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Abby Funabiki

As the Associate Executive Director at BootUp, Abby Funabiki has led and scaled BootUp’s operations and programmatic work to implement district-wide “computer science for all” initiatives nationally. She works with district admin across the country to ensure implementation is sustainable, scalable, and aligned to each district’s unique infrastructure and vision.

Abby leads partnerships, including the Amazon Future Engineer sponsorship to increase CS access to 500,000 elementary students from underserved and underrepresented communities, and collaborates with other national partners like code.org and the CSforAll Consortium. A highlight of her work is learning from the many educators and social justice advocates she’s privileged to work alongside.

At BootUp, Abby has garnered over $8 million in funding through grants and sponsorships and has hired individuals and onboarded teams from the ground up to turn these funds into outcomes.

Since 2011, Abby has worked in the nonprofit sector, supporting public education. Most recently, she was with the Park City Education Foundation, where she managed grantmaking and awards to support over 50 district programs, led fundraising campaigns, and analyzed data trends and key indicators to evaluate program performance and impact. In 2013, Abby led Park City School District’s rebranding project as their Communications Director and created processes for the newly formed communications department. At state and local conferences, Abby has presented on district implementation models, data analytics, and fundraising.

While attending Willamette University in Oregon, Abby interned for the Willamette University Foundation and McCormick Foundation in Chicago. She played on the tennis team and served as Team Captain her senior year. Go Bearcats! She has earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah and wrote her thesis on nonprofit capacity building.

Abby believes students who are taught to think critically and solve problems will positively influence their communities and transform our country. She’s dedicated her career to building programs and creating capacity within organizations that support equity in public education.

Our Team

Our team is committed to expanding equitable access to computer science and coding. We are former public educators, creatives, and lifelong learners who are deeply engaged and passionate about what we do.
Clark Merkley

Clark Merkley

Executive Director

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Abby

Abby Funabiki, MPA

Associate Executive Director

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Jared O'Leary

Jared O'Leary, PhD

Director of Education & Research

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Karen

Karen Melara

Marketing Manager

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Kambria "Kami" Harris

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Tizara Taylor

District Coding Accelerator

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Suzanne B. Carlson, M. Ed.

District Coding Accelerator

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Brenda Bass

PD Manager

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Carlos Leon

Programs Manager

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McKay Perkins, MS

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Stacie Mason, PhD

Research and Evaluation

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