About

About Us

PunchCode is a coding bootcamp provided by Tech Impact. Tech Impact is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world.

Team Members

Leslie
Estrada
REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Originally from Oakland, CA, Leslie Estrada brings over 20 years of leadership experience to the Tech Impact team. Driven by IT education and pathways to careers, Leslie takes pride in providing a supportive environment where students can successfully accomplish their professional goals. Leslie earned a master’s degree in public policy and administration from California State University, Long Beach.

PROGRAM MANAGER

Originally from Richmond, Ca, Tasean Young brings over 12 years of leadership experience to the Tech Impact team. Tasean earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2006. Driven to serve in disadvantaged communities, Tasean has spent the last ten years teaching and coaching football at a local high school. During his time in the classroom, Tasean has advocated the need for more technology education in schools. Tasean believes that technology is the key to unlocking pathways to success for students in underserved communities. 

Tasean
Young
John
Matthews
LEAD INSTRUCTOR

John Matthews is an Agile Software Developer and IT Project Manager with 20+ years of experience teaching computer science courses, designing advanced curriculum for college credit, providing students with an exceptional learning experience within several industries. Instructing in Agile methodology as a framework for software development, students will experience beyond coding, and learn what it is to become a software developer. As both a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product owner he has led multiple projects as both an in-house developer and long-term contractor.

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

As a PunchCode graduate (Fall 2020), Derrique is excited to be rejoining PunchCode as an assistant instructor. His previous experience in design, coupled with his new skills in coding, have helped him to become a great asset to the team and the students. For fun he enjoys snowboarding, cooking, and boxing.

Derrique
Baluyut

About Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board members are an extension of our team. We rely on these industry leaders to keep us informed about hiring needs, to help shape our curriculum, and to prepare our graduates for the realities of working in tech. PunchCode Advisory Board members give our students the opportunity to be competitive for great jobs in the tech industry.