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Board Team

Our Board is made up of recognized leaders in software development, business and education.

Erin Bassity

Board Secretary

Erin Bassity is a software engineer at Shutterstock and a graduate of Turing’s 1701 backend cohort. Prior to becoming an engineer, she worked in communications and marketing for nonprofits and startups for more than 10 years. In 2018, she founded the Turing Alumni Committee to better connect and strengthen Turing’s growing alumni network. Erin is passionate about equity and social justice.

Gordon Bronson

Board Member

Gordon is the Director of Urban Innovation & Civic Partnerships at REEF Technology. REEF’s mission is to connect the world to your block by transforming underutilized urban spaces into neighborhood hubs that connect people to locally curated goods, services, and experiences. Prior to joining REEF, Gordon led Business Development & Corporate Affairs for Continuum Partners under CEO Mark Falcone, a Denver based real estate development firm specializing in large scale, highly innovative urban projects. Gordon formerly led Public Affairs at WeWork for the U.S. & Canada, where he built the regional public affairs team from the ground-up and launched WeWork in 25 cities while the company grew from 2,000 employees to more than 11,000 employees while developing WeWork’s brand through public relations, government relations, community partnerships, social impact and special projects.

Jeff Casimir

Executive Director

Stretching back to 2005, Jeff has more experience teaching Ruby and Rails than anyone in the world. Starting his education career with Teach for America in 2003, he’s taught middle school and high school, co-founded a middle school, and created Jumpstart Lab in 2009, Hungry Academy in 2012, and gSchool in 2013. Along the way he’s taught thousands of developers, taken nearly a hundred people from “no experience” to professional, and created over a thousand pages of instructional content. As the Executive Director of Turing School, Jeff designs the overarching instructional program, coordinates the instructional team, connects students with the community, directs the hiring process, and teaches full-group sessions.

Kareem Grant

Treasurer

A former management consultant and investment banker, Kareem began his software development career after completing a software development program in 2013. Kareem is passionate about building software and sharing his knowledge of programming. In the past, he served as the lead instructor for CodeNow; a non-profit focused on introducing underrepresented youth to coding. His specialties include product development, strategy, data analysis, and team-building. Kareem is currently a lead product manager for a blockchain startup in NYC.

Samantha Holloway

Board Member

Samantha leads Customer Success, Support, Sales & Marketing at GoSpotCheck to deliver business impact to enterprise category leaders around the world. Samantha is a former retail entrepreneur with graduate degrees in business and psychology from the University of Denver. Samantha’s vision and customer advocacy inform GoSpotCheck’s product roadmap to guide innovations in machine learning, image recognition, and intelligent workforce collaboration. GoSpotCheck believes business has a fundamental imperative to help solve the complex challenges facing our planet today. Samantha’s building a company that helps front line teams succeed so the enterprises they serve can do just that.

Roz Lemieux

Board Member

Roz is a Senior Director of Platform Product Management at Blackbaud Inc., the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. In her current role, Roz oversees Blackbaud's developer and core platform strategy, Blackbaud Labs, and the Social Good Startup initiative. Previously, Roz was the CEO of Attentive.ly (acquired by Blackbaud in 2016) and a founding partner of Fission Strategy (now DoBigThings.today), a creative agency that has helped hundreds of organizations design and run integrated digital campaigns. She served as Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute (NOI), a training institute for tech-enabled grassroots organizers. Roz gained experience in digital organizing as an early member of the MoveOn.org team, serving as the Feminist Majority Foundation's web team director, and running her own consulting practice. She has won awards for her work, including a Stevie Award for Women in Business, a Campaigns & Elections Innovator award, the Women’s Information Network 'Young Women of Achievement' award. She has served on the boards of the National Priorities Project and the Chattahoochee Hills Charter School; and as an advisor to LP2X, an Atlanta-based incubator for female-founded businesses. She is a contributing author to Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success and a forthcoming textbook about ethics in political communications.

Neal Sales-Griffin

Vice Chairman of the Board

Neal works as the CEO of CodeNow, a nationally recognized non-profit organization working to expose high school students to programming. Neal was a part of launching the accelerated software training industry, co-founding The Starter League in 2011 and running the organization through acquisition in 2016. For Turing, Neal leverages his deep connections to the tech education industry along with the perspective of an entrepreneur to help our continued growth.

Bree Thomas

Chairwoman of the Board

Bree is the Chief Product Officer at Vangst. Her career stretches over 15 years leading product and marketing teams in growth and innovation. She began her career agency-side, developing international campaigns and software for consumer lifestyle brands including Audi, The North Face, Vans, Oakley, Beats by Dre, Happy Madison Productions, and Paramount Pictures. She took a detour to learn how to write code with Turing, and was also an instructor for Turing's front-end program. Well versed across a variety of other verticals, including healthcare, education, fast-casual food, commercial insurance, and the cannabis industry, Bree brings a unique breadth of perspective from her experience in being a Turing alum to helping early-to-mid-stage startups scale to market-leading differentiators.

Tyler Willis

Board Member

Tyler is the co-founder of Unsupervised, which builds AI that helps people make better decisions, and is an investor in some well-known technology companies like Lyft, Patreon, Calm, Long-Term Stock Exchange, and others. In addition to this work, Tyler co-founded three non-profit organizations and has worked on causes related to housing, economic inequity, and medical research.

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