Ada Developers Academy is dedicated to increase the number of underrepresented skilled software developers while redefining and reinventing the way we prepare individuals to be successful in information technology careers. With an intensive, inclusive, and positive learning community, we aim to directly address both the information technology labor shortage in Washington and the lack of diverse experience, thought, and background in the software industry.
Ada Developers Academy’s mission is to diversify Tech by providing women and people of non-binary gender the skills, experience, and community support to become professional software developers who contribute to changing the world with software.
Our highly immersive, tuition-free program combines classroom training and a paid, learning internship to teach women both how to write code (practical tools and computer science fundamentals) and how to be a software developer (leadership, inclusivity, and career). Our core values are building and contributing to a supportive community; creating and advocating for inclusivity; and teaching and practicing lifelong learning, all within Tech.
Ada Developers Academy is designed to be an inclusive, positive learning environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, education, age, race, or religion. All women (cis and trans*) and people with non-binary gender who feel a part of women's community are encouraged to apply.
At Ada, we teach you more than How to Code. We teach you How to be a Developer
Students learn how to work on agile development teams, using pair programming, scrum, and test-driven development.
Ada Developers Academy is a community of people dedicated to our students success in our program and in the industry.
Meet the Team
- Cynthia Tee Executive Director
- Crystal Hess Program Director
- Alexandra Holien Sponsorship and Engagement Manager
- Uma Rao Interim Development Manager
- Kari Bancroft Lead Instructor
- Dan Roberts Instructor
- Chris McAnally Instructor
- Jamie Pilgirm Instructor
- Shruti Van Wicklen CS Fundamentals Instructor
- Susan Evans Jumpstart Instructor
- Brooks Kindle Jumpstart Instructor
- Charles Ellis Instructional Assistant
- Sarah Ervin Student Support Counselor
- Korica Simon Program Coordinator
Ada Developers Academy is fiscally sponsored by Third Sector New England, an organization dedicated to providing management and leadership resources that help strengthen nonprofits for a deeper impact on the communities they serve. Ada was originally incubated as a project of the Technology Alliance.