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 200+ companies today and is recognized as a model for high-wage, knowledge based economic development.

  • Kristen Pappalardo

    Operations Manager
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    Kristen plays a key role with managing the Flagships and Corridor events. With a background in Communication and Public Relations, Kristen enjoys event planning, social media management, and making sure all ducks are in a row.

  • 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.

  • Eileen Burkhardt

    Program Coordinator
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    Eileen supports the Charleston Digital Corridor's growth with a focus on programming, process optimization and membership cultivation. She brings a background in nonprofit management, customer service and community outreach. Originally from Colorado, Eileen attended Elon University in North Carolina and has been a Charleston resident since 2013. She is an advocate for experiential education, avid traveler and dog lover.