Our Program



Ada Developers Academy is designed to increase the number of underrepresented skilled software developers while redefining and reinventing the way we prepare individuals to be successful in information technology careers. With an intensive, inclusive, and positive learning community, we aim to directly address both the information technology labor shortage in Washington and the lack of diverse experience, thought, and background in the software industry.


Ada Developers Academy’s mission is to diversify Tech by providing women and gender diverse people the skills, experience, and community support to become professional software developers who contribute to changing the world with software.

Our Program

Our highly immersive, tuition-free program combines classroom training and a paid, learning internship to teach our students both how to write code (practical tools and computer science fundamentals) and how to be a software developer (leadership, inclusivity, and career). Our core values are building and contributing to a supportive community; creating and advocating for inclusivity; and teaching and practicing lifelong learning, all within Tech.


Students, staff, volunteers, TA's, and reps from our sponsor companies come to Ada Developers Academy with an incredible diversity of identity and experience. We strive to make Ada an inclusive, safe, and equitable space for every member of our community. We recognize and celebrate difference along many axes including, but not limited to, sexual orientation, gender identity and presentation, age, race, ethnicity, class, religion, physical appearance, ability, national origin, educational background, and parental status. All women and gender diverse* people are encouraged to apply.

*Language will vary greatly depending on the context, region, subculture, and age of the people involved - and it's constantly changing.

Here at Ada, we've chosen to use the term gender diverse to represent as large a range of gender identities as possible. We acknowledge that this vocabulary is inherently imperfect, and is continually evolving. Our community includes people who also identify as trans, non-binary, gender queer, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming.

Drawing of Ada Lovelace.

At Ada, we teach you more than How to Code. We teach you How to be a Developer

Ada Developers Academy teaches full-stack web development. Students learn Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and HTML/CSS.

Students learn how to work on agile development teams, using pair programming, scrum, and test-driven development.

Ada Developers Academy is a community of people dedicated to our students success in our program and in the industry.

Meet the Team

  • Nicole Buchanan Nicole Buchanan Executive Director
  • Alexandra Holien Alexandra Holien Director of Business Development
  • Jeanie Walker Jeanie Walker Director of Marketing Communications
  • Lisa Flores Lisa Flores Senior Program Manager
  • Sarah Ervin Valerie Horvath Program Manager, Internships & Alumni
  • Sarah Ervin Sarah Ervin Student Counselor & Diversity Trainer
  • Susan Lieu Susan Lieu Marketing + Operations Interim Support
  • Dan Roberts Dan Roberts Lead Instructor
  • Chris McAnally Chris McAnally Instructor
  • Dee Del Rosario Dee Del Rosario Instructor
  • Devin Helmgren Devin Helmgren Instructor
  • Shruti Van Wicklen Shruti Van Wicklen CS Fundamentals Instructor
  • Brooks Kindle Brooks Kindle Jumpstart Instructor
  • Charles Ellis Charles Ellis Instructional Assistant

Fiscal Sponsor

Ada Developers Academy is fiscally sponsored by Third Sector New England, an organization dedicated to providing management and leadership resources that help strengthen nonprofits for a deeper impact on the communities they serve. Ada was originally incubated as a project of the Technology Alliance.