Jon is a founder, engineer, and activist and holds a number of positions to make technology education and opportunities available to all. Most notably, he is an early engineer at Stack Overflow, the world's largest community of developers, where he leads efforts to make its Q&A knowledge platform accessible to anyone learning to code. As the first engineer of Asian descent in the company, Jon also leads all D&I partnerships at Stack Overflow, connecting with organizations like Girls Who Code, Andela, and Out for Undergrad.
Jon is also the founder and sole maintainer of Bento, a site educating the next generation of self-taught developers. He started Bento in 2014 when it became a viral hit, being featured in the top spot on Y Combinator's Hacker News and the overall front page of Reddit on the same day. Bento now has thousands of monthly users from around the world learning from its catalog of 100+ technology topics.
In his free time, Jon also does nonprofit work as the founder Out in Tech Youth, a nonprofit arm working to raise the nation's next generation of LGBTQ+ technology leaders. In 2017, he started its flagship mentorship program in partnership with Microsoft, Google, and Samsung. Since then, Out in Tech Youth has grown to a national program reaching over 300+ LGBTQ+ youth and tech professionals.
He is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to startups, technology, and diversity & inclusion. Over the last five years, he's had speaking engagements at companies like Union Square Ventures, Twitter, and Samsung and at universities like Yale and New York University.
Jon also holds a number of distinguished memberships and accolades. Of note, he is an industry advisor for the New York Tech Talent Pipeline, an initiative started by New York City mayor Bill De Blasio to deliver tech education and opportunity to the city. He is also a member of the Primary 100, a select group of principal engineers working to build out New York's startup ecosystem.
In 2012, he graduated from New York University at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, earning the school's highest academic honor, the Gallatin Special Service Award. By the time he graduated, he was selected as one of three university nominees for the Rhodes Scholarship. Jon travels the world frequently as a digital nomad, but spends the most time in New York City and Los Angeles. He is 28 years old.