Urban Coders is a Tulsa-based nonprofit organization that teaches coding to middle and high school students from historically underserved and underrepresented communities. We are dedicated to providing equitable access to STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Our overarching goal is to build a more diverse, more inclusive tech ecosystem that includes people of color and women as software developers, engineers, project managers, product developers, and entrepreneurs.

We are the Urban Coders Guild!

Mikeal Vaughn, MBA PMP
Founder/Executive Director

After spending nearly two decades working in IT in the US and Southeast Asia, Mikeal is a global industry veteran who knows well what it means to be one of the few Black faces in the workplace. He also knows that it takes more than tech skills to succeed in the ever changing STEM industry environment. He believes that tech skills and experience paired with soft skills training are vital but more can be done to ensure that young people of color or women to thrive in STEM industry jobs. We must also be intentional in building strong ecosystems – communities of belonging – in which they learn and thrive. Mikeal equates this as a powerful means to combatting the income inequality and wealth gap.


Jeremy Benedik
Carson Scantling
Kim Smith
Dr. William Smith

Board of Advisors

Michael Basch, Atento Capital
Aaron Bolzle, Tulsa Remote
Erin Davis, Leading Educators
Milecia McGregor, Flipped Coding
Nash McQuarters, Tulsa Community College
Carlos Moreno, CAP Tulsa
Vashonda Pannell, Vashonda Sherra Productions

Major Contributors

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation | Coretz Family Foundation | George Kaiser Family Foundation
QuikTrip | Techlahoma

Additional program support is provided by:

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission | Greenwood Art Project | Tulsa Community College