About Us

Mission Bit Team
Challenge
Despite being the heart of the tech industry, the Bay Area is home to thousands of high school students who lack access to computer science courses. The majority of these students are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in tech (Black, Latinx, female).
Mission
Mission Bit is dedicated to inspiring and empowering students to unlock their full potential. We build professional pathways for under resourced high school youth across the SF Bay Area by making computer science more accessible through our free project-based courses.
Belief
Mission Bit empowers young innovators who reflect our diversity to become leaders of the global technology revolution, developing solutions that serve our whole community.

Core Values

Social Justice

Providing equal opportunities for the underrepresented & under-resourced

Community

Cultivating a supportive environment of like-minded peers

Love

Practicing empathy, honesty, and openness

Accountability

Embracing the responsibility to inspire future generations

Smart Risks

Encouraging the pursuit of passions

Our Team

Christina Ortega

Christina Ortega

Chief Executive Officer

Cora Monokandilos

Cora Monokandilos

Director of Curriculum

Cynthia Chin

Cynthia Chin

Director of Programs

Belinda Coronado

Belinda Coronado

Program Coordinator

Zoe Kurtz

Zoe Kurtz

Program Coordinator

David Topete

David Topete

Videographer

Cody Rowland

Cody Rowland

Curriculum Assistant

Erin Mendez

Erin Mendez

Social Media/Marketing Intern

Emmely Villalta

Emmely Villalta

Social Media/Marketing Intern

Teachers

Ai Nakamura

Ai Nakamura

Lead Instructor

Cameron Deputy

Cameron Deputy

Lead Instructor

Cody Rowland

Cody Rowland

Lead Instructor

Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson

Lead Instructor

Hunter Rocha

Hunter Rocha

Lead Instructor

Irvin Guerra

Irvin Guerra

Workforce Development Instructor

Joseph Lerner

Joseph Lerner

Lead Instructor

Ornelle Fonkoua

Ornelle Fonkoua

Lead Instructor

Wilson Ng

Wilson Ng

Lead Instructor

Student Advisory Board

Alyssa Wu

Alyssa Wu

Lowell High School
Class of 2022

Angelo Ubas

Angelo Ubas

Gateway High School
Class of 2023

Carmen Li

Carmen Li

Galileo High School
Class of 2022

Favour Odenyi

Favour Odenyi

Mission High School
Class of 2023

Johnny Lin

Johnny Lin

Washington High School
Class of 2022

Karina Anders

Karina Anders

Lowell High School
Class of 2023

Lilian Emelife

Lilian Emelife

Burton High School
Class of 2022

Natalie Yingyan Huang

Natalie Yingyan Huang

Washington High School
Class of 2021

Oswen Martinez

Oswen Martinez

San Francisco University High
Class of 2022

Tara Tiong

Tara Tiong

Lowell High School
Class of 2023

Trent Taylor III

Trent Taylor III

Skyline High School
Class of 2022

Board

Christina Ortega

Christina Ortega

Board President
Mission Bit

Sam Purtill

Sam Purtill

Board Chair
Co-Founder & CTO at Jyve

Jeff Schnitz

Jeff Schnitz

Board Treasurer
Founder of Hypothetico, Inc.

Farid Vij

Farid Vij

Board Secretary
Head of Corporate Development at Ciitizen

Clive Downie

Clive Downie

CMO, Unity Technologies

Dan Garon

Dan Garon

GM of Emerging Platforms at Zynga

Bob Ippolito

Bob Ippolito

Entrepreneur, Maker of Things

Jill McNay

Jill McNay

Marketing Professional

Abel Regalado

Abel Regalado

Mission Bit Alum & Software Engineer, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Allison Scott, PhD

Allison Scott, PhD

CEO at Kapor Foundation

Michael Walker

Michael Walker

Principal Consultant, BrandGeneering, Inc

Job Openings

Our supporters

San Francisco Black Firefighters AssociationCity College of San FranciscoFacebookGateway High SchoolHack ReactorJyveKapor CenterLeadership High SchoolOakland Unified School DistrictSilicon Valley BankSan Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce DevelopmentSan Francisco Unified School DistrictUberUnitySan Francisco FoundationGolden State Warriors FoundationKandjiRelated Affordable FoundationThe Gratitude Network
San Francisco Black Firefighters AssociationCity College of San FranciscoFacebookGateway High SchoolHack ReactorJyveKapor CenterLeadership High SchoolOakland Unified School DistrictSilicon Valley BankSan Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce DevelopmentSan Francisco Unified School DistrictUberUnitySan Francisco FoundationGolden State Warriors FoundationKandjiRelated Affordable FoundationThe Gratitude Network

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