Founder and CEO, Last Mile Education Fund
Ruthe Farmer has focused on tech inclusion since 2001. She is the founder and CEO of the Last Mile Education Fund. She previously served as chief evangelist at CSforALL and served as senior policy advisor for tech inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy working on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and previously led strategy and K-12 programs at NCWIT for 8 years.
Ruthe Farmer is a talent entrepreneur laser-focused on inclusion and leveraging existing infrastructures to scale change. She is the founder and CEO of the Last Mile Education Fund and most recently was chief evangelist at CSforALL. Focusing her efforts on systems-level change for tech inclusion since 2001, she served as senior policy advisor for tech inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy where she led implementation of President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All (CSforAll) U.S. students and advised on national tech inclusion policy. While at the White House, Farmer launched the Summit on Computer Science for All and persuaded more than 500 community partners to make public commitments to advance and support computer science for students.
Prior to joining the White House, Farmer served as chief strategy and growth officer at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and director of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. For eight years at NCWIT, she led strategy and development of national initiatives to increase the participation of women and girls in computing and IT fields. She launched and scaled the successful Aspirations in Computing talent development initiative for young women in computing, expanding the program nationally in just three years. Aspirations in Computing is now available to all girls and young women in the U.S. and territories. It includes the AspireIT near-peer outreach program for K-12 girls, the Award for Aspirations in Computing for technically inclined high school young