Code/Interactive is a not-for-profit organization that cultivates the potential of America’s youth by ensuring that all students have access to a high-caliber computer science education, entrepreneurship opportunities, and industry exposure.

C/I focuses on eliminating the representation gap in technology careers across lines of ethnicity, income, and gender/expression.

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MICHAEL DENTON

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO

Mike, an Ohio transplant and one of The Observer’s recent top young philanthropists, is focused on making sure every student has access to quality computer science education. Michael joined the ranks of Code/Interactive as Program Director after 6 years of volunteering and sitting on the Young Executive Board.

Prior to joining C/I, Michael was an executive producer at Code and Theory and managed small and large teams of web specialists to create tailored web-based community experiences. Michael received his MBA from The University of Cincinnati and holds a B.A. in Marketing/International Business from The Ohio State University.

TOM O'CONNELL

VICE PRESIDENT PROGRAMMING & PARTNERSHIPS

Tom is a former high school physics and computer science teacher who joined Code/Interactive as program director to build a professional development program for computer science teachers. Tom has fostered partnerships with dozens of middle and high schools in New York and Texas as a part of the the Computer Science For All initiative in NYC and nationally.

Additionally, Tom organizes and hosts education and tech events for the Bronx Tech Meetup, Out In Tech, Startup Weekend EDU, and various other nonprofits. He is an adjunct professor at the Lehman College Graduate School of Education and a facilitator for Exploring Computer Science.

CHRIS OTT

VICE PRESIDENT DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS

Chris Ott, a Brooklynite by way of Amsterdam, Houston, Atlanta, and various parts of Michigan, leads C/I’s development and operations efforts with the aim of creating a sustainable Code/Interactive.

A closet chemist and out-and-proud mathematician at heart, Chris entered the education space 10 years ago as a middle school science teacher, and has since then coached an extraordinarily talented crew of middle school math teachers, led the operations and finance side of Teach For America’s Houston institute, studied social science research methods and new media at the VU in the Netherlands, and managed special projects for Teach For America’s national development team.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KIRK MCDONALD

President
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SLOANE BARBOUR

Regional
Director
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MATT COHEN

Founder
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ADON DAVIS

Senior
Manager
Accenture

THOR ERNSTSSON

CEO
Alpha

CRAIG MEISNER

Fundraising
Professional

DAVID PASHMAN

General Counsel
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JOSEPH YASGUR

Owner
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MICHAEL VOSTRIZANSKY

VP
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YOUNG EXECUTIVE BOARD

LOLA
BANJO

MICHAEL
DAVIS

DIANA
DIBERNARDO

MAYOWA
FADINA

EVAN
FAIN

TANYA
KARSOU

BRETT
LACHER

ALLISON
LEIGH

DUSTIN
NEWMAN

OUR HISTORY

Code/Interactive (C/I) was founded in 2001 with the goal of breaking the poverty cycle of inner-city youth by providing positive leadership role models, participation in empowering outdoor leadership experiences, and access to technology training. This unique combination of technology and outdoor learning encouraged the development of self-esteem, built character and taught creative technology skills. Since 2012, C/I has strategically advanced towards an expanded mission of inspiring the next generation of diverse technology leaders in low-income communities. With our enhanced mission in mind, C/I redesigned its curriculum to increase its focus on computer science and entrepreneurship education to better prepare our students for the fast growing technology job market. We found that access to technology is important, but implementing technology skills as a potential career path is more meaningful. Our programs provide our students with hands-on training, opportunities to test and develop their technology skills, meaningful on-the-job experiences, and exposure to innovative workplaces.