Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Michael has been an educational leader and innovator for more than 20 years. He has created initiatives and led teams to reshape teaching and learning with technology in both K-12 and university contexts. CSforALL is the evolution of CSNYC, the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education, of which Michael was the Executive Director for three years before shifting the organization’s focus from local implementation to national scale. CSNYC remains 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 PhD in Cognitive Science in Education.
Leigh Ann DeLyser
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Leigh Ann is a lifelong advocate of computer science education. At CSforALL, Leigh Ann oversees the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization and directs a research agenda to measure impact and inform future organizational efforts. Prior to the launch of CSforALL, Leigh Ann served as the Director of Education and Research at CSNYC, where she designed and led 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 PhD 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, highlighting the lack of standards in CS education in the United States.
Ruthe Farmer is a national advocate for gender equity and diversity in technology, and has focused her efforts on diversity in technology and engineering since 2001. At CSforALL, she serves as Chief Evangelist, working to invite new stakeholders to the CSforALL table – and make the table bigger. Prior to joining CSforALL, Ruthe served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, led strategy and K-12 programs at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) , and implemented national tech and engineering programs at Girl Scouts of the USA. She has launched multiple national inclusion programs including Aspirations in Computing, TECHNOLOchicas, the AspireIT outreach program, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts, Intel Design & Discovery and more. She served as 2012 Chair of CSEDWeek, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Joshua Elder is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at CSforALL. Joshua oversees the “Supporting Local Change” efforts focused on school districts and education cooperatives. Prior to joining CSforAll, he spent the last 10 years in both domestic and international education focused on science education and instructional leadership and pedagogy. He recently graduated with his Master’s in Public Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He received his BS from Longwood University and M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Director of Community Partnerships
Camie Belgrave is CSforALL’s Director of Community Partnerships and focuses on growing the CSforALL movement and increasing member engagement, communication, and services. Prior to joining CSforALL, Camie spent more than a decade at Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served in several roles including grants management, program development, special projects, and more. Most recently, she was responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s award programs including the Highest Awards, for which she developed and implemented new systems, online platforms, and standardized processes for multiple programs and initiatives serving 112 Girl Scout Councils across the country and USA Girl Scouts Overseas, which operates in 97 countries. She worked to elevate the profile of older Girl Scouts by cultivating partnerships with external organizations and through raising more than $1 million in funding to support scholarships and national events. Camie studied finance and management at Long Island University and business administration and computer information systems at St. George’s College.
Lauren is the Project Manager for CSforALL’s SCRIPT, aimed at supporting school districts in their efforts to create or build upon their existing computer science education implementation plans. In addition to providing guidance to educators, researchers, and local school district partners in the use of SCRIPT materials, she is embedded in the design of the tools and collects and analyzes data from workshops to make improvements to and measure the impacts of the SCRIPT. Lauren received her Massachusetts Initial Teacher Certification in Middle and Secondary Visual Arts Education and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
Andrew Coy is a utility problem-solver with a wide-range of experience at the intersection of nonprofit, government, and technology. Until 2017, he served as a Senior Advisor on the Tech & Innovation Team in President Obama’s White House OSTP. In this capacity, he led initiatives including National Week of Making, Nation of Makers, the Kid Science Advisors Campaign, co-chaired an interagency working group of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)’s Committee on Technology, and was on the organizing team for numerous efforts including the WH Science Fair, WH Water Summit, WH Frontiers Conference, and WH South by South Lawn.
In addition to his roles at CSforALL and with Nation of Makers, Andrew is the Executive Director of the Digital Harbor Foundation, where he led efforts to save the closed-down South Baltimore Rec Center by reopening it as the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center, a youth-centered makerspace located in Baltimore, Maryland that provides after-school program, summer camps, field trips, family make nights, educator training workshops, and numerous other computer science and maker opportunities.
Rafi Santo, PhD, is a learning scientist based at New York University and a research fellow at CSforAll. Working at the intersection of digital culture, education and institutional change, he has both studied and facilitated a range of organizational networks focused on digital learning, computing and technology education. Within informal education, he led research on the design of innovation networks a research-practice partnership with Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network, a collective of 70 informal education organizations. In work centering on K-12 schooling, he is working with CSforAll to study and support school districts to develop and implement computing education initiatives rooted in student and community needs. His work on Hacker Literacies has appeared in journals including International Journal of Learning and Media and Digital Culture & Education, and he is co-author of a four volume collection on digital and computational making from MIT Press called Interconnections: Understanding Systems through Digital Design. His work has been supported by the Spencer Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, and the Susan Crown Exchange.
Todd joined CSforALL to help with facilitating communication and to create a series of case studies highlighting the RPPforCS project. Todd is also a doctoral student at the Creative Technology Research Lab at the University of Illinois. His research interests are centered around increasing equity in and access to high-quality computer science education for all k-8 grade students. Previously, Todd worked as a K-5 educator for seventeen years and served as the Computer Science Teachers Association, Lead Standards Writer (K-5).
Stephanie has worked for more than a decade to reinforce the sharing of knowledge and strengthen connections between K-12 STEM education and higher ed STEM research. Prior to joining CSforALL, she developed and led enrichment and mentoring programs serving under-represented youth through in-person and virtual programming at the New York Academy of Sciences. She has taught in Germany, Malaysia, China, and across the United States, and her career in science education began as an Earth Science teacher in a South Bronx public school. She was also a curriculum writer and educator at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research interests include the development of science identity in groups historically under-represented in STEM through informal learning experiences. She is preparing to defend her PhD dissertation in Science Education Research at Stony Brook University’s Institute for STEM Education, and has served as an Adjunct Professor for the Space Systems course in the AMNH Master of Arts in Teaching Residency graduate program. She also serves on the Associate Board of the Red Hook Initiative and on the board of the 1000 Steps Fellows.
Web Design Intern
Leeba joined the CSforALL team to advise on web needs, execute digital projects in coordination with external partners, and interface with CSforALL staff to maintain the digital footprint for all CSforALL programs. 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. Leeba founded the John Jay Women in Technology club and is its current President. 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.
Data Management Intern
Julia is a data management intern at CSforAll. As a member of CSforALL’s CS Visions research team, she is collecting data from school districts and creating data visualization for analysis and formative feedback for the school teams. She is a junior at The City College of New York where she is pursuing a Computer Science degree. Julia is also the president and founder of the Front-Enders of CCNY, an undergraduate club dedicated to introducing computer science to freshmen students through front-end development, in hopes that this could help spark their interest in the field.