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.
Erin Allard is Techtonica’s software engineering instructor and a Bay Area native who grew up in a working-class family. She earned her BA Economics from Mills College in Oakland, the oldest women’s college west of the Mississippi, and her MS International Real Estate from FIU in Miami. Feeling empowered to make a career switch, she graduated from Hackbright Academy’s software engineering fellowship and became an instructor for Girls Who Code. In addition to now teaching life-changing tech skills to Techtonica’s apprentices, she and her wife co-host a podcast for women in tech called WITtalks.
Alison Boden is a technology executive with over 10 years of experience in software engineering and product development. As the VP of Technology at CNE Media, she leads a diverse team building robust, scalable web applications used by millions of people. Alison is a passionate advocate for improving access to technology education in underserved communities.
Ariana is a marketing executive with over 10 years of experience of driving brand and marketing strategy. With a background in personal finance and online education, Ariana has a unique understanding of how access to education can lead to better outcomes for the individual, their family and the community. She served as VP of Brand Marketing for the largest online University, University of Phoenix. Today at NerdWallet, Ariana is ensuring that all consumers have the tools, education and resources to make personal financial decisions with confidence.
Claire is the Senior Director of Product at Optimizely. Previously, she was the CEO and co-founder of Experiment Engine, a platform for teams to manage and scale their testing programs, which was acquired by Optimizely in 2017. Prior to founding Experiment Engine, Claire led Product Management & User Experience teams at several eCommerce and technology companies, most recently Electronic Arts. Recently relocated to San Francisco from Austin, Texas, she is a University of Texas graduate and passionate advocate for women in technology.
Jessica Ingrassellino works as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Salesforce.org on the QA team. In 2016, her book, Python Projects for Kids, was published, and in 2015, she earned her Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. She is also the Project Leader for the OWASP Learning Gateway, the founder of TeachCode.org, and the teacher of a Python class for the Kids and Teens College and a workforce development program for veterans and persons with disabilities.
Jordan Ricardo believes when there is access to opportunity, passion is the most important constant behind success. Previously, Jordan led Data Science recruiting for Galvanize, a technology accelerator, and prior led global talent acquisition for Gild, a technical recruiting platform based on merit. He is currently Head of Talent for Instrumental, a start-up solving manufacturing delays with machine learning.
Kimberly Munoz is a web developer and community event organizer. For the past five years, she has facilitated events for women and non-binary makers, Latinx tech workers, college alumni and progressive community organizers in addition to working as a developer for startups, non-profits and political campaigns. She is currently a developer at Slack and lives in Oakland with her husband and dogs.
Lauren Saine is a telecommunications law and policy analyst with more than ten years of experience advising public policy decision makers. She served as a legislative budget analyst for the Colorado Legislature's Joint Budget Committee and as confidential advisor for Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon at the California Public Utilities Commission. Most recently, she drafted the model San Francisco Internet Franchise ordinance for independent ISP Webpass. She is currently developing an online publishing house for local artists and writers.
Nichole is a marketing specialist with over 7 years of experience in digital and brand marketing strategy. With a background in advertising and a passion for education, she has worked with many non-profits across the nation to help bring about change and diversity in various industries. Today she can be found in Chicago, Illinois working for K&J Marketing and cheering on the Chicago Bulls!
Sumayyah Emeh-Edu is a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist that resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years professional experience leading various initiatives within higher education and corporate sectors; focused primarily on diversity, career and professional development. In that time, she has successfully organized Tech Inclusion SF 15, Ability in Tech, the Better Man Conference, as well as managed learning programs with clients such as Oracle, Kaiser Permanente, PG&E, Asana, and Aetna.
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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