Maria del Mar Velez

Founder & CEO

Crack The Code

Maria studied Economics and Business at New York University and minored in French. During her studies, she worked at Peruvian Development Group, a NY-based Peru-focused private equity fund, in the acquisition of a microfinance company in Puno, Peru. After graduating from college, she worked for 5 years as an Analyst and an Associate at JP Morgan in the Asset Management & Alternative Investment groups. Maria then moved to Lima, Peru and founded Crack The Code, a Computer Science school for kids and teenagers. Since then, the firm has had over 13,000 students in the in-person and online formats from over 20 different countries. In April 2022, Maria was appointed as Board Director of Innova Schools, one of the biggest K-12 school groups in Hispanic-Latin America.