From the Executive Director … 2018 Annual Report


Byte Back’s 2018 Annual Report Is Here, Along with a Message from Elizabeth Lindsey, Executive Director

Imagine what poverty in this country would look like if people on the other side of the digital divide were given the opportunity to have living-wage careers in tech.

You know how valuable a second chance can be. That’s what Bernie found at Byte Back – a second chance, a shot at redemption.

Bernie spent years in the hospitality industry, working to support her daughter, who is autistic. Like so many students, Bernie knew a career in technology could bring more opportunities. She got on that path and a few months later earned her first IT certification.

In 2018, Byte Back grads who were hired started earning, on average, $27,599 more per year than before the program.

People around the country deserve free, accessible, and inclusive tech training that opens up doors to living-wage careers. That’s why we’re expanding second chances. For the first time in Byte Back’s 22-year history, we’re reaching people beyond the Washington, DC metro area and expanding to Baltimore.

As we take our first step into a new region in 2019, we’re also excited to begin exploring national expansion. And we’ll continue to train hundreds of adults at our DC headquarters and to use the site as a learning lab for innovative digital education.

Byte Back graduates are helping workplaces diversify, and they’re building up their communities. In 2018, we helped companies connect with graduates and give back as industry partners.

Your support has helped us connect graduates with so many opportunities and make second chances a reality for students like Bernie.

Please join Byte Back in 2019 as we help an amazing group of diverse, talented adults realize their tech career dreams are within reach.


Elizabeth Lindsey
Executive Director


Check out Byte Back’s 2018 Annual Report here >>