Meet Our Team

The Charleston Digital Corridor is highly collaborative organization with advisors hailing from the Charleston tech community and beyond. This allows us to stay lean, relevant and highly responsive to the dynamic needs of our tech community. We believe in community-sourced intelligence as the preferred way to operate.


  • Ernest Andrade

    Ernest Andrade

    Executive Director
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    Ernest is the visionary, founder and Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor.Under his leadership, the Digital Corridor has grown from 18 companies to 100+ companies today and is recognized as a model for high-wage, knowledge based economic development.

  • Joe Bryan

    Joe Bryan

    Technical Director
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    Joe serves a consultative role as Technical Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation advising and/or managing all aspects of their IT services & web properties, CODEcamp & CODEshow content, and the development of two SaaS apps the CDCF licenses to other communities.

  • Alexandra Castelli

    Alexandra Castelli

    CODEcamp Coordinator
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    Alex, who started at CODEcamp as an intern with limited development experience, now coordinates all aspects CODEcamp. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in Computer Science. Alex is currently a Junior Quality Assurance Engineer at Qonceptual.

  • Kristen Pappalardo

    Operations Coordinator
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    Kristen plays a key role with managing the Flagships and Corridor events. She comes to Charleston by way of the Washington, DC area and is a graduate of Radford University with a degree in Communication and Public Relations.

  • Karen Warner

    Manager, Beaufort Digital Corridor
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    Karen recently relocated to Beaufort from Boston and brings a wealth of diverse experience to her role as manager of the BDC. She is anxious to help position her community as a destination for tech and knowledge-based companies. Karen is supported in new role by the seasoned team of professionals at the Charleston Digital Corridor.

  • Ellie Reynolds

    Ellie Reynolds

    Administrative Assistant
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    Ellie manages the Flagship2 business incubator and assists residents as needed. She is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Trident Tech with a degree in Marketing.