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About The Job Hackers

Who We Are

The Job Hackers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in California in October 2017 with the aim of providing free training in Agile and Scrum to job seekers. Our mission is to provide individuals with the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the complex world of knowledge work. The Job Hackers is governed by a board and supported by a team of volunteers.

What We Do

We provide free training to increase diversity and inclusion at technology companies. To date, we have trained over 3000 people in Agile, Scrum and modern behavioral theories through our Agile MBA program. Over 41% of our participants gain employment mostly as Project Managers, Scrum Masters and Product Owners within 90 daysWe organize monthly Meet-ups bringing past and present students together to hear updates and trends from keynote market leaders and host regular resume review sessions. All classes and Meet-ups are held remotely by Zoom or in donated space.


Our Board

Edward Gordon

Edward found his first co-founder at a poker game while looking to help fund local farmers and went on to produce a new retail product line for an iconic San Francisco Bay Area food truck. But he felt a calling beyond food and finance and moved into the tech industry – driven to work in spaces with more reach and a greater positive impact on the world. He is dedicated to providing insight and support to those who may need encouragement to embrace their unique advantages and get a leg up in their career. 

Katie Karp

Katie brings more than 20 years of experience working with cross functional teams at all levels of an enterprise using Lean and Agile practices to introduce new programs and systems that positively affect organizational learning and transform business outcomes. Katie earned a Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Dave Rawlings

Before cofounding The Job Hackers, Dave served in a variety of leadership and sales positions at Pareteum, Nexmo, Talk Free, Sygate, Healthline, Blue Titan, Mindfabric, and PeerLogic.

Dave began his career at Barclays Investment Bank in NYC covering tech and telecom.  Dave has a BA in Business Administration from Miami University and an MBA from Tulane University.

Our Teachers

Larry Apke

Larry has been working in software development for over 20 years with the last 10+ years involved with Agile software development. His consulting experience includes time with Oracle, Apple, American Express, USAA and many other organizations.

His past includes stints as a Director of Software Development, licensed nursing home administrator, entrepreneur and high school teacher to name just a few. He received his BA from Kenyon College.

Mike Russell

Mike Russell is not a typical “agile coach.” He has extensive leadership experience “in the trenches,” including personally serving as a C-level executive leading over 1,000 people and with budget above $100 million. As a coach and management consultant, he has helped leaders from startup to Fortune™ 20 level improve individual and organizational results.

He has spoken internationally and written on many subjects, including transformation and business agility in his book Wrong Until Right – How to Succeed Despite Relentless Change. He also co-authored the industry guidance on the use of agile approaches in medical device software development and is a former Lean Startup Week mentor. 

Jim Schibler

Jim Schibler has excelled in product management and marketing for over 25 years. He led development and marketing of multiple generations of innovative laboratory software, and has mentored many professionals on product management, marketing, and strategy throughout his career. He has also coached hundreds of professionals on job search and career management, and published dozens of original articles that demonstrate his thought leadership.

Since 2020, Jim has been part of the core leadership team of The Job Hackers; he teaches parts of the Agile MBA course, leads the Friday Discussion Sessions, and organizes the Monthly Agile Meetup.

Our Volunteers

Awards & Recognition

Best Coding Bootcamp

The Agile MBA has been recognized as one of the top 10 coding bootcamps in San Francisco

Guidestar Gold Seal

Gold Seal of Transparency

The GuideStar Gold Seal is awarded to nonprofits that show a commitment to transparency, accountability, and inclusivity

Jefferson Awards Silver Medal

The Job Hackers received a Silver Medal for outstanding public service in 2021

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Support the Job Hackers

The Job Hackers is a nonprofit dedicated to helping people get jobs through free training and placement assistance.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, all donations are tax deductible.

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