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Christina Lewis Halpern

All Star Code
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Halpern is a social entrepreneur and award-wining journalist who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of All Star Code, a non-profit that attracts, prepares and places young men of color in the technology sector.

Founded in 2013, All Star Code partners with industry-leading companies, including Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and LinkedIn, to host computer science education programs in New York City and Pittsburgh, PA. The “Summer Intensive” program, which has graduated hundreds of students, has a progressive curriculum built on the principles of “daring greatly,” “celebrating failure,” and “telling your story.”

Halpern has always been passionate about redressing the disadvantages of historically oppressed communities. When she was 12 years old, Halpern’s father – Reginald F. Lewis, a pioneer on Wall Street and the first black man to own a billion-dollar company – passed away. Halpern was named to the board of his family foundation and grew up observing how non-profits and non-governmental organizations work – and most of it was oriented around economic and social justice for historically oppressed people. Halpern’s 2012 memoir, Lonely at the Top, reflects on the journey and impact of her father, whose success story is the inspiration for All Star Code.

Halpern has shared her unique perspective on creating economic opportunity through tech as a keynote speaker and panellist at influential events hosted by: The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, J.P. Morgan, Ivy League universities, and West Point, among others. The success and growth of All Star Code has been profiled by several top-tier news outlets, including ABC, Fortune, Fast Company and Business Insider. Halpern has been honored as a leading social entrepreneur by the Obama Administration, Jet Magazine and The Root.

Prior to founding All Star Code, Halpern was an award-winning journalist, including five years as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Magazine and other publications.

Halpern is a member of the Board of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation and Chair of the Class of 2002 Associates Committee for Harvard College, her alma mater. She is also on Hunter College’s Computer Science Advisory Board, and is an angel investor and advisor to other entrepreneurs.