All Star Code Launches Ambassador Program to Drive National Awareness of Diversity Issues in the Technology Industry

Eight business leaders to support ASC’s mission by participating in engagements, providing counsel and amplifying the organization’s initiatives nationally

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–All Star Code (ASC), a leading nonprofit organization creating economic opportunity for young men of color by helping them develop the tools they need to succeed in a technological world, today launched its inaugural Ambassador program, comprised of renowned executives and start-up founders. The group of business leaders will use their unique experiences and expertise to bolster All Star Code’s mission to work to create economic opportunity for young men of color by teaching them the skills and mindset they need to become entrepreneurs.

“These business leaders will not only serve as role models to our students but also improve our national exposure, ultimately helping us reach a national alumni network of 10,000 future leaders by 2022.”

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All Star Code is partnering closely with the Ambassadors to bring widespread awareness to the underrepresentation of Black and Latino men in tech, which remains “starkly inadequate at the national level,” according to the Brookings Institution. Ambassadors will participate in various activities, including speaking at ASC’s programs and events, hosting discussions and fundraising engagements, and providing strategic counsel to the organization.

The Ambassadors announced today are: Ken Chenault, previously CEO and Chairman of American Express; Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up; Van Jones, host and political commentator on CNN; Jessica Lessin, Founder and CEO of The Information; Loida Lewis, Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC; Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of; Robert Smith, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners; and Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.

About All Star Code

All Star Code, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013, empowers young men with the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to create new futures through technology. Our goal is to close the tech entrepreneurship gap in the United States by developing a pipeline of diverse 21st century leaders. The Summer Intensive, our free six-week flagship program in New York, NY and Pittsburgh, PA, exposes our talented students to the technology industry via an innovative curriculum that mixes specific skills, networks, mindsets, and cultural understanding.