We are on a mission to empower 1M underrepresented job-seekers to forge a path into tech

Why we started SV Academy:

We couldn't have done it alone, and you shouldn't have to either. That's why we founded SV Academy - to help you get your first break into the tech industry, build the skills that employers need, and make the right connections with a professional community of high performers—for life. 

Rahim: I grew up in government housing and was fired from my first job at McDonald's. 10 years later, I was receiving an award at The White House, and selling my startup to Oracle.

Joel: If you told me when I was growing up that I’d end up a tech executive in Silicon Valley, I never would have believed you, but here I am. It was an arduous path, filled with twists and turns, but it all led me to co-founding SV Academy, the incarnation of my life’s mission.

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These are the numbers that matter most to us

60%

Women

42%

Black & Latinx

2.4x

Income expansion

70%

First-generation college grads

Equal access requires action and we never stop moving forward

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SV Academy and Salesforce partner to bring sales development training to 70M+ learners around the world on Coursera.


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Gainsight and Insight Partners join SV Academy and 30 Charter Partners to launch CS YOU.


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“...SV Academy saw a spike in demand for hires since software companies recovered from the initial shock of the pandemic.”


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Fast Company recognizes SV Academy as the #2 Most Innovative Education Company in the World for 2020.


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Backed by:

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Bloomberg Beta is an early-stage venture firm backed by Bloomberg LP, which focuses on understanding the profound changes in the way business works.
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Sound Ventures is a VC firm founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, focused on early and mid-stage private technology platforms.
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Owl Ventures is the largest venture capital firm in the world focused on the education technology market.
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Uprising is an impact investor that has backed Lending Club, Lyft, Devoted Health, Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE), and ClassDojo.
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Kapor Capital invests in seed stage startups that close gaps of access, expand economic opportunity, and make a positive impact in our society and the economy.
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ReThink Education supports entrepreneurs creating new ways of teaching, of supporting students, of providing access and meaning to crucial data.
Testimonials mission

Over 400 leading SaaS companies are partnering with SV Academy to diversify the tech industry

“SV Academy is the best source of SDR talent on the market, bar none.”

Jenny Strauss, HR Director at InsideView

"With so many of our graduates interested in technology and our close proximity to California, where many of our students come from, partnering with SV Academy is another way for us to help people pursue the career they want."

Darcy Richardson, Director of Continuing & Professional Education for EdPlus at Arizona State University

“We’re excited to partner with SV Academy, a team that’s democratizing access to life-changing careers and economic opportunity.”

Ashton Kutcher, Co-founder and General Partner at Sound Ventures

“Excited to launch #CSYOU, In partnership with @SVAhq a program that offers underrepresented minorities training & placement in Customer Success Associate roles.”

Nick Mehta, CEO at Gainsight

“This partnership marks a significant milestone for FIU and opens up doors to careers in tech for our alumni everywhere.”

Joseph Riquelme, Assistant Vice President, FIU Online, FIU

The SV Academy team fueling the mission

Rahim Fazal

Rahim Fazal

CEO and Co-Founder

Joel Scott

Joel Scott

COO and Co-Founder

Adrienne Todd

Adrienne Todd

Curriculum Design

Alizain Feerasta

Alizain Feerasta

Head of Technology

Amanda Torres

Amanda Torres

Admissions Team

Amitai Max Samuels

Amitai Max Samuels

Program Manager

Ana Betancourt

Ana Betancourt

Head of Marketing

Andrea Spillmann-Gajek

Andrea Spillmann-Gajek

Head of Growth

Ashwin Ravi

Ashwin Ravi

Head of Finance

Benhur Desta

Benhur Desta

CS YOU Admissions & Operations

Bruno Centeno

Bruno Centeno

Data Science Engineer

Caitlyn Philatre

Caitlyn Philatre

Admissions Director

Cassidy Mercer

Cassidy Mercer

Curriculum Design & Development

Cesar Ferreyra

Cesar Ferreyra

Manager of Employer Partnerships

César Salazar

César Salazar

Head of Product

Charles Silva

Charles Silva

Software Engineer

Charlotte Terrien

Charlotte Terrien

Mentor and Alumni Success

David Chea

David Chea

Admissions Director

Eric Bryan

Eric Bryan

Director of Industry Partnerships

Erin Piotrowski

Erin Piotrowski

Curriculum Developer

Gabrielle Keogh

Gabrielle Keogh

Account Executive

Gerardo Valencia

Gerardo Valencia

Software Engineer

Giselle Merida

Giselle Merida

Social Media Buyer

Iván Salaya

Iván Salaya

Visual Designer

Jarek Coles

Jarek Coles

Product Development Manager

Jeremy Boyd

Jeremy Boyd

Admissions Team Lead

José Bolio

José Bolio

UI Designer

Julia Bailey

Julia Bailey

Content Manager and Copywriter

Kate Godard

Kate Godard

Senior Manager, Career Success

Kehau Likio

Kehau Likio

Program Delivery

Kristian Dougherty

Kristian Dougherty

Program Manager

Loi Laing

Loi Laing

Program Advisor

Michelle Winkley

Michelle Winkley

Human Resources Consultant

NaOmi Furukawa

NaOmi Furukawa

Program Manager

Noorin Fazal

Noorin Fazal

Head of Curriculum and Partnerships

Norman Mack

Norman Mack

Program Operations & Special Projects Manager

Nyiema Bayfield

Nyiema Bayfield

Admissions Director

Ricardo Gamboa

Ricardo Gamboa

Software Engineer

Sasha Green

Sasha Green

Admissions Director

Shae Felicien

Shae Felicien

Curriculum Developer

Tania Doles

Tania Doles

Program Operations Manager

Tim Young

Tim Young

Head of Product

Tori Torres

Tori Torres

Head of Community & Brand Experience

Zachary Peterson

Zachary Peterson

Admissions Director

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