Help give a virtual welcome to our 2021 fellows!

Thanks to another generous gift from Comcast, we are excited to announce our second cohort of fellows! These talented individuals will be honing their tech skills on Code for Philly projects over the next few months. Welcome Seif, Romie, and Anthony!

Seif Sekalala


Slack Handle @dibleauzah

Seif is an aspiring/junior project manager, communication-studies scholar, amateur/aspiring software-developer and data-scientist, and full-time nerdy and quirky dude. He has taught in various colleges in NJ and Philly, and is passionate about sharing knowledge and using our expertise for empowerment of all—especially disadvantaged—people, and the general improvement of civic life. You can find him on Twitter @SeifSekalala

Romie Hecdivert


Slack Handle @rh9891

After having completed my undergraduate degree studies at New York University, I moved back to Philadelphia to work in social services in the hopes of giving back to the community by advocating and working with adjudicated delinquents and abandoned youths. After more than six years of social work (and so many heartfelt, inspiring, and heartbreaking experiences), our program lost its funding to continue. With my past experiences of working in a high-pressure environment, adept multitasking skills, and abilities as an empathic listener that blossoms on a team, I assessed that my skills would be well translated as a web developer (something that I’ve always wanted to do!) and earned a full stack web development certification from the University of Pennsylvania. I’m grateful for the Code for Philly UX Fellowship and the opportunity to be mentored and grow as a developer, building applications with better design, usability, and functionality.

Anthony Hopkins


Slack Handle @coffeecode921

Anthony Hopkins is a 29-year-old data engineer with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He recently completed a Data Analytics and Visualization bootcamp with the University of Pennsylvania and is excited to use his sharpened skill set to help improve the PA Native Plant database tool. Anthony has a particular interest in data as it pertains to social justice and the growing conversations around algorithmic bias, big data, and the governance of the two. In his spare time, Anthony is a vegan cooker and baker. He recently perfected his last batch of peach scones and loves to make fresh baked goods to have with some iced coffee on weekend mornings. If you’ve got a fruit you want to try in a scone, he wants to hear about it!