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About Us

As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, we bring together employers, students, and colleges to eliminate inequities in tech education, diversify the field, and provide underrepresented students with a path toward economic mobility and generational wealth.

Our programming centers the needs and success of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and low-income Computer Science students. We strategically partner with CS Departments at Colleges and Universities with the highest enrollment numbers for these groups.

WHY CODEPATH

Creating a New Future in Tech

Breaking into the tech industry requires a number of factors: industry-relevant knowledge, connections, very specific hard and soft skills, an understanding of how to navigate the job search and the technical interviewing process. ​​Many college CS programs simply don’t have the depth of resources or support needed to practically set students up for career success, like keeping up with latest industry trends, building employer partnerships, and providing access to critical internships where students can get a foothold in the industry.

Even the most well-funded, prestigious programs can have gaps–from microaggressions in the classroom to lack of personal support–that prevent an equitable and comprehensive education. These barriers are particularly detrimental to Black, Latinx, Indigenous, first-generation, and low-income students.

CodePath was founded to change that. We believe tech excellence lies at the intersection of skill and opportunity. We also believe that tech excellence can be within reach for anyone, if given the right resources—and the chance to apply them. When bright CS students, CS college programs, and top tech employers come together, all can benefit—and create a new, more inclusive future of tech.

WHAT WE DO

Tech Excellence for All

The CodePath Model meets the needs of underrepresented CS students seeking meaningful tech careers, colleges seeking help filling the gaps between education and job offers for students, and tech employers seeking excellent, diverse, job-ready talent. Our programming cultivates “demand” through employer partnerships in the tech industry, and “supply” of trained students seeking internships and full-time roles, with CodePath college partners serving a crucial role at the center of this work.

 

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Students

Through intensive technical training, mentorships, comprehensive career services, and employer connections, students get the access, exposure, and community they need to successfully navigate the tech industry and jumpstart their career, at no cost to them.

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Colleges

In working with CS professors, CodePath programming helps partner colleges supplement their curriculum with the industry skills, knowledge, and network students need to succeed in the highest levels of the tech industry.

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Employers

CodePath employer partners gain access to diverse, excellent engineers at scale. CodePath offers a range of partnership options to help employers build their brand with our student community and fill internship programs and full-time roles with the best of the best.

IMPACT

10,000 Students and Counting

Since our founding in 2017 as a nonprofit, CodePath has helped thousands of students at more than 70 campuses persist in their CS journeys and thrive in technology careers.

 

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Reach

10,000
college students enrolled

61%
identify as low-income or underrepresented minorities

70+
university and colleges served, 57% of which are minority-serving institutions, including HBCUs and HSIs

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Outcomes

86%
of participants in our Summer Internship for Tech Excellence program secured junior year paid internship opportunities

75
employer partners hiring our students into software engineering positions

1,100+
mentors supporting our students

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Systemic Impact

5x
better job outcomes for Black CodePath alumni than Black HBCU CS grads nationally

59%
of CodePath seniors secured full-time positions in tech within 6 months of graduating in 2021

90%
of CodePath students who secured tech jobs identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, first generation, and/or low income

PARTNERS

Thanks to Our Funders and Sponsors

Support from funders and sponsors allows us to offer CodePath courses and resources at no cost to students and colleges around the country.

Leading Partners

blue meridian partners logoCognizant Foundation logoComcast logoGoogle About Page LargeKnight Foundation logoLockheed Martin logoMeta logoNew Profit logoRed Nose Day logoSalesforce logoWalmart logoWorkday logo

Supporters

alteryx logoandreessen horowitz logoBase 10 logoBloomberg logoCapital One logoCourse Hero logoGulaTech Foundation logoReboot Representation logoVenture Miami logoVerizon logoVisa logoY Combinator logo

Community Partners

We collaborate and partner with these organizations to extend our robust programs to underrepresented students.

AnitaB.ORG logoCODE logoHispanic Heritage Foundation logoMLT logo

 

OUR TEAM

Staff

Our team at CodePath is diverse in background and experience, but united under one vision: A world in which all people, regardless of background, socioeconomic status, race, or gender, have the access and opportunity to reach their full potential in the tech industry.

ALIYAH PAYTON
HR Coordinator
ANTHONY DAVIS
Career Center Program Manager
CARLOS ROQUE
Regional Outreach Coordinator
DANA LEDYARD
Chief Operating Officer
EMILY CHONG
Vice President of Marketing
EMILY GARVEY
Director of Programs
ERICA WONG
Director of Development
GENEVA SCOTT
Director of Career Center
HANNAH WALDEN
Director of Curriculum
KAREN CARREON
Curriculum Developer
KELLION KNIBB
Senior Manager of Student Marketing
KELLY ANGUIANO
Vice President of Programs
KELSEY JOHNSON
Career Center Program Manager
KORTNEY TIBBITS
Finance Associate
LYNN SHIN
Senior Instructional Programs Manager
MARIO OLIVARES
Curriculum Developer
MICHAEL ELLISON
Co-Founder & CEO
NATHAN ESQUENAZI
Co-Founder & CTO
OLUREMI OLUFEMI
Director of Measurement Learning and Evaluation
PATRICIA CHU
Director of Program Ops
SAMANTHA HE
Senior Curriculum Developer
SAR CHAMPAGNE BIELERT
Curriculum Developer
SARAH PERRY
Grants Manager
SEANEY SHELL
Program Manager
SUSIE LIANG
Instructional Program Manager
TIM LEE
Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer
TORI DARBY
Senior Manager, University Partnerships
TORI RODRIGUEZ
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
VELETA SAVANNAH
Vice President of Finance and HR
VICTORIA ANGULO
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Board of Directors

GABRIEL AUL
Vice President, Meta Reality Labs Product + Engineering
JULES WALTER
Product Lead, YouTube
KRISTEN TITUS
Executive Director, Cognizant Foundation
MICHAEL ELLISON
Co-Founder & CEO, CodePath
VLADIMIR FEDOROV
Formerly Senior Vice President, Privacy Engineering and Product, Meta

Engineering Brain Trust

Our Engineering Brain Trust is a committee of senior technical leaders who will provide industry knowledge to advance the depth and breadth of our curriculum and ensure our students achieve the highest level of excellence possible in their technology careers.

DWANA FRANKLIN-DAVIS
CEO, Reboot Representation Tech Coalition
MIKE CURTIS
Board of Directors, Zendesk
SONA VENKAT
Vice President of Engineering and Head of Cloud Product, Comcast NBCUniversal
STEVE NEWMAN
CTO and Founder, Scalyr
VIVEK VAIDYA
General Partner and CTO, super{set}
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Origin Story

Never Forget the Journey

As entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Michael Ellison, Nathan Esquenazi, and Tim Lee saw several gaps in the way engineering talent was being trained and upskilled. To bridge it, they founded CodePath.com, a technical training organization for the world’s top technology companies—including Facebook, Google, Dropbox, Airbnb, and Netflix.

After teaching thousands of engineers across major technology companies, it became clear that talent was everywhere, but opportunity was not. In 2017, the team behind CodePath.com founded CodePath.org to build more pathways to tech excellence by eliminating educational inequity in technical education, starting with college CS education.

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MICHAEL ELLISON

Co-Founder & CEO

“80% of underrepresented minorities drop out of Computer Science. We believe the best way to grow the number of underrepresented minorities in tech is to make sure they persist in college CS programs through graduation. This belief is producing exceptional results.”

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NATHAN ESQUENAZI

Co-Founder & CTO

“As a CS student, I felt like I wasn’t being set up for success and I didn’t know what to do about it. CodePath gives students the map of the real world I wish I had when I was in their shoes.”

Timothy Lee
TIM LEE

Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer

“For tech employers, CodePath is the Holy Grail. Recruiters and employers we work with know that CodePath students aren’t just ‘good enough’ hires—they’re getting the best of the best because of the rigorous program.”

Together, We Can Make Tech Excellence Accessible for All