Our 20th: A Note from the Executive Director

All in a Year: Elizabeth’s Take on Byte Back’s 20th Year and 2017

Dear Friends,

It never ceases to amaze me that Byte Back’s co-founders, Barbara Altman and Glenn Stein, had the foresight to understand 20 years ago that technology was an increasingly important pathway to economic self-sufficiency.

Before we all had smartphones, when Mark Zuckerberg was a young teenager, when the only way we could apply for a job was by filling out a paper application, they knew that technology was the future.

They knew that training unemployed adults in technology could change lives.
Thanks to the passion and incredible dedication of thousands of students, volunteers, staff, and Board members, Byte Back is still here, opening up a world of possibility to hundreds of people every year.

In our 20th year, we’ve entered into a new era. For the first time, we’ll be offering our full suite of classes in Maryland. After 20 years of operating out of a rowhouse in Brookland, our students now learn in our state-of-the-art headquarters. And our investments in our career services have paid off – this year, 60 Byte Back students started life-changing careers.

As we look to the future, we’re excited to train more adults across our region, contribute to national conversations on digital inclusion and diversity in tech, and chart out a strategy for the next phase of our growth and expansion.

We hope you’ll become part of the success of our students by getting involved as a volunteer, connecting a graduate with an internship or job, and donating.

Thank you for your support and cheers to the next 20 years of Byte Back, and beyond.


Elizabeth Lindsey