The Congressional App Challenge Team
The Congressional App Challenge would not be possible without the efforts of all the congressional staff across the country, who execute the day-to-day of the Challenges, on the ground within their Congressional district. Though we cannot list them all here, we are grateful for their incredible efforts.
Rachel Décoste joins the Congressional App Challenge team after two decades of experience in Information Technology (IT), including designing Air Traffic Control systems and web applications in both public and private sectors Rachel’s first computer programming project was in 1989, when she taught herself the GW-BASIC programming language to create a randomized math quiz for kids. By 1997, Rachel was called “a pioneer” for website creation in Us Magazine. Rachel innovated web 2.0 technology before the term was coined. Rachel has defied the odds by pursuing a career in tech. Rachel aims for the Congressional App Challenge to be a catalyst for increasing the geographic, gender and racial reach of STEM among American youth.
Sophie Gil joins the Congressional App Challenge from Santa Barbara, California. She is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy program at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taken on Social Media Marketing and Communications projects at the Congressional App Challenge.
Jason Presher joins the 2017 Congressional App Challenge team from Arlington, Texas. Arlington is situated between the two major cities of Dallas and Ft. Worth. He is enrolled in an online Bachelors of Science in Web Design and Development at Brigham Young University Idaho. He is honored to be part of the this team to help young people learn to code applications.
Melissa joins the Congressional App Challenge team after serving over four years on Capitol Hill. She is passionate about innovating government, improving civic engagement and expanding opportunities in STEM education for underserved students and women. During her time on the Hill, Melissa spearheaded the App Challenge for her office. She’s excited to bring that experience to the CAC supporting Congressional Offices with everything they need to successfully execute their own Challenges.
Adviser and Executive Director at the Internet Education Foundation
The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) is the official sponsor of the Congressional App Challenge, handling execution of the Challenge on behalf of the U.S House of Representatives.
IEF is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by public interest groups, corporations, and associations representative of the diversity of the Internet community. IEF does not take any positions on legislation and strives to provide a balanced platform for education and debate.