Executive Director, CSNYC
Michael Preston is the Executive Director of CSNYC, the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education. CSNYC works to increase access to computer science in NYC public schools and is the city’s partner in the 10-year Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative. 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 software development projects 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.
Leigh Ann DeLyser
Director of Education and Research, CSNYC
Co-Founder, Chief Academic Officer, CSforALL
Leigh Ann is a lifelong advocate of computer science education. At CSNYC, Leigh Ann oversees research efforts and advises and implements programs that align with the organization’s strategic goals. Leigh Ann is also a co-founder of the CSforAll Consortium, a national network of CS education content providers, school districts, education associations, and researchers devoted to the mission of CSforAll. Prior to joining CSNYC, Leigh Ann worked for 10 years as a HS CS teacher, served on the Board of Directors for CSTA, and earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, with a focus on CS education. Leigh Ann also co-authored the influential Running on Empty report, highlighting the lack of standards in CS education in the United States.
Chief Evangelist, CSforALL
Ruthe Farmer is a driving force behind the CSforAll movement, having served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy during the Obama administration. While working to implement the CS for All initiative, Farmer held the first Summit on Computer Science for All and routinely engaged with community partners around the nation in support of the CS for All initiative. She received her BA from Lewis & Clark College, and at University of Oxford Said Business School, she received an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship.
Director of Strategic Programs, CSforALL
Jumee has 12 years of experience in People Operations and Program/Project Management working for Booz & Company (now Strategy& at PWC) and Tower Research Capital, and recruiting for Google. At Google, she joined the NYC Computer Science Education committee, where she developed a passion to provide underrepresented populations with access to a solid K12 CS education and related careers. Through CSforALL, she is excited to create a strategy with concrete deliverables to help all stakeholders working to support the mission of expanding CS for all students. Jumee received a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Senior Project Manager, CSforALL
Joshua Elder is a Senior Project Manager at CSforALL. At CSforAll, he will work with members of the CSforALL community hub to connect, engage and spread the computer science movement across the US. Prior to joining CSforAll, he spent the last 10 years in both domestic and international education. He is currently wrapping up his Master’s in Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He received his BS from Longwood University and M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Project Manager, CSforALL
As a Project Manager, Lauren hopes to facilitate meaningful, and sustainable connections between educators, researchers, and local partners in an effort to provide a quality computer science education for all learners, specifically children in rural and urban, disadvantaged communities. Receiving a Massachusetts Initial Teacher Certification in Middle and Secondary Visual Arts Education, she hopes to leverage her practical experience in the classroom to shape the projects, research and workshops for the CSforALL initiative. Lauren received a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross, is interested in the convergence of computational thinking and visual/tactile learning, and plans to pursue an MA in the Learning Sciences.
Web Design Intern, CSforALL
Leeba joined the CSforALL team to help with website updates and transitions. She is a current sophomore at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the process of completing her Bachelor’s degree in computer science and information security and she is founding the John Jay Women in Technology club. She is interested in promoting diversity in the tech field, especially within cybersecurity, with a special focus on introducing more opportunities for women in computer science.