Craig Newmark Joins Girls Who Code’s Board of Directors

Monday, May 8, 2017 (New York, NY) — Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced Craig Newmark will join the organization’s Board of Directors. Craig Newmark is the Founder of craigslist and The Craig Newmark Foundation. In 2012 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation.

A Web pioneer, speaker and philanthropist, Newmark serves on the Board of Directors of the Poynter Foundation, Center for Public Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports, Blue Star Families, VetsInTech, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review and as an advisor to nearly twenty other renowned non-profit organizations.

“Craig is a pioneer in the tech industry and we are excited to welcome him to Girls Who Code’s Board of Directors,’ said Reshma Saujani, CEO and Founder, Girls Who Code. ‘A true philanthropist at heart, his entrepreneurial background and experience in the tech world will be extremely valuable to our mission to close the gender gap in tech.”

“Code is power,” said Newmark.“And Girls Who Code is helping to build a new normal, where everyone has a fair chance at the opportunities offered by computer work.”

Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1952, Newmark received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University. In 1995 Craig founded craigslist, an online classified advertising site that has seen more than 5 billion ads posted. While Craig has not been part of craigslist management since 2000, he stays connected to the site’s users through his involvement with Customer Service.

Newmark will join Girls Who Code’s existing Board of Directors, which includes:

  • Alexis Maybank, Founder & CEO of Project September; Founder of Gilt Groupe
  • Marissa Shorenstein, SVP East Region, AT&T
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO at Girls Who Code
  • Evan Korth, Professor of Computer Science at NYU & Founder of HackNY
  • Jamie Miller, SVP, President, and CEO at GE Transportation
  • Trina DasGupta, CEO at Single Palm Tree Productions
  • Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo
  • Kara Sprague, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture