TeachCS is led by Executive Director Rob Underwood. Rob Underwood has two decades of experience leading marketing, sales, product, operations, and technology initiatives in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, ranging in size from two-person startups to Fortune 100 corporations. Previous to TeachCS, Rob was the Chief Technology Officer of Relay Graduate School of Education, where he led product management and engineering. From 2006 to 2013 Rob was a senior manager in the strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting, where he help companies such as Cisco, Dell, Samsung, Citrix, Sun, and the American Red Cross with their channel and customer strategies. Rob is additionally the president of TTM Advisors LLC and serves as strategic advisor to several New York City based technology start-ups.
The founder and board chair for TeachCS is Pedro Torres-Mackie, a successful angel investor and venture capitalist based in New York City, who leads Quotidian Ventures. Pedro has helped technology entrepreneurs start over 60 for-profit ventures. Pedro is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (BASE) and the board of directors for the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC).
TeachCS is financially supported by Tata Consultancy Services, Microsoft, Google, and Quotidian Ventures and is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York City Foundation for Computer Science (CSNYC).
Members of the TeachCS advisory board have significant experience leading and starting non-profits and are:
- Mark Nelson. Executive Director, Computer Science Teachers Association
- Lucy Sanders. CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
- Melissa Moritz. Deputy Director Office of STEM at U.S. Department of Education. Previously Managing Director, STEM Initiative at Teach for America
- Evan Korth. Clinical Professor of Computer Science, NYU. Founding board member of Girls Who Code. Co-founder and founding Executive Director of the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC). Co-founder of hackNY, initially a fiscally sponsored project. In addition to founding several non-profits in the CS Education space, Evan was part of the founding team of both The Academy of Software Engineering and The Bronx Academy of Software Engineering — two NYC public high schools with four years of CS Education.
Along with the “Computer Science for All Community Giving” program of Infosys and Donor’s Choose, TeachCS is a component of the private sector collaboration to expand private sector support of computer science teacher professional development announced and described in the January 30, 2016 White House Fact Sheet about CSForAll. From the White House Announcement:
As part of its $120 million investment, NSF will provide $5 million to pilot and expand professional-development approaches in CS to additional schools across the United States, with funding from industry that will enable teachers to attend those pilot programs. Infosys Foundation USA will be a founding member of this public-private collaboration with a $1 million philanthropic donation, and, as an initial participant, Tata Consultancy Services is providing additional support in the form of grants to teachers in 27 U.S cities. This collaboration will ultimately provide opportunities for as many as 2,000 middle- and high-school teachers to deepen their understanding of CS.
For more information about TeachCS see our December 2015 launch press release.