Founded by Emon Datta, Yale Code4Good is an official student-run organization that connects students from the Computer Science and the Statistics and Data Science departments at Yale University with local nonprofits that can benefit from their technological skills. In addition, we host events such as talks and summits that show the Yale community how to use technology can be used for social good. All members of the Yale community are welcome!
We usually recruit new members for our board and tech teams in the Spring semester. To ensure that new members will be committed, we follow an online application by an interview to get to know each person better.
New opportunities sometimes come up in both the Spring and Fall semester, so make sure to subscribe to our panlist to find new ways of getting involved!
The board oversees all the recruitment process, events' organization, communication and reaching out with partner nonprofits, and all internal communications. The board consists of people who want to change the technological culture at Yale from one of technology for the sake of technology, to one where students reflect about and apply their skills to solve our most pressing social issues. Most members of the board have STEM backgrounds, but we always welcome non-STEM students who have great ideas to push forth our mission!
The tech teams are groups of students who work on projects for our partner nonprofits or organizations. They are independent, self-driven students who are willing to put on the necessary time and effort to learn the necessities of the nonprofit, and apply and learn the respective technologies to address them. Each tech team has a tech lead who is in charge of overseeing the project, communicate any updates to the nonprofit/organization, and report back to the board anything that is needed.
Jessica is a senior from Los Angeles majoring in computer science. She is interested in cybersecurity, networks, and applying her knowledge in programming to improve society. In addition to be being part of Code4Good, she teaches elementary-school students how to code through CodeHaven. When she is finally done with her p-sets, Jessica likes reading, catching up with her favorite shows, and playing pranks on her suitemates.
Maria is a senior from New York and Code4Good’s current Director of Partnerships. She is double majoring in Statistics & Data Science and Spanish with a keen interest on how statistical methods can be used to address global issues. Outside of the classroom, she is involved with the Yale Climbing Team, does research in the Political Science Department, and serves as a ULA and S&DS DSAC. In her free time, Maria enjoys running, exploring, and drinking tea.
Chief Technology Officer
Emmett is a third-year computer science major in Davenport College. Hailing from Long Island, NY, he is passionate about using technology to facilitate activism, enfranchise marginalized groups, and effect positive change on a societal scale. In addition to Code4Good, he is an undergraduate fellow with the Yale Law School Information Society Project, runs Yale Puzzle League, and sits on the board of Yale Queer + Asian.
Co-Director of Projects
Lukas Burger is a sophomore Computer Science and Cognitive Science major from New York City. His studies focus on the artificial intelligence and how the mind can be interpreted as a machine. Outside of school Lukas volunteers with the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project and plays on the club rugby team.
Co-Director of Projects
Katherine is a first-year in Pauli Murray College hailing from Saratoga, CA. She loves giving back to communities and has enjoyed coding for Khushi Baby. Outside of Code4Good, she directs YHack, Yale's annual computer science hackathon, and works as a ULA. Katherine's interests also include creative writing, prison reform, and figure skating. You can find her reading and attempting to psychoanalyze people in any building with lots of sunlight.
Director of Communications and Outreach
Vanessa Yan is a first-year in Pauli Murray College from Bradenton, Florida. She is a prospective Computer Science major. Besides working on the board of Code4Good, she coordinates a refugee catering initiative and is the Head of Finance for Yale Refugee Project's Snactivism enterprise. She is also involved in Yale Club Golf and Hong Kong Students' Association.
Director of Events
Vivek Gopalan is the Director of Events for Yale Code4Good. Vivek is a first-year in Grace Hopper College from Seattle, WA, and he intends to major in Computer Science and another practical discipline. Vivek is extremely interested in the applications of computer science to our transportation infrastructure, specifically in the scope of autonomous vehicles, signal retiming, and improving carbon emissions. He loves civics and fighting political apathy!
Director of Partnerships
Computer Science is filled with tools; Humanities with questions? Well, finishing these two majors, Pauli now seeks applications. How to do good with technology? As the Director of Partnerships, Pauli listens to project plans and brainstorms how Yale students might contribute. He also maps out existing resources. If you have a tool or task to share, Pauli looks forward to a chat!
