Code Nation Names Rebecca Novak as New CEO

Former CEO Maurya Couvares Transitions to a Supporting Leadership
Role; Remains on Code Nation’s Board of Directors

(formerly ScriptEd), the non-profit that equips students in
under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences and
connections that together create access to careers in technology, today
announced that Bay Area Executive Director Rebecca Novak has become its
new CEO. Co-founder and outgoing CEO Maurya Couvares, who led Code
Nation’s growth and national expansion for the past seven years, will
remain on the Board of Directors and assume a supporting role to aid in
the leadership transition through the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

As Code Nation’s first-ever employee and later Program Director, and a
former classroom teacher, Novak has worked closely with Couvares and has
been instrumental in establishing and expanding Code Nation’s footprint
in both NYC and the Bay Area. Novak brings to the CEO role deep
institutional knowledge and a commitment to developing high-quality
programs that will serve the organization in meeting its ambitious
growth aspirations.

“Building this organization has been the most rewarding experience of my
life, and I am extremely fortunate to have worked with great people to
help bring our mission to life and expand our organization,” said Maurya
Couvares, co-founder, Board Member and outgoing CEO of Code Nation. “We
are overjoyed to have Becca lead our organization and community as our
program expands. With her leadership and proven expertise, there is no
doubt she will take Code Nation to the next level.”

Novak’s CEO appointment comes on the heels of a December 2018
announcement naming non-profit leader Richard
as Code Nation’s new NYC Executive Director. Together, Novak
and Rivera will join forces to hone student programs, boost fundraising
efforts and ensure more students in NYC, the Bay Area and soon Chicago
have access to coding education, technology career pathway and support
once they get there.

“As Code Nation employee number one, I have seen first-hand the power of
this program and the impact it has made in bringing much-needed computer
science education to students on both coasts,” said Rebecca Novak, CEO
of Code Nation. “As we look forward, I am eager to continue building on
the success of the program and be able to support our students,
volunteers, partner organizations and board members as we continue to
grow as a community.”


Code Nation mobilizes the tech community to help more young people gain
the skills, experiences and connections that together create access to
careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching corps of 300
professional web and software developers and a network of school and
company partners, we provide coding courses and work-based learning
programs to students who attend under-resourced high schools.

In 2018-2019, Code Nation programs reach about 1,500 students in 46
schools in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. 74% of Code
Nation’s reported alumni who completed two or more years of Code Nation
programs are currently majoring or employed in a STEM field. 63% are
studying or working in Computer Science. Learn more at


Geena Pandolfi
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