Debi Pfitzenmaier is founding executive director of Youth Code Jam. Youth Code Jam hosts Texas’ largest family coding event, as well as teacher professional development workshops; after school clubs; summer camps; and special programs for low income, minority and neurodiverse students. Pfitzenmaier, along with the most amazing and committed team of volunteers, works closely with private and public entities, as well as parents, educators and community leaders, to create synergy around getting K-12 students excited about learning to code, building their confidence in their skills and inspiring them to imagine themselves in the tech-driven jobs of the future. Youth Code Jam hosts events in San Antonio, Austin and the Rio Grande Valley as well as equipping teachers across the state to host their own mini code jams. In 2018, Youth Code Jam will reach nearly 10,000 Texas students through its programs.