Black excellence in tech: Panelist Spotlight – James Cooper

Codeup is hosting our second Black Excellence in Tech Panel in honor of Black History Month on February 22, 2023! To further celebrate, we’d like to spotlight each of our panelists leading up to the discussion to learn a bit about their respective experiences as black leaders in the tech industry!

Meet James!

James Cooper is the Senior Placement Manager at Codeup, and will also be the Moderator for the Black Excellence in Tech Panel. James previously served as an Athletic Director in higher education and in that role his responsibilities included liaison for Title IX. As Title IX liaison, James oversaw complaints of discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arose during the review of complaints. Additionally, he spent two years assisting the Department of Justice in building college campuses’ capacity to lessen violence against women, to administer justice for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to increase services for those victims.

At Codeup, James helps students identify career opportunities and supply them with the necessary tools to ensure they are able to compete for those opportunities. We asked James about his experience at Codeup, he shared, “This is the first employer in my professional experiences that promotes true autonomy and community amongst its staff.”

James believes in his ability to overcome many obstacles and challenges and utilizes his lens and social construct towards the Human-Centered Approach to Service Delivery. He serves as an infinite example of thought provoking philosopher bridging gaps between academics, athletics and prioritizing the process of transitioning community assets and values for a sustainable legacy.

We hope you can join us on February 22nd to sit in on an insightful conversation with James and all of our panelists!