offices
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Scott Thomas
Product Manager
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Rakeem Thomas
Candidate Engagement Manager - South Florida
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Lin Wang
Education Operations Manager
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Anna Welchman
Company Relations 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