Per Scholas Welcomes Two National Board Members

Per Scholas Welcomes Two National Board Members

Leaders from Telecommunications and Technology Contribute to Transform America’s Tech Workforce


BRONX, N.Y. (March 28, 2024) – Today, leading national tech training nonprofit advancing economic equity Per Scholas welcomed two National Board Members. 

New National Per Scholas Board Members include:

Kristen Chard, Head of Commerce, Google. Kristen joined Google in 2007 and now serves as a Head of Commerce in Google’s Mid Market sales division, GCS. Outside of work, Kristen focuses her energy on partnering with organizations to help underserved populations.

Rick Rioboli, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Comcast Cable. Rick serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Comcast Cable. Rick is an advocate for ongoing education and career development both at Comcast and across the Philadelphia tech community

“We are honored to welcome Kristen and Rick to Per Scholas’ National Board, where their dedication, expertise, and enthusiasm will greatly contribute to our mission of unlocking potential,” stated Plinio Ayala, President & CEO of Per Scholas. “Our National Board Members exemplify our vision to further change the face of technology to achieve a strong economy for all.”

To learn more about Per Scholas’s work and our National Board, visit

About Per Scholas

For nearly 30 years, Per Scholas has been on a mission to drive equity and opportunity in the ever-advancing technology landscape by unlocking the untapped potential of individuals, uplifting communities, and meeting the needs of employers through rigorous tech training. By teaming up with dynamic employer partners, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, we’re forging inclusive tech talent pipelines, fulfilling an ever-increasing need for skilled talent. With national remote training and campuses in 20+ cities and counting, Per Scholas offers no-cost training programs in the most sought-after tech skills, spanning Cloud, Cybersecurity, Data Engineering, IT Support, Software Engineering, and more. To date, 25,000+ individuals have been trained through Per Scholas, propelling their professional trajectories into high-growth tech careers with salaries three times higher than their pre-training earnings. At Per Scholas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging aren’t just buzzwords—they’re in our DNA. 85+ percent of our learners are people of color, two in five are women, and more than half hold a high school diploma as their highest educational credential. Learn more by visiting and follow us on LinkedIn, X/Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

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