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Bridgette Wallace  Founder/Executive Director

Bridgette is an out-of-the-box thinker who pushes hard for equity and inclusion for those that are undervalued and overlooked. Her goal is to create additional pipelines that enhance Boston's innovation mix by focusing on women, housing, technology, and entrepreneurship. As an urban planner and founder of Dudley Visions SkyLab and G{Code}, she has worked with institutions, coalitions, community residents, and city officials to develop economic networks and programs. Bridgette is particularly interested in rebuilding the ways Roxbury and other neighborhood economies emerge by delivering specialized, efficient, and innovative plans that fuel long-term economic growth for Black, Brown and immigrant residents. She received her Master’s in Urban Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from Tufts University. 

Korene Staurt - Director of Programming

Korene is a technologist that took a non-traditional path into the industry. She initially self-taught through Free Code Camp and went on to complete other tech certifications and boot camps in different languages including Python, JavaScript, C++, and Java. While developing her skills, she also started teaching others, first as a non-technical volunteer and eventually as the Tech Lead for the Miami Chapter of Black Girls Code. Her experiences include serving as chairman for Broward County Public Schools’ Student STEM Pathways, co-director for MAScode (Minorities Advancing through STEM), facilitator for the Jamaican Diaspora Education Task Force, and teacher for Girl Develop It. Korene has a Bachelor of Science in International Relations with two minors in African & African Diaspora Studies and Asian Studies. 

Magdalena Abrego-Baltay Operations/Development Manager

Magdalena Abrego is a Latine arts and technology professional whose curiosity initially led her to G{Code} as a student. After earning a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and a M.M. from the New England Conservatory, she completed the 2020 Intro to G{Code} program where she learned HTML, CSS, and Javascript. As a casual coder and restless creative, Magdalena returns to G{Code} with a passion for bolstering equity and accessibility in tech.

Ebony Hargro - Community Advocate

Ebony is a proud first-generation college grad & community-taught software engineer. She graduated from Duke University with a BA in International Studies and worked for almost three years for a small research firm before joining the G{Code} family in 2020 as a change maker. She leveraged her experience to transition from research to software engineering within a year before happily returning to G{Code} as a Community Advocate. She loves supporting the growth and development of fellow underrepresented minorities in technology & enjoys sharing advice and lessons learned via blogging and networking!

Bailey Siber - Advisor

Bailey is an Arab American technologist focused on addressing spatial and economic inequities in cities through economic development, workforce development, and placemaking initiatives. In addition to being a founding team member and advisor at G{Code}, she is pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in Social and Urban Policy as a Rappaport Fellow. Bailey received her Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and her background spans computer science, public health, and advocacy work. She is passionate about working at the intersection of tech, community building, and racial justice.

Rizel Scarlett - Advisor

Rizel is a software engineer, community builder, and educator. After completing Resilient Coders, a non-profit coding boot camp, Rizel worked as a Software Engineer for over three years and pursued a degree in Computer Science from Boston University. Rizel’s non-traditional path into tech ignited her passion for empowering and supporting budding software engineers. In addition to being a founding team member and advisor at G{Code}, she works as a Developer Advocate at GitHub. Rizel believes in leveraging open source principles, vulnerability, honesty, and kindness as means to educate early-career developers.

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