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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.