Fred Wilson, Founder & Chair Emeritus
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He is currently a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Pedro Torres-Mackie, Chair
Pedro is the Founder and Managing Director of Quotidian Ventures. He started the early-stage VC firm in 2010 to invest in passionate entrepreneurs and help them realize their potential to turn great ideas into amazing companies. Through Quotidian, Pedro has invested in 60+ companies with $1.5B+ in realized exits to date. In 2015, he was selected as part of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital. In addition to his role at Quotidian, he is currently an Advisor at AngelList, a member of the Advisory Board for the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, and a Mentor at iMentor.
Sarah Holloway, Vice Chair
Sarah Holloway has been working in the New York City nonprofit sector for 25 years and has helped launch a half dozen social ventures, including MOUSE.org and CSNYC. Sarah is also a member of the faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University where she teaches nonprofit management and finance and social entrepreneurship. Sarah has served on multiple nonprofit boards including LIFT Investments, the NYC Workforce Investment Board, TeachersCount, the Ft. Tryon Park Trust, Mission Restore, the Institute of Play, the Armory Foundation, and Columbia Entrepreneurship. Sarah received a Bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from SIPA at Columbia University.
Evan Korth, Vice Chair
Evan Korth is a Clinical Professor of Computer Science at NYU where he is faculty advisor to their chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Tech@NYU, as well as coach of the ICPC Programming Team. In addition to teaching some foundational CS courses, he teaches 'Information Technology Projects,' a course in which students solve real-world problems with NYC companies, including some well known start-ups. In 2006, he revived the long defunct Computers in Society course. Evan is a Co-founder of hackNY, Director of the New York Tech Meetup and Girls Who Code, TechStars mentor, VP of the Internet Society of NY and a member of the investment committee for the NYU Innovation Venture Fund.
Tarika Barrett currently serves as VP of Programs at Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Most recently, Tarika worked as the Chief Program Officer at iMentor, supporting first generation students in graduating high school and succeeding in college. Prior to this, she worked in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness at the New York City Department of Education supporting a portfolio of options for students significantly off-track academically, as well as developing new school models including the Academy for Software Engineering. Tarika's previous experience includes serving as a Deputy Network Leader at New Visions for Public Schools, designing and implementing research and program evaluations, teaching high school students, and working as a political organizer. Tarika holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College, an M.A. in Deaf Education from Columbia's Teachers College, and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from New York University.
Michael Carter is Co-Head of the RBC Technology Investment Banking Group, a member of the Investment Banking Management Committee and Innovation Council. Prior to joining RBC, Mr. Carter was a Managing Director at both Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. He is a member of the Spelman College Investment Committee, the Arts & Sciences Advisory Board for Washington University in St. Louis, the NAF STEM Advisory Committee, the Advisory Board for CODE 2040 and a member of The Executive Leadership Council. Mr. Carter is a Los Angeles Coro Fellows Scholar and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Leigh Ann DeLyser
As CSNYC's Director of Education and Research, Leigh Ann designs and leads research and programmatic efforts to support the expansion of computer science education to all of NYC’s public schools. Before CSNYC, Leigh Ann worked for 12 years first as a high school CS teacher and later as a college CS professor at a range of institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, NYU, and Westchester Community College, and she served on the Board of Directors for the Computer Science Teachers Association. Leigh Ann earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, with a focus on CS education. Leigh Ann has authored numerous research papers and reports including the influential Running on Empty report that highlighted the lack of standards in CS education in the United States.