Director of Finance
Hi everybody! My name is Tyler and I'm a first-year at Yale pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics. I love building and designing mobile applications, but am most interested in applying technology for social benefit. Specifically, I am interested in innovating new ways to improve Internet connectivity within the Yale community. On campus, I sing a cappella with the Alley Cats, brainstorm new ideas in Launch, and volunteer as an educator through MATHCOUNTS Outreach. When I'm not coding, I love to play pick-up basketball, and take late-night study breaks at Halal Guys.
Stephany Palaguachi is excited to serve as Hack-a-thon Specialist for Code4Good. She is a sophomore in Berkeley College and hails from Hartford, CT. Outside of classes, Stephany is legislative captain of Institutionalize Aid for Undocumented Students committee, is a tax preparer for VITA, and member of LWAY. In her free time, you can find her attending cena’s at La Casa or reading up on the latest White House scandal.
Khushi Baby Team Lead
Henry Townley is a computer science major in the class of 2019 who can’t get enough of his humanities classes. He’s particularly interested in artificial intelligence both technically and in terms of its impact on policy and culture. He’s also become a huge political junkie in recent years. Outside of classes, Henry is very active in the Yale theater community as an actor, singer, administrator and engineer.
Katherine is a first-year in Pauli Murray College hailing from Saratoga, CA. She loves giving back to the community and has enjoyed coding for Khushi Baby. Outside of Code4Good, she directs YHack, Yale's annual computer science hackathon, and works as a ULA. Katherine's interests also include creative writing, prison reform, and figure skating. You can usually find her reading and attempting to psychoanalyze people.
Kenia Hale is a first-year in Silliman College from Solon, Ohio. She is a Computer Science and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration double major, and is particularly interested in intersections between social justice and technology for creating change.
Neha Verma is a first-year in Davenport College from Forsyth, Illinois. She is a prospective Math and Computer Science major. Besides working on Code4Good's Khushi Baby tech team, she works at the Peabody Museum, dances with Yale Jashan Bhangra, and loves to bake treats for her friends.
William Hu is a first-year studying computer science. He is fascinated by the intersection of technology and civic life, and he hopes to use his technical knowledge to help local and global nonprofits.
Eugene is a History and Computer Science major at Yale. On the side, he's a web developer who works in the digital humanities and government technology. He believes in the tremendous potential of technology to enhance strategic decision-making and works to make that happen.
Annie is a computer science first year at Yale. Annie really likes horror movies despite being a wimp and totally incapable of watching them. She loves to cook, dance, and sing, and spends her free time browsing corgi pictures on reddit.
Isabella is a sophomore in Berkeley majoring in Computer Science. Outside of Code4Good, she is a ULA for CPSC 223 (Data Structure and Programming Techniques), a member of Groove Dance Company, and raises funds for Yale Women's Leadership Initiative. In her free time, she likes to take pictures and play with Photoshop, eat sushi, and think about how much nicer the weather is in back home in San Jose, CA.
Nadia is a sophomore in Benjamin Franklin College from Indonesia/Singapore studying Computer Science and Global Affairs (after a quarter-life crisis and giving up Neuroscience). She hopes to eventually use technology for environmental issues or socioeconomic inequality, buttttt is still figuring out how to get there. She really values being able to work on a real-life application and learn from teammates through C4G. On campus, she's also involved in Dwight Hall, Neuroscience research, and public health/CS research. When she can, she loves to eat, explore new places and kayak.
Yi Chern hails from the sunny island of Singapore. As a double major in Computer Science and Ethics, Politics and Economics, he is interested in the intersection between technology and public policy. He hopes to contribute to local communities by integrating technology into communal and government work.
Hey everyone! My name is Gabriel, and I'm from São Paulo, Brazil. I am a sophomore in Morse College, majoring in Computer Science & Psychology. Last semester, I joined Code for Good as I am very interested in learning how to leverage tech to tackle real-world problems.
My name is Masayuki Nagase, and I am a First Year at Davenport College from Redmond, Washington. As a prospective Computer Science major, I hope to use what I learn towards climate research and bettering the health of our planet. Besides Code4Good, I am a part of the Yale Ultimate Frisbee Team and the Yale Hackathon organizing team.