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Samantha is an entrepreneur and self-taught software developer who is passionate about using technology to make the world a better place. As an early Product Marketing Manager at Google, Samantha led cross-functional teams and marketing campaigns that delivered millions of users to Google products. She also founded two internet startups and led growth campaigns for technology startup Gnip. Samantha enjoys promoting women in leadership and serves as Board President for Stanford Cap and Gown, the university’s oldest organization of women leaders, and leads a committee for The Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula. She believes that computer science should be as central to the American high school curriculum as mathematics and feels fortunate to be working toward that goal with Technovation. Samantha holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University.
Citlali Gonzales (firstname.lastname@example.org), Western Regional Director, Technovation Challenge
As a young girl Citlali aspired to be an OBGYN or Marine Biologist but went through an educational system that didn’t support young women of color to pursue careers that challenged stereotypes. Despite not having mentors, school support, or the academic preparation to pursue her goals of entering the STEM field, Citlali graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Sociology and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Citlali went on to receive her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and school counseling credential from the University of San Francisco. The Jesuit values of competence, conscience and compassion instilled through her education continue to influence Citlali’s life mission of helping others. She utilized her experiences as a first-generation college graduate to help hundreds of other first generation college bound students access higher education during her time as a college guidance counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area. She brings a passion to everything she does and works tirelessly to reform the experiences and opportunities that are afforded to underserved students and families. As a LA Marathon runner, Citlali understands hard work and what it takes to cross the finish line when it comes to running and helping children reach their goals.
Jenna Blanton (email@example.com), Eastern Regional Director, Technovation Challenge
Jenna Blanton has a track record for empowering the lives of young people through science education. Previous to her time at Iridescent she served an AmeriCorps VISTA at the California Conservation Corps (CCC). In her position at the CCC she enhanced the agencies capacity to educate thousands of underserved young adults. Since 2010 Jenna has led the Iridescent Science Studio in South LA and has had a deep commitment to providing programming for underrepresented communities. In 2011 she led the Technovation Challenge scale up to Los Angeles. Jenna earned her B.S. In Environmental Science and B.A in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.
Growing up, Judy has always loved math, science, and technology. With the help of great teachers and family, she went on to earn a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After working for a few years in the Bay Area as an engineer, Judy noticed that women were underrepresented in the technology industry. A staunch feminist and STEM supporter, Technovation and Judy found each other at just the right time. She wants to give all girls the opportunity to explore careers in STEM and to see themselves as innovators of today and tomorrow.
Thank you for helping us bring Technovation to girls all around the world.
We started in 2010 and would not have come so far without the help of brave souls, pioneers, who jumped in wholeheartedly.
AnnaLise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Studio Art from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and a California teaching credential. AnnaLise taught elementary school before joining Iridescent in 2010. Over the past two and a half years, she has worked to grow Iridescent’s Technovation program from 43 girls to 520 nationwide. AnnaLