Code the Dream (CTD) is happy to announce that Daisy Magnus-Aryitey, co-founder and former board member, has returned to Code the Dream as the first Director of Partnerships.
A native of Ghana, Magnus-Aryitey moved to the US when she was four and came to North Carolina in 2009. She enrolled in an early version of Code the Dream and within a year was working as a full-time software developer at Duke University.
After completing the Code the Dream prototype program, Daisy worked with co-founders Dan Rearick and Ramiro Rodriguez to build Code the Dream into its current incarnation, serving as Director of Programs and Board Vice-Chair. In her new role as Director of Partnerships, Magnus-Aryitey will be responsible for creating and cultivating business partnerships that will expand CTD’s volunteer and mentorship network, website and app projects for Code the Dream’s in-house software development shop, CTD Labs, and employment opportunities for CTD apprentices.
“CTD’s mission and values resonate with me on a personal level, particularly their continued commitment to racial and economic justice,” said Magnus-Aryitey. “In my new role, I’ll be focused on creating partnerships with tech companies in the Triangle and across the country.”
Magnus-Aryitey’s life experience — and her experience with every facet of CTD — make her uniquely qualified for her new position.
“Daisy has always been at the heart of Code the Dream,” said Executive Director Rearick. “While it’s been great having her on the board, we are thrilled to have her back in our day-to-day leadership — building a more diverse, inclusive economy and technology for a better world.”
Fostering partnerships is particularly important as Code the Dream continues a period of rapid growth — CTD has more than tripled its scope over the last two years, from its start as a grassroots organization serving people in North Carolina to serving students and communities in 12 states, from a permanent staff of 4 to a staff of 17, with 34 full time software apprentices. The 39 apps and websites built by CTD Labs now serve more than two million people.
“Code the Dream is uniquely positioned to support efforts around developing diversity in tech as well as building software that serves the greater good,” said Magnus-Aryitey. “I’m thrilled to be back in this community!”
Code the Dream is a Durham-based national nonprofit opening career opportunities in tech for people from underrepresented backgrounds, including immigrants & refugees, women, and people of color and from low-income communities. CTD Labs builds socially impactful apps and web technologies.
Magnus-Aryitey shared some of her thoughts on Code the Dream, diversity in tech, and public interest technology in a recent interview in the PIT UNiverse newsletter.