We provide tech training, as well as professional development curricula, creating pathways to employment & entrepreneurship. At TKH, students gain full access to our robust, project-base curriculum & a diverse network of career and industry professionals.
We are dedicated to placing young people at the center of leading innovation in their neighborhoods. We leverage our students' personal assets and teach them how to capitalize on them through their presentation and personal branding skills.
The Knowledge House program participants include high school and college students, college graduates, and professionals looking to increase their employability by gaining technical skills, and becoming full stack developers, and designers.
The Knowledge House empowers and sustains a talent pipeline of technologists, entrepreneurs, and digital leaders, who will uplift their communities out of poverty.
1,500+ students served to date
In 2017, 10 strategic partners (training providers and colleges) formed the Bronx Digital Pipeline (BxDP)
100 tech companies engaged in volunteering & sponsorship in 2017
75% of grads have been matched to bridge employment (part-time/full-time, internships, & freelance)
Bronx-native Jerelyn Rodriguez co-founded The Knowledge House in 2014. Previously, she coordinated STEM after-school programming at Beyond Z and was the Bronx Field Director for Reshma Saujani's 2013 campaign for New York City Public Advocate. In 2011, Jerelyn joined Students for Education Reform (SFER) as the National Program Director, organizing and coaching college students in 35 states to advocate for education reform. Prior to SFER, Jerelyn worked in the public school system, teaching and designing student programs. Jerelyn has recently spoken on panels at SXSW, the New York City Social Innovation Festival and NASA’s SpaceApps Challenge. She is on the leadership council for South Bronx Rising Together, a founding Datanaut at NASA, a fellow at Camelback Ventures, and has recently been honored as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in Education. Jerelyn has a degree in film studies from Columbia University.
Joe Carrano, Brooklyn-native and son of Ecuadorian immigrants, co-founded The Knowledge House (TKH) in 2014 where he leads all curricula design, teacher training, systems implementation, and employer partnerships. Joe is a self taught software developer, with several years of experience as an incubator manager, intrapreneur, product specialist, and web developer. Previous to TKH, Joe led the launch of the BXL Bronx Business Incubator where he coached over 50 startups and businesses. Joe also served as the Head of Product at ColorOfChange.org where he managed a platform with over 1.25 million users. In addition to his non-profit work, Joe founded and is the chief technical consultant of 718 Digital Inc., a technology consultancy based in the Bronx. 718 Digital is currently a key employer partner of TKH, allowing alumni, entry-level technologists from underserved backgrounds, increase their software development and project management skills by working on real client projects. Joe holds a BA from Baruch College at the City University of New York, where he studied digital marketing and business administration.
Interim Board Chair
Member since 2015
Co-Founder, Silicon Harlem
Member since 2017
Chief Financial Officer, KIPP
Member since 2016
Senior Manager, Research and Data and the New York City Department of Education
Member since 2015
Executive Director, Business Outreach Center Network
Bronx-native Andre joined The Knowledge House in 2017 as a program coordinator for Workforce Development Corporation (WDC) and Bronx Digital Pipeline (BxDP) partnerships where he compiled all program data, assisted with outreach and recruitment, and owned individual student management and remediation. With a mixed employment history centered around constructing authentic and sustainable interpersonal relationships, Andre honed his skills of engagement while co-teaching elementary students at Harlem Children’s Zone. While preparing students for their Common Core State Exam he also lead 7th a grade character development group focused around self efficacy and goal oriented activities. Andre’s furthered his expertise during his tenure with the Administration for Children Services where he investigated the allegations of abuse and maltreatment of New York City children and supported families in finding permanent solutions to their household traumas via therapy, community based organizations or interventions. Andre is responsible for overseeing the data management, student specific learning plans, and individual student performances throughout all programs.
Communications & Events Coordinator
Bronx-native Cass joined The Knowledge House in 2017, where she works with the Programs team to develop a strategy around building up awareness of TKH programming and talent, and owns event logistics for events throughout the year. Using her digital marketing capabilities, she manages all digital design, content creation, and communication including written content for TKH’s website, newsletters, and social media platforms, as well as coordinates the design of photo and video content for campaigns. Cassandra holds a BS in Business Administration: Finance from Mercy College, and previous experience working with underserved youth, more specifically young women and immigrants in New York. Cassandra enjoys learning about new technologies, volunteering, camping, and long walks to the fridge.
Career & College Readiness Specialist
Queens-native Cris joined The Knowledge House in 2015. Cris brings 10+ years of college & career readiness subject matter expertise to TKH as its Career & College Specialist, where he leads career curriculum development and facilitation across Workforce Development Corporation (WDC) & Bronx Digital Pipeline (BXDP) programs. His efforts to leverage his industry connections have led to participant/alumni interviews with corporations like Amazon and Accenture. Cris has delivered keynote speeches & presentations for organizations like Teach For America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on topics such as immigration, career readiness & entrepreneurship. His commitment to empowering underserved communities has led to social entrepreneurship awards for his company, GrantAnswers & career app, KeyJargon. His out-of-work passion is concert-going, attending 100+ live performances ranging from Beyoncé VIP to his nephew’s violin recitals.
