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Our Mission

Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment.

[ Our Vision ]

Our vision is to create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code and build beautiful web and mobile applications. By teaching women around the world from diverse backgrounds to learn software development, we can help women improve their careers and confidence in their everyday lives.

[ Our Values ]

We are committed to making sure women of all races, education levels, income and upbringing can build confidence in their skill set to develop web and mobile applications. Our goal is to provide powerful hands-on programs to women seeking professional help in software development and create basic to advanced web and mobile applications.

Our Story

“Girl, Develop It!” began as a call to action for women, by women who were tired of the low representation of women in tech, and wanted to make a difference.

GDI was founded 2010 in NYC

GDI was founded 2010 in NYC

It started with just 1 class

It started with just 1 class

...which sold out in 24 hours

...which sold out in 24 hours

The organization was founded in New York City in 2010 by Vanessa Hurst and Sara Chipps. Today, Girl Develop It chapters are building strong, empowered communities in 60 cities, representing 55,000+ members nationwide who are changing their lives through learning to code with us.


Our Team

Girl Develop It Chapter Leaders at 2016 Annual Leadership Summit

Girl Develop It Chapter Leaders at the 2016 Annual Leadership Summit

Corinne Warnshuis

Corinne Warnshuis, Executive Director

Corinne is a passionate advocate for community-centered movements and their power to change the world. Prior to becoming the first Executive Director of Girl Develop It, she co-led the organization’s Philadelphia chapter to become one of the organization's largest and most active.

She has previously held positions with the news network, producing large-scale technology conferences like Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week, and at WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR and PBS affiliate, in community relations.

Corinne has spoken at the White House, Dreamforce, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, Code Conf, OSCON and more.

A native Californian, Corinne moved to Philadelphia after graduating from University of California — Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and Film & Digital Media.

Bindu Jallabah

Bindu Jallabah, Director of Operations

Bindu is fervently passionate about developing ecosystems that empower disadvantaged communities in making informed, self-determined decisions. She has dedicated most of her career to advocating and developing pragmatic solutions that promote social equity.

Bindu is a seasoned administrator with nearly two decades of progressive experience in nonprofit leadership and operations management. Prior to joining GDI, Bindu won awards for her work developing and executing the operational strategy for the Elwyn Baring Street Center.

Bindu is also founder and Board Chair of Karanso Africa, a civil society organization that has innovated literacy to promote self-efficacy and self-determination for women across Sub-Saharan Africa. Leveraging a strong background in Information Technology, Bindu is also the architect of Karanso’s Docteur Mobile initiative which is a tool for self-care and advocacy to improve access to maternal and reproductive health services for vulnerable women in remote villages in West Africa.

LeeAnn Kinney

LeeAnn Kinney, Director of Programs

LeeAnn took her first class with GDI in January of 2013 and started TAing and teaching classes soon after. After joining the GDI Philly Leadership team as the events team organizer spearheading the Code and Coffees, Rise and Shines and social happy hour events, she was officially leveled up to Chapter Leader in September 2015 and had served in that role until September 2017.

Outside of Girl Develop It, LeeAnn cofounded Ela Conf in 2014, a conference with a mission to create a safe, supportive, inspiring and comfortable community for adult women to gain the confidence to become leaders, speakers, and teachers in the technology industry.

LeeAnn is super excited to join the HQ team to help build out GDI’s growing programs including our most recent program teaching incarcerated women to code. She is endlessly thankful to have the opportunity to work with and support the GDI community that has supported her through her journey

Rachel Messeck

Rachel Messeck, Chapter Program Manager

Rachel is thrilled to join as the Chapter Program Manager for Girl Develop It, and to be on a team that sits at the perfect intersection of her experience in nonprofit, tech, and client services. She has previously written grants and proposals, managed donor and client relations, and most recently, Rachel led partnerships and new business at a web design studio in Philadelphia.

As she joins the GDI team, she is excited to use her expertise to create the ideal conditions and support system for a thriving chapter program, and looks forward to getting to know and serve the GDI Chapter Leaders, while growing and expanding the program across the US.

After hours, you can find her gardening, dreaming about her future lake house, and digging through thrift store racks.


Our Board

Vanessa Hurst

Vanessa Hurst, Co-founder

Vanessa Vanessa Hurst is the Director of Engineering Practice at Etsy. Vanessa is also the founder of CodeMontage where coders engage in open source projects to improve their skills and the world, as well as Developers for Good and she co-founded WriteSpeakCode.

Vanessa advocates for every student to have the opportunity to learn to code through Her book on Continuous Learning in software teams will be published this year.

Her work in technology education and social change has appeared on the TODAY show, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, Fast Company, and other media.

Vanessa holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.

Erica Joy Baker

Erica Joy Baker, Senior Engineer, Slack Technologies

Erica Joy Baker is a Senior Engineer at Slack and advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, and expanding access to tech education.

Erica’s career in tech began fifteen years ago doing domain administration for the University of Alaska Statewide System, before becoming a Googler in 2006. Erica’s role grew and shifted within Google, growing from Support Technician to Site Reliability Engineer.

She joined Slack in 2015, where she focuses on Build and Release Engineering.

Erica is a member of the Advisory Boards for Barbie, Atipica, and Hack the Hood. Erica is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Level Playing Field Institute Lux Award winner, a nominee for the 2016 Crunchies Include Diversity Award, and was included in WIRED Magazine’s 2016 Next List.

Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.

Brenda Jin

Brenda Jin, Staff Engineer, Slack Technologies

Brenda Jin is a Staff Engineer at Slack, where she writes software that makes work better and more productive for millions of people every day. She launched the Slack App Directory in 2015, and later built and designed the first ever RESTful DLP/eDiscovery APIs, enabling HIPAA and FINRA for Slack's Enterprise Grid.

Before Slack, she launched the first responsive shopping experience at – a website that on average does $73 million in transactions per day.

In 2013, Brenda learned to code with the help of GDI San Francisco. Since then, she has become a teacher and Chapter Leader. For the past two years, GDISF has taught over 40 workshops per year and reached over 7500 adults in San Francisco.

Janelle Jolley, Product Operations Manager, Google

Janelle Jolley has a background in journalism and public policy, but eventually found her way to tech after moving to Atlanta and not knowing where to shop. It was there that she founded a marketplace startup, Sidewalk District, as a result of her passion for local independent retailers and their ability to spur economic development in communities across America.

After her tour of duty as a founder, Janelle moved to California and began working at Google. Her background as a founder made her the perfect fit for being a Product Operations Manager leading international and vertical expansion with Google Local Services, a new startup within Google focused on local SMBs.


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