Michael Dubno is a founder and partner of Gadgetoff, a world renowned organization that brings innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs together once a year for a special event. Gadgetoff has attracted hundreds of participants with thousands of patents and billions of dollars in net worth. Mr. Dubno recently retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the CIO of Global Markets, Risk Technology, and Quantitative Strategies. He completed the technology merger between the bank and Merrill Lynch, revamped the technology and operations areas, and created a set of strategic platforms for calculating risk, electronic trading, and managing the Global Markets businesses. Mr. Dubno worked as CTO and partner for Goldman Sachs, where he created Wall Street’s premier risk system (SecDb), the firm’s first electronic and program trading systems, the firm’s Institutional Portal and Private Wealth Management sites. He pioneered the use of the Internet at Goldman Sachs and also created the Investment Research software platform. Mr. Dubno is on the board of Cerebellum Capital, an innovative hedge fund based on machine learning. Mr. Dubno was the acting CTO for part of Senator Obama’s first presidential election campaign. He serves on a Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee taskforce to assist the TSA. He is the co-chairman of the charity organization FIRST in New York City, which inspires and engages students in the studies of science and technology. Mr. Dubno wrote a top selling video game; parts of the CP/M operating system and briefly attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His hobbies include: robotics, welding, machining, art, artificial intelligence, and volleyball.
Jeff Forbes is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University. His scholarly interests include computer science education, social information processing, and learning analytics. From 2011-2014, he served as a Program Director for the Education & Workforce program in the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. From 2014-2017, he served as an Associate Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Doug Jaffe is a Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the US Education Program. Doug has spent the past decade working to improve public education, most recently as an adviser to the New York State Commissioner of Education. He has also held roles in the New York City Department of Education where he led human capital, strategy, data and technology initiatives. Prior to working in education, Doug spent his days in the private sector developing business and technology systems and consulting for organizations large and small. He began his career installing computer networks for local businesses while in high school before joining Andersen Consulting (Accenture) after college. Doug holds a Bachelors degree from Clark University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Michael has developed, implemented, and studied technology and learning for 20 years. As CSNYC's Executive Director, Michael oversees the strategic and programmatic efforts that have helped build the foundation of Computer Science for All students in New York City public schools. Prior to joining CSNYC, he designed and led digital learning initiatives at the NYC Department of Education including programs in middle and high school computer science, personalized learning, and digital literacy. At Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, he led the development of and research studies on multimedia analysis tools. He has taught courses in psychology and research methods at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. He received a B.A. from Harvard University.
Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Lucy has worked in R&D and executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years, where she specialized in systems-level software and solutions (multi-media communication, and customer relationship management). Lucy was awarded the Bell Labs Fellow Award, the highest technical accomplishment bestowed at the company, and she has six patents in the communications technology area. Lucy currently serves as a Trustee for the Colorado School of Mines, the Center for American Entrepreneurship in Washington D.C. and the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem Commission for the National Academies and the Innovation Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Lucy received her B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado Boulder, respectively.
Hope Schefler Taitz is currently the Managing Partner of ELY Advisors. After graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania majoring in economics and concentrating in marketing, Ms. Taitz began her investment banking career first as a mergers and acquisitions analyst and then as an associate at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Ms. Taitz continued as a Vice President at The Argosy Group (now part of CIBC) and a Managing Director at Crystal Asset Management before founding her own money management firm, Catalyst Partners. Now acting as a consultant focused on analyzing and investing in the consumer industry in both early and late stage, Ms. Taitz sits on the boards of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc., Athene Holding Ltd., Athene Life Re Ltd., Athene USA Corporation, Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company, Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of New York, Athene Annuity and Life Company, Athene Life Insurance Company of New York, Diamond International Resorts, Inc., Lumenis Ltd., MidCap Finco Holdings Limited, MidCap FinCo Limited and MCFeeder Limited. She is a founding executive member of Youth Renewal Fund and a current executive board member of Pencils of Promise. Ms. Taitz also sits on the board of the Future Project and acts as the Co-Chair of the Westchester division of the Penn Alumni Interview Program for the University of Pennsylvania.
Jessica Traynor is the Executive Director and President of Siegel Family Endowment, a New York-based family foundation whose mission is to understand and shape learning in our innovation-driven world. She joined SFE in its earliest days and has been responsible for establishing the foundation’s strategy and approach and for building its team. Previously, Jessica led academic relations at Facebook, was the director of development for Computing & Information Science at Cornell University, and taught in the classroom. Jessica holds a M.Ed. from Loyola University and a B.S. from Cornell University.