Bronx-native Elvis joined The Knowledge House in July of 2017. Instructor for Exploring Technology, teaching basic web development technologies to high schoolers around the South Bronx. Elvis has taught and completed four programs since joining the team, and is currently working on 3 programs. Elvis also has diverse roles at The Knowledge House as he helps his lead instructor design curriculum content for the Exploring Technologies Program as well as help oversee and manage inventory in the office. Elvis has his BS in Computer Science from CUNY Lehman College. While working on his Bachelors, Elvis also worked as an IT Specialist at the Lehman College IT Center where he learned how to troubleshoot technical errors, and resolve any issues with students not being able to connect to the college’s network, as well as stayed active in pursuit of being a developer by attending the events and programs to improve his skills such as the Google Android Computer Science Program, and the CUNY Tech Prep with the Tech Talent Pipeline.
Bronx-native raised in East Harlem joined The Knowledge House in 2017. Prior to joining the team, commencing in 2006, Heriberto spent 8 years as Vice President at LatinosinHigherEd.com (LiHE) a niche startup job board which supported recruitment advertising for Latino/a professionals in the Higher Education sector. During his time at LiHE, Heriberto was also a Board member and Website Administrator for the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE), a nonprofit agency dedicated to promoting and advocating full access, retention and participation of Latinos throughout Connecticut Higher Education. Heriberto facilitated daily operations, supervising interns and collaborating closely with Faculty and Staff as well as Full Stack Developers. Heriberto has pursued a novel direction as of 2014 - with 100% focus on Full Stack Development and Instruction. Initially securing a Web Design/Developer internship with Picspotr, a startup photography business management tool. Shortly thereafter, Heriberto was able to secure an apprenticeship with Independent Software, a company based out of New Haven, Connecticut where he was a self-starter and alongside a team of junior developers developed MVP software for local entrepreneurs. Thereafter, he was employed as a Partner Company Lead / Site Manager for Independent Software. Heriberto graduated from the Thinkful Immersive Full Stack Development Bootcamp in 2018, which allowed him to become a robust developer and further equipped him to take on his succeeding role. Currently in his TKH role, Heriberto assists his lead instructor in designing curriculum content and instructs both advanced and intro to programming courses in conjunction with TKH and the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline Bridge-to-Tech Program. Heriberto is a family man with two children and on his spare time, he enjoys playing softball and ice hockey. Heriberto has a degree in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Bronx-native Khalid joined The Knowledge House in 2014 and has contributed his knowledge and skill set in helping TKH’s growth and expansion throughout the years. Starting as Communications Coordinator, Khalid was mainly responsible for social media content and outreach. As TKH began to grow, Khalid had a better understanding of how the organization was run and how things flowed and contributed his skills in operations. He is now the Executive Assistant and Office Manager, responsible for all finances, HR, org culture, and other ops and development. He works closely with the accountant, CEO, and Development Manager, making sure of budgets, cash flow, and keeping the CEO under radar of all that happens within TKH. Khalid has a wide variety of interests including music, blogging, sports, travel, and video games. Khalid has a B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University.
A South Bronx-native and Latina, Madeline joined the team in 2017 as a WDC Programs Manager and oversaw the founding of the Bridge-to-Tech Program. Prior to joining the team, Madeline was seasoned in adult education, community outreach, and program development with nearly 4 years experience managing small teams and increasing operational efficiency. Currently, as the Program Manager, she solidifies recruitment and outreach strategies with partners, oversees admissions and TKH's annual enrollment, and works with the Development Manager to regularly report on program success and challenges. Madeline compiles and summarizes all data from the core services teams into Salesforce to ensure that TKH is on track to meeting org-wide program outcomes goals. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Madeline enjoys learning and sharing new technologies, customizing mobile user experiences and interfaces, and teaching others how to diversify their meal preparations on a budget.
Products and Innovation Manager
Bronx-native Stephany is currently the Products & Innovation Manager at The Knowledge House, with 5 years of Nonprofit Management experience. Previously she was the Director for ChickTech’s NYC chapter, a national nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. She has since been accepted into the Student Success Network’s Innovation Fellowship as well as NYC Opportunity’s Managing for Innovation program. In her TKH role, Stephany maintains quality control of curricula delivery, program evaluations, teacher hiring and training, creation of proprietary software applications, implementation of marketing strategies, and data reporting systems of student performance. She also supervises TKH’s Bronx Digital Pipeline initiative, which drives collective action by mobilizing tech education partners, higher-ed institutions and funders across a common set of tech mastery standards and employment goals. Stephany has a BA from Columbia University.