We're the people who make LEARN happen


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Matt Clark


Since first discovering programming back before the pentium, Matt has romanced the Borland compiler, transitioned to web development from the very early days of the Mosaic browser, and turned to Ruby after discovering how much more fun it is to write beautiful code. Matt has managed teams for companies big and small, and moved freely between freelance, startups and corporate.

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Rob Kaufman


Swears he started learning development skills at age 2 and has never wanted to do anything else. Rob's been working in Ruby since 2003, Rails since 2005 and still trying to learn a new programing language every year. Rob founded Notch8, a Rails consultancy in 2007, and has loved both working with clients and teaching new developers at every step of the way.

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Chelsea Kaufman

CEO and Co-Founder

With a background in education and business administration, Chelsea runs the show. Her business savvy and educational genius inspire and better those around her. She has managed a theater company, taught corporate team building and taken part in almost every part of the theatrical process. Chelsea is really the boss, but don’t tell her we said that.



Adam Thayer


Adam spent 6 years in the United States Coast Guard, specializing in Aviation Avionics until he found his new passion at LEARN academy. His dedication to learning and training makes him an invaluable part of the team here. In his free time, he enjoys being in the ocean, and pursuing his other passion - photography!

Community and Career Services

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Bianca Portal

Career Services Manager

Bianca is weirdly passionate about resumes, cover letters, and all things LinkedIn, it only made sense that Bianca moved into the field of Career Services. After spending years as a Recruiter, most recently at Intuit, she's excited to bring her knowledge of the tech hiring process to the students at LEARN Academy, as the new Career Services Manager.


Hillary Whitmore

Admissions Coordinator

Hillary is a San Diego native and professional development enthusiast. After graduating from SDSU with a degree in political science, Hillary has been expanding her network all over the country, so that LEARN graduates can tap into supportive communities across the country. She is passionate about working with people and helping others succeed in their professional lives.