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. Code.org reports over 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 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 Staff

Jeremy Anderson
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Erika Barr
Software Engineer
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Chris Bay
VP of Education and Technology
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Tiana Berry-Jones
VP of Marketing
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Maryam Biazaran
Process Improvement Intern
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Kennedy Brown
Digital Marketing Specialist
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Patrick Cleary
GIS / DevOps Instructor
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Crystal Crump
Company Relations Manager
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Bonita Daughaday
Sr. Managing Director, Company Relations
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Adam Davis
Company Relations Manager
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Kossivi Esse
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Brian Feldman
Director of Company Relations
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Jim Flores
Education Program Developer
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Daniel Fogarty
VP of Growth
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Leah Freeman
Public Relations Director
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Eshe Hawash
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Jacob Kalagian
Director of Company Relations
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Kevin Kickham
Director of Institutional Giving
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Christopher King
Business Development Manager
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Benjamin Kitchens
Training Program Manager
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Haley Kodner
Digital Marketing Manager
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Maggie Lampe
Finance Manager
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Carly Langlois
Education Curriculum Developer
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Ethan Leigh
Finance Director
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Jess Longueville
Grants Manager
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Claire Martin
Company Relations Manager
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Paul Matthews
Education Program Developer & Program Instructor
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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
Education Program Developer
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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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Nick Rafferty
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Lori Rasmussen
Chief Development Officer
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Mandy Schultz
Donor Relations Associate
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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 Developer
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Maria Laura Tarabillo
Candidate Engagement Manager - Tampa Bay
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Kate Verrill
People Operations Manager
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Hannah Voudrie
Company Relations Manager
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Ryan Walker
Director of Candidate Programs
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Lin Wang
Director of Candidate Engagement
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Greg Wesloh
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Jessi Wilcox
Candidate Engagement Manager
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John Woolbright
Candidate Engagement Manager
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Carmen Ye
Director of People Operations
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Our Board Leadership


Jim McKelvey, President
Co-founder of Square & Founder of LaunchCode

Robin Carnahan, Treasurer
Consultant and former Missouri Secretary of State

Timothy McFadden, Secretary
Shareholder, Polsinelli

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

John Beatty
Senior Vice President and CHRO, BJC HealthCare

Michael Gallagher
Managing Director, Accenture

Everett Johnson
Senior Director and Principal of Business Solutions Development, Edward Jones

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

Brooke Williams
Community Volunteer

If you would like to connect with our Board of Directors, please contact LaunchCode’s Chief Development Officer, Lori Rasmussen. [email protected]