Our Team

We are a fully volunteer force that believes in grassroots change. We are technologists, designers, researchers, and educators working together to build and deploy our learning platform.

Kunal Jha

CEO, Founder

Kunal is a United States Military Academy graduate working as an Active Duty Army Officer in Maryland. He is committed to helping individuals find pathways to success. On his days off, Kunal loves to cook and visit local historical sites.

Tay Nishimura

CTO, Founder

Tay is an Infrastructure Engineer at Datadog where she works on reliability problems in cloud-based distributed systems. A believer in grassroots change, Tay also serves as an Auxiliary Police Officer in the New York Police Department and mentors veterans and spouses through the American Corporate Partner program.

Tanya Kumar

Curriculum Developer

Tanya is an aspiring environmental scientist who completed her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland and is preparing for graduate school. She currently teaches in Maryland and spends her spare time writing, drawing, and playing with her pet rats

Melissa Richardson

Content Designer

Melissa is a lifelong writer whose goal is to shed light on human rights issues and promote sustainable solutions. In her free time, she enjoys writing fiction, reading, watching films, and spending time with her husband Scott and their rescue mutt, Nubbs.

Arthur Lacey

Software Engineer

Arthur served five years as an Army Cyber Officer in Augusta, GA. He is currently working as a software engineer in NYC while pursuing a Master’s in Computer Science. He believes education provides the keys to a better society. In his personal time Arthur tinkers with electronics and occasionally crochets blankets.

Blaze Bissar

Software Engineer

Blaze served five years as a U.S. Army Cyber Operations Officer and now works as a Site Reliability Engineer at Two Sigma Investments. He has a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, both in Computer Science. In his free time, he enjoys running and playing with his dog, Kali.

Scott Richardson

Software Engineer

Scott served six years in the United States Air Force, primarily doing software development. He now works at Meta as a software engineer while he finishes out his graduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Scott is passionate about open-source software projects that help to make a difference in people’s lives.

Kylie McNamara

Development Intern

Kylie is an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is majoring in computer science. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and running, and in the future she hopes to pursue a career in the technology field.


Alberto Rodriguez

Technology Mentor

Alberto Rodriguez is a Senior Security Engineer at PayPal. Previously a Cyber Operations Officer in the U.S. Army, Alberto is passionate about both leadership and assisting veterans transition into the private sector.

Matthew Selsky

Technology Advisor

Matt is a Site Reliability Engineer in the finance industry with over a decade of work experience in computer networking as well as system administration at Columbia University. He serves as a Captain in the New York Police Department Auxiliary Unit.

Hiro Nishimura

Technology Education Advisor

Hiro is a freelance Technical Writer and Content Strategist, specializing in small to medium-sized tech startups. She is the Founder of AWS Newbies and a Technical Instructor at LinkedIn Learning. She has formalized training in Special Education.

Brianne Caplan

Strategic Advisor

Brianne is the Founder & Executive Director of Code Your Dreams, Chicago-based nonprofit that empowers disadvantaged youth to solve their community’s problems through code. She has been a mentor and inspiration for Project Reclass since its founding.

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