Michelle Glauser

Michelle Glauser (she/her), Founder and CEO

Since becoming a software engineer in 2012, she's worked for a better, more diverse software industry by organizing support groups, meetups, workshops, and the #ILookLikeAnEngineer ad campaign. Michelle's experience working in tech and volunteering in the community in San Francisco revealed two glaring issues: lack of diversity on tech teams and high income disparity. Techtonica is her vision to help tech companies and people who need more opportunities thrive together.

Amanda Rice (she/her),
Partnerships Manager

Amanda started her professional career as a field organizer for political campaigns and quickly realized she enjoyed mobilizing people and supporting initiatives that uplifted the marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Amanda has spent several years doing just that as a city planner and corporate fundraiser. Amanda’s mission is to open doors and make room at tables, once out of reach for people like her. Outside of work, Amanda serves on the board of two local nonprofits in Greenville, South Carolina, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Amanda is excited to be in a space that speaks to her personal mission and is ready to continue to build upon the inclusive tech ecosystem at Techtonica.

Amanda Rice
Daaimah Tibrey

Daaimah Tibrey (she/her),
Software Training Engineering Manager (STEM)

Prior to tech, Daaimah was in the nonprofit industry in program management and grant writing. In that role, she supported equity and inclusion through public policy education as well as training persons with disabilities on how to secure competitive work. Following completion of the Techtonica program in 2019, she began working at SurveyMonkey (MomentiveAI) as a Software Engineer. She is now marrying her previous and newfound skillsets to advocate for mindful accommodations, training access, and new pathways to entry for underrepresented intersectionalities in the tech space. For kicks, she enjoys hitting the trails with her two children as well as continuous science and anthropology learning.

Cristina Rodriguez (she/her),
Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Before changing her career, Cristina had over 12 years of experience in communications, managing strategies and contacts with the press for big companies, and developing public events. In 2017 she decided to change her path from communications to software engineering. And in 2018, she decided to focus her career in mobile development. Cristina likes the problem-solving aspect of being a software engineer, and she enjoys using all her research skills to find the answer to any new challenge in the development of a project. She is passionate about building projects from scratch in React Native and publishing apps to IOs and Android. She is looking forward to bring to the table her detail-oriented project management and programming skillset.

Cristina Rodriguez
Joy Sau

Joy Sau (she/her),
Administrative Assistant

Joy has a background in project management and health. She is passionate about mental health and general well–being, and believes everyone deserves a chance to showcase their skills and talents. Having worked with different nonprofits, Joy has enjoyed helping processes flow smoothly by conducting research, writing reports and summaries, collaborating remotely, providing customer care, and doing other project-related tasks. Working with Techtonica has given her a platform to make many lives better.

Board Members

Alexandria Spiva

Alexandria has worked in tech for 13 years — at Yahoo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Airbnb, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and currently Lyft. Alexandria has carried roles of Recruiter + D&I thought leader to elevate programs and partnerships, along with re-designing approaches to hiring. Beyond her day-to-day, she does her knowledge-sharing through think tank sessions with various non-profits and panels such as Black Girls Code, Grace Hopper Conference, and Expat Women. She is passionate about diversity engagement and community building.

Annie Tsai

Annie Tsai is the Chief Operating Officer at Interact, a SaaS marketing software company, and part-time Venture Partner at The House Fund. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (2001 — Go Bears!), Annie has 20+ years in building, growing, and leading a variety of functions across the non-technology side of the house at software companies in the US, EMEA, and APAC. Annie's passions include lifting up working mothers, ensuring the products are built by people who look like their customers, investing in improving public education, and ensuring every child has a safe place to sleep at night. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two children, and pup.

Sheila Jambekar

Sheila is an experienced product and privacy attorney working at the intersection of privacy, law, and technology. Though her current focus as Chief Privacy Officer at Plaid is on privacy and data ethics, her experience at Twilio Inc. and Zynga Inc. has allowed her to develop as a utility player, at various points overseeing and building teams to manage product counseling, litigation, public policy, compliance, regulatory, and law enforcement response functions. Sheila is passionate about fostering a tech industry that is inclusive and making sure the opportunities it affords are open to people of diverse backgrounds. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cross-country skiing, and hiking with her pup in the mountains.

Krys Flores

Krys is a Staff Software Engineer at Carta, an ownership and equity management platform. She is committed to increasing the number of female and Latinx computer programmers. Krys does this by giving technical talks and volunteering. In her talks, she seeks to give a face to those who are not usually represented amongst conference speakers. She believes the more you see, the more there will be. Krys is also a huge advocate of equal opportunities in the workforce, especially equal pay. In 2019 she was featured in the #NothingLess Micro Documentary by Hired. In 2018, she gave the talk “Applying Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In principles in technology” as part of the Visionary Voices program. Learn more at her website:

Monikka de la Zerda

Monikka has 20 years of software experience and spent most of her career in clean, renewable energy projects. Her past positions include engineering at Stem, Apple, and as VP of Software for UniGen Resources. In her time at UniGen, the California Energy Commission funded them to prototype an analytics-based control system to increase renewable integration, which they successfully completed and demonstrated for the Department of Energy. Monikka co-founded her own company, Astrus, a platform for building 3D virtual spaces for artists and communities. She has worked with numerous D&I tech non-profits throughout the years supporting underrepresented groups in tech through mentorship and education.

Fifteen participants, mostly women, gathered after a workshop.

The Techtonica Squad includes software engineers, community volunteers and leaders, non-profit and startup founders, teachers, curriculum development specialists, venture capitalists, and social impact strategists.

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