David Albert

Dave has been programming since he was a kid, but it wasn’t until years after starting RC that he began to feel good at it. At RC, he writes software (in Ruby and JavaScript), prose, and works on making RC the best place to become a great programmer. In his spare time, Dave is an amateur pianist.

James J. Porter
Senior Facilitator

James has worked in the past on everything from fruit fly genetics to online payment systems to storage infrastructure for bioinformatics. He was in the Summer 2013 batch, and outside of computing enjoys cycling and tabletop games of all sorts.

Laura Woods
Career Facilitator

Laura studied history in college and subsequently spent time as a graduate student and instructor. After some time she decided that academia was not for her, but still loves reading and learning about American history. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, and (more recently) exploring the city.

Mai Schwartz

Mai is a poet whose interests have led to an eclectic career so far spanning HIV research and education, community organizing, oral history, and horticulture. Most recently, he led a job training program in sustainable land care for incarcerated people. Mai is excited about being part of the RC community and exploring New York with Rosie the dog.

Nicholas Bergson-Shilcock
Co-founder, CEO

As a life-long unschooler, Nick was lucky to have lots of freedom to direct his own education growing up. He fell in love with programming by fumbling around with BASIC on an Apple IIe and making silly adventure games in HyperCard. Nick wears many hats at RC, and even gets to occasionally program. Nick's primary hobbies outside of work are New York (its history, architecture, food, transportation, and everything else about the city) and learning Mandarin.

Rachel Petacat
Head of Retreat

Rachel studied journalism and creative writing in college and spent the next few years working in the fashion industry. She handles admissions and the retreat, and generally makes sure everything at the Recurse Center runs smoothly. Rachel is a life-long New Yorker and moonlights as a comic book writer.

Selomé Samuel
Career Facilitator

Selomé studied visual art in college, bounced around the service industry, and then spent many years designing playlists for retail stores. Through her own experience with student loans she became fascinated with personal finance and has a small side business as a financial coach. Selomé is obsessed with food (eating, cooking, talking about), music, riding her bike and petting every dog she meets.

Sonali Sridhar

Sonali studied Interaction Design in college and worked in advertising for years before taking on the challenge of designing experiences at the Recurse Center. She now aims to create a Bauhaus for programmers. She’s pragmatic and is excited by programming as a tool to implement great ideas.

Sydney Lefevre
Senior Career Facilitator

Sydney spent several years working for a talent acquisition and advisory firm. Before that, Sydney worked in the medical devices sector, taught English in South Korea, and studied Anthropology. She plays violin, and was a dancer for several years in a professional folk dance company in Minneapolis. She enjoys biking, boxing, photography, and knitting. She also loves dumplings of all kinds.