Who We Are
Code/Out is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of recidivism and generational poverty for the women in Georgia’s prison system. Through education and opportunity in the technology space we are going to teach women how to code. This will enable them with the skills and confidence to re-enter the technology workforce throughout Georgia. With corporate partnerships we are building a network of employers eager to integrate these determined women into their ranks. As the demand increases, so will the wages.
We hope to create a community in Atlanta within the tech field that is more synonymous with the actual population. In doing so, we seek to change the education possibilities for women with felonies, reduce the rates of recidivism and decrease the chances of their children being lost to the prison industrial complex.
We are sick of the repeating cycle of imprisonment and women being lost to the prison system. We have decided to come together to do something about it. We are teaching women in Georgia’s prison systems how to code in order to:
- Give women a pathway to gainful employment regardless of criminal history
- Ensure gainful employment supplies sustainable wages for them AND their families
- Reduce the risk of recidivism for the women AND their children
We call this organization Code/Out. We’re doing this now because the market in Atlanta is desperate for new talent. The market in the tech industry is ripe for new forms of diversity and in need of new perspectives on creative ideas. These are the type of people the tech industry needs and these are the kinds of jobs our women can achieve.
Hannah has a BA in religion from Bryn Athyn College and an M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She has a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education within an emergency department setting at the Veterans Administration.
Hannah’s experience includes non-profit work in Thailand with Warm Heart Worldwide and management of social media and communications with Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, GA. She maintained a real estate license for five years and managed sales in real estate along with creating and executing real estate contracts in the northeast Georgia area.
In 2016, she participated in her own personal social justice work with victim-offender mediation. This mediation was conducted in Port Arthur, TX between herself and one of the offenders who murdered her brother in 2000. Due to this work and the realization of prison conditions she has stood in protest of the death penalty in the state of Georgia and has advocated for the rights of those within the prison industrial complex.
In 2017 Hannah led a community discussion on the removal of war memorials to confederate soldiers. She participated with Hate Free Decatur and pursued the removal of symbols that represent oppression and subjugation of certain races of people. In 2018, the culmination of that work resulted in the Dekalb County resolution to remove the monument and replace it with a contextually accurate historical marker.
Hannah maintains a feminist theology and socially justice minded Facebook page and speaks live from that channel weekly. She is an avid lover of Skittles, a single mom who enjoys the occasional episode of Chuggington with her son and reads books constantly. She is tattooed, slightly foul-mouthed and prefers heels to tennis shoes.