Tech Workforce & STEM Experts
Our experts are leading local, state and national efforts to create better pathways for IT careers.
Our CEO Charles Eaton
joined Creating IT Futures in June 2010 with 17 years of prior non-profit management experience. Eaton is often invited to participate in White House Administration workforce development campaigns. Quoted frequently in the media, he regularly addresses national conferences as an authority on tech workforce development and STEM education. Gretchen Koch
joined Creating IT Futures in 2014 after 11 years with CompTIA and, prior to that, more than 20 years in the IT industry. At Compaq and HP, her career culminated as global services manager for K-12 and post-secondary education. Arriving at CompTIA in 2003, she parlayed her knowledge of industry and educational systems to become a nationally known change agent for IT workforce development. In her role as the executive director of workforce development strategies, she works closely with the U.S. Department of Education and leads efforts with the State of Illinois and the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance to develop and promote IT career pipelines.
is the senior director of our IT Futures Labs, which develops innovative non-profit programs to help women, ethnic minorities, and unemployed or under-employed individuals obtain careers in the IT sector. Larson has worked in the journalism and non-profit fields for more than 20 years, bringing attention to worthwhile causes.
As Executive Director for Minnesota, Sue Wallace
is responsible for the program operations and fundraising in the state. Sue started her professional career in the IT industry and moved on to spend nearly 14 years in nonprofit workforce development before joining Creating IT Futures. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees from Ball State University. She is actively involved in her community and enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys.