Code Nation Designated Initial Partner in Marqeta Cares Program

The global company launched a 10-year equity commitment to support movers and shakers in pathways to economic growth

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(Bay Area) — March 30, 2021 — Code Nation is one of nine inaugural partners in the Marqeta Cares program, which aims to support the creation of inclusive communities and help build pathways to economic growth, with a specific focus on helping youth from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds. Marqeta, the global modern card issuing platform, has committed more than $300,000 in initial support toward Code Nation and eight other nonprofits for 2021.

“We work to provide pathways to careers in technology for all young people, especially those underrepresented in tech and those who are marginalized in our current systems,” said Becca Novak, CEO, Code Nation. “We’re honored to receive the support from the Marqeta Cares program — these are the types of partnerships that will break down deep-seated social and economic inequities in the tech sector.”

For the 2021 Marqeta Cares program, it focuses on Oakland nonprofits with a national footprint, or United Kingdom-based groups. These nonprofits have a mission and vision that is aligned to addressing the education gap, increasing access to technology, and creating pathways to meaningful careers for underserved youth.

“We are so thankful for Marqeta’s laser focus on Oakland. At Code Nation, we believe in continuing to offer programs, opportunities, and connections that support this community,” said Shantina Jackson, Managing Director of the Bay Area, Code Nation. “Students in our Oakland schools are the future of tech and they will benefit tremendously from this support.”

This year kicks off a 10-year commitment from Marqeta to support organizations that make meaningful differences in communities. In addition to Code Nation, the other Marqeta Cares program partners include: The Hidden Genius Project, College Track Oakland, OneGoal Bay Area, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Beyond 12, Ever Forward Club, IntoUniversity, and Blueprint for All.

About Code Nation

Code Nation equips students with the skills, experiences and connections that together create access to careers in technology. With a volunteer teaching corps of nearly 350 professional web and software developers and a network of school and company partners in New York City, Chicago, and the Bay Area, we provide coding courses and work-based learning programs to students who attend under-resourced high schools. For more information, visit

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