We are shaping the future of the world.

We are writing the code for the future — a world where young men of color acquire financial independence and social mobility through the power of code.

As technology continues to shape our world, All Star Code prepares the next generation of visionaries by teaching Scholars they are capable of changing society — making a brighter future for us all.

Our founder Christina Lewis believes that “with the right skills and support system behind young Black and Brown men, and their knowing that success is possible, there is no limit to what they can do.” We believe technology is the catalyst for turning today’s underrepresented into tomorrow’s leaders.

Facts are facts

55% of All Star Code Scholars over the age of 18 are first generation college students.

Danny Rojas, Executive Director

Danny Rojas is the Executive Director of All Star Code and brings more than twenty years of experience in strategic advising, management capacity building, and technology innovation in corporate, startup, and nonprofit ecosystems. He joined the organization in 2018 as Vice President of Programs, responsible for program strategy, delivery, and partnerships, and went on to serve as Executive Vice President.

Our Ambassadors

All Star Code Ambassadors embody our values, champion a growth mindset, and provide a sterling example for our Scholars and mentors as they seek to expand our mission.

Loida Nicolas Lewis

Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC, a family investment firm. She assumed leadership of the business after the death of her husband, Wall Street financier Reginald F. Lewis, in 1987.

Ken Chenault

Chairman and a Managing Director of the venture capital firm General Catalyst. Prior to joining General Catalyst, Ken was Chairman and CEO of American Express Company from 2001 to 2018.

Gerald Chertavian

Founder and CEO of Year Up, a national program that empowers underserved young adults to enter the economic mainstream.

Van Jones

CEO of REFORM, CNN political contributor, and host of The Van Jones Show. Jones has been a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than 25 years.

Jessica Lessin

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Information, the publication known for original, in-depth reporting about the technology industry.

Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO of Care.com, which launched in 2007. Today, Care.com is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care.

Charles Phillips

Chairman of the Board of Infor, the third largest business software applications company in the world with 90,000 customers in 190 countries and 17,000 employees.

Robert F. Smith

In 2000, Robert F. Smith founded Vista Equity Partners to invest in innovation by way of enterprise software and technology solutions. Today, he serves as Chairman and CEO of Vista, directing the firm’s strategy, governance and investor relations.

Darren Walker

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $16 billion international social justice philanthropy. He is a member of the Reimagining New York Commission and co-chair of NYC Census 2020. Darren chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy.

Ryan Williams

CEO of the technology-enabled investment platform Cadre, which he co-founded in 2014. Cadre is an online marketplace that provides institutions and individuals direct access to large commercial properties.

Our Board Members

Our board members are the stewards of our mission, dedicated to creating opportunities for young men of color in the innovation economy. Each one brings valuable knowledge and insight from perspectives that have been informed by their own unique journeys.

Michael Winchell
Board Chair

From 2012 through 2015 Michael served as Chief Investment Officer and founder of Larkin Point Investment Advisors LLC. Michael served Mariner Investment Group as a global macro portfolio manager, and served as Chief Risk Officer of Bear, Stearns & Co. from 1989-1998. Michael joined the Finance Committee of All-Star Code in 2018.

Gavin Leo-Rhynie
Vice Chair

Gavin is Vice President of Engineering at Google. Gavin is on the board of CFY New York, a nonprofit organization that helps students in low-income communities utilize digital learning to further their education. Gavin earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Elisabeth Mason
Board Director

Elisabeth Mason is the Founding Director of the Stanford Poverty and Technology Lab (formerly Stanford Technology, Opportunity and Poverty Lab or STOP) and a Senior Advisor at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.

A native of East Harlem where she developed her passion for social justice, Elisabeth was named “New Yorker of the Year” in 2015 by NY1 for her groundbreaking work fighting poverty, which reached nearly 20 percent of low-income New Yorkers.

Elliott Breece
Board Secretary

Elliott Breece is the Product Lead, Racial Justice at Google (Youtube). He was a Founder in Residence at Area 120, Google’s in-house incubator. Previously, Elliott was a Product Manager for YouTube and Google Play focusing on music products. Prior to Google, Elliott was the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Songza, which was acquired by Google in July of 2014. Before co-founding Songza, he co-founded Amie Street, a digital music store with demand-based pricing. Elliott is an alumni of Brown University and a native of Washington, D.C.

Ed Cordero
Board Treasurer

Ed Cordero has a long and distinguished 35+ year career in Technology and Financial Services. He currently has a senior role at Protiviti, a management consulting firm, focusing on cybersecurity, technology risk & controls, as well as organizational transformation initiatives.

Prior to joining Protiviti, Ed was a Managing Director at JP Morgan and has held executive leadership roles at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Ed is also an advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working with various organizations to advance the opportunities for minorities and the under-privileged.

Marcus Mitchell
Board Director

Marcus Mitchell is a Senior Engineering Director at Google. He works on software to automate Google’s supply chains for building data centers, consumer electronics, and more. He also works on Google initiatives to increase diversity in the tech industry. He previously worked on Google Checkout, Google Wallet, Google.org, and search personalization.

Djassi Julien
Associate Board Director

Djassi Julien is a Software Engineer at Google, where he works on improving the experience of Google Search users by organizing the search results page. He participated in the All Star Code Summer Intensive in 2014 and is a member of the first cohort of All Star Code alumni. He is also the first All Star Code alumni to sit on All Star Code’s Board of Directors. Djassi graduated in May 2020 from Harvey Mudd College where he studied Computer Science, Mathematics, and Literature.

Our People

The bright, talented people behind All Star Code work every day to create an environment where everyone can find and fulfill their potential.

Nadine Friedman-Roberts

Nadine Friedman-Roberts
Senior Director, Programs

Nadine Friedman-Roberts is a writer, disability advocate and nonprofit specialist practicing through an intersectional framework. As a white person working in the arena of racial and economic justice, she looks forward to ending the historical hoarding of economic, social and political resources by whiteness; resources that never belonged to us.

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Phillip Daniels
Senior Director, Development

With 20 years of experience in sales and fundraising, Phillip is inspired daily by giving back to his community. Phillip is responsible for building and executing the fundraising plan, implementing the strategic plan to support the function, running special events, and networking with community stakeholders.

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Tony Stewart
Director, Marketing & Communications

Bringing awareness to All Star Code’s mission and its network of talented Scholars ignites Tony’s passion as a marketer – with the hope that telling the incredible stories of these future leaders will further inspire others to be agents of positive change.

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Hunter Massey
Director, Finance & Operations

Hunter is our Senior Finance and Administration Manager and has been with All Star Code since 2016. Growing up, he was enrolled in similar non-profit programs that helped low-income minorities pursue higher levels of education which informs his work and passion behind All Star Code's mission.

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Rikelmi Marte

Rikelmi Marte
Director, Technology

Rikelmi Marte has over 10 years of experience in Information Systems. Rik enjoys collaborating and contributing with fresh ideas in order to solve the given challenges. Rik is responsible of overseeing the infrastructure of technical operations, and guiding the implementation of the strategic initiatives that help the organization achieve its goals.

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Khye Borg Liew
Director, Teaching and Learning

As a CS educator, Khye's work centers around mitigating educational inequities through the lens of Computer Science. He strives to maneuver education theories such as culturally relevant and student-centered pedagogy, and asset-based approach to make a significant impact in his students' lives.

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Pryanka Bawa
Senior Manager, Research & Evaluation

For years, Pryanka has witnessed determination and passion in each of our Scholars, and has been fortunate enough to see them transform into software engineers, project managers, and educators. This, and her strong affinity for data analytics, continues to motivate her to make the All Star Code experience more robust and sustainable.

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Chinue Foreman
Senior Manager, Scholar Services

As a youth advocate, Chinue strives to create programming that advances the academic and professional journeys of ambitious, talented young men of color so they can defy society's and their own expectations. She looks for dedicated and enthusiastic partners to engage with our Scholar community — whether they offer career, college, or educational opportunities.

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Kristina Coleman
Manager, Development

With a decade of experience in educational programming, Kristina is focused on growing and expanding program opportunities by fundraising, hosting events, and community outreach. Kristina builds relationships with community members, organizations, and partners and is excited to get to know all of All Star Code's supporters.

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Dante Rivera

Dante Rivera
Senior Associate, Technical Programs

As a former All Star Code student, Dante wanted to give back and help improve the amazing program he went through so many more students would be able to have that same life changing experience. Dante creates custom tools and websites along with helping the management and execution of internal processes, and works to create and improve All Star Code's SI curriculum.

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Rachel Armamentos
Senior Associate, Communications

With a background in communication and media theory, Rachel's work at All Star Code focuses on creating successful strategic planning for the organization’s continued growth. She is in constant awe of our Scholars’ kindness and determination as they innovate a new world forward.

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Janelle Reyes
Senior Associate, Programs

Janelle's values on reimagining spaces of community, equity, and access are the reasons why she believes in the work she is doing at All Star Code. As a Program Associate, Janelle's nonprofit background helps with managing the preparation and execution of the Summer Intensive and supporting outreach and programming within Scholar Services.

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Vanessa Ellers

Vanessa Ellers
Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Vanessa has always been passionate about social justice and human/animal rights. As a Latina, she feels personally connected to All Star Code’s mission of helping to close the racial wealth gap by providing training and continued support to the youth in our underserved communities.

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More About Us

We are begin accepting applications for our 2023 Summer Intensive in January

High school students of color who identify as male are eligible.

No coding experience necessary – just passion and drive.