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.
Karla Sandoval is Techtonica's Apprenticeship Program Facilitator and a Bay Area resident who grew up in a working-class family. She earned her BA Cultural Anthropology from UCSC in Santa Cruz. Feeling empowered to make a career switch, she graduated from Tradecraft and the Rails Girls Summer of Code software engineering fellowship. Karla has worked as a web developer in Germany and in the Bay Area. For the last two years she's facilitated Algorithm and Interview Prep Nights and co-hosted Ruby Tuesday. She's actively involved in tech inclusion movements like Techqueria and RailsBridge.
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.
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.
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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