David Molina is Founder of Operation Code and self-taught himself Ruby on Rails writing the first line of code for operationcode.org to petition Congress to expand the New GI Bill to include coding schools, a benefit he couldn’t use after exiting Dover AFB after 12 years in uniform. An entrepreneur, David has built numerous startups, has testified before members of Congress to expand technical education for veterans and spouses, and as a former captain in the Army was recipient of the Lt. Rowan Award, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
A former U.S. Army infantry officer and Afghanistan veteran, Conrad Hollomon is a program director at Techstars, one of the most founder-friendly startup accelerators and early stage investors in the world. Conrad is completing his MBA at Boston University with a focus on social impact. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about organizational behavior and trying out new delicious restaurants.
Mark Kerr is an attorney for USAID and previously served as a JAG Officer in the U.S. Army both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mark is Chairman Emeritus and was the founding Board Chair of Operation Code.
Josh Carter is a US Navy Vet, a serial entrepreneur, a speaker, a podcast host, and a mentor for early stage startups. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area he spent time traveling the globe before settling into a career in telecom. For over 15 years he worked for companies like Pacific Bell, Google, and Twilio on a variety of large scale projects.
Having started a number of companies he has lead teams working on projects for companies like Disney, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Taco Bell, and many more. He led BrightWork, a developer infrastructure company, into top tier accelerator program Techstars and helped secure some venture funding. Josh also led a Techstars affiliated non-profit called Patriot Boot Camp where he was instrumental in creating new programs and partnerships.
Today Josh hosts a veteran focused podcast and continues to work with early stage startups through WeWork's Labs program in Portland, OR. He also hosts a monthly meetup for founders in the area called Coffee w/ Co-Founders. When he's not found at local meetups and events, you can find Josh with his family hiking or kayaking.
Dr. James Davis is a professor at Louisiana State University, and director of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. He is also co-founder and chief technology officer of Health Engagements, a startup software development firm specializing in healthcare applications. Dr. Davis is a former captain in the U.S. Army, lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.
Nell is a principal software development engineer at Chef (Seattle, WA). Her role involves governing the company’s open source projects. She sits on the advisory board for the University of Washington Certificates in Ruby Programming and DevOps. She also comes from a military family; both of her parents were Air Force Officers. Growing up in that environment gave her unique insights into the challenges veterans face when transitioning back into civilian life. Nell currently volunteers as CTO for Operation Code, and is responsible for the engineering and open source initiatives of the organization.
David brings to the table more than 30 years of nonprofit and business leadership experience in both international and national organizations, most recently as CDO at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Reis has provided strategic planning services, piloted a stage-gate innovation program for a national voluntary health organization, carried out fundraising campaign audits, and built fundraising capacity in a half dozen different nonprofits. He has raised more than $70 million in individual, corporate, and foundation funding. David has a masters degree in nonprofit management and postgraduate certificate in organization development from the New School, and is an Ethical Culture Leader. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Veteran Service Organizations.
Operation Code deeply appreciates the time, energy, and hard work of our Founding Board Members, including Mark Kerr (Chair), Laura Gomez (Vice Chair), Dr. Tyrone Grandison (Vice Chair), Dr. Stacy Chin (Director of Fundraising Committee), Liza Rodewald (Director of Military Families Committee), Pete Runyon (Secretary/ Treasurer), Josh Carter, Nick Frost, and Aimee Knight on their support, dedication and commitment in the early days.
Thank you for setting us up for success!