People

David Albert
Co-founder

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
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.

Mai Schwartz
Facilitator

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 hobby outside of work is New York: Its history, architecture, food, transportation, and everything else about the city.

Rachel Vincent
Operations

Rachel studied journalism and creative writing in college and spent the next few years working in the fashion industry. She’s excited to learn to code in-between planning events, wrangling calendars, and making sure everything at the Recurse Center runs smoothly. Rachel is a life-long New Yorker and a second generation comic book nerd.

Sonali Sridhar
Co-founder

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
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 moved to New York two years ago, and enjoys biking, boxing, and photography. She also loves dumplings of all kinds.