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Dec. 19, 2018 6:34 pm

Power Moves: Hiring and promotion news at Digital Harbor Foundation, Code in the Schools and more

Plus, a Maryland cybersecurity startup adds experienced executives.
Darius McCoy (left) shows off his 3D Printer to U.S. Department of Education officials in 2015.

Darius McCoy (left) shows off his 3D Printer to U.S. Department of Education officials in 2015.

(photo courtesy Digital Harbor Foundation)

Power Moves is a column where we chart the comings and goings of talent across the region. Got a new hire, new gig or promotion? Email us.


Darius McCoy entered Digital Harbor Foundation‘s Federal Hill tech center as one of its first youth members soon after it opened. Now he’s overseeing operations inside the building.

Earlier this month, McCoy was promoted to the position of tech center director of the maker education nonprofit. In the role, he will be responsible for overseeing implementation of youth-serving programs, including initiatives focused on providing youth employment. He’s looking to focus on increasing the organization’s reach and diversity, as well as creating new opportunities for youth.

“Darius is uniquely positioned to serve in this newly-created role,” said Andrew Coy, Digital Harbor Foundation’s Executive Director. “While we knew that one day the youth we taught would be leading this work, we didn’t anticipate it would happen this quickly. Since walking into our space during the first semester we were open, Darius has developed the skill set to become a leader in the space and helped develop our programs along the way.”

McCoy has picked up accolades including presenting work at the White House, as well as being featured in Make Magazine and Adam Savage’s Tested.com. He also gave a TEDx talk when he was 16 years old.

“Most importantly, though, he has worked hard to build a great culture among our youth employees as the youth employment program manager over the past two years.”

Darius McCoy was promoted to tech center director at Digital Harbor Foundation.

Darius McCoy was promoted to tech center director at Digital Harbor Foundation.

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Susanna Young joined Code in the Schools as development manager. In the role, Young will work with leadership of the computer science education nonprofit to secure revenue streams for the organization, support programming and expand community engagement and development initiatives.

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Young initially came to the city as a student at Baltimore School for the Arts, where she studied violin. She went on to study at MICA, where she gained initial experience with nonprofit development. She previously worked at Alliance for Justice in D.C. Young said she was looking to reconnect and serve the community in Baltimore.

“Building on my advocacy background, I believe digital technology provides extremely powerful tools for social transformation especially in our communities. But one of the biggest threats to achieving better use of technology is marginalization and unequal access to digital technology,” she told us via email. “By providing access to computer science education for underserved and underrepresented youth in Baltimore, Code in the Schools is creating a truly collaborative, inclusive and diverse space to cultivate a new generation equipped with skills to build the future and long-term sustainability of our communities.”

Susanna Young is development manager at Code in the Schools. (Courtesy photo)

Susanna Young is development manager at Code in the Schools. (Courtesy photo)

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A few weeks after closing a $37 million funding round, Hanover-based cybersecurity company Dragos added a pair of executives to its leadership team.

Steve Sturges joined the company focusing on securing industrial control systems and critical infrastructure as vice president of engineering. He previously served as director of engineering at Cisco and worked at Sourcefire, the Columbia based cyber company acquired by Cisco in 2013. He worked on teams that developed open source intrusion detection system Snort and Firepower products, as well as Baltimore Technologies, GTE Internetworking, and Trusted Information Systems.

Sturges said the company has a “combination of experience and codified intelligence has never been seen before in industrial cybersecurity, which makes Dragos a unique and exciting team to work alongside.”

Darren Sankbeil joined the company as vice president of finance. He previously worked with industrial tech and cyber companies in investment banking and corporate advisory roles at Citigroup, Banc of America, JMP Securities, and Teneo Capital.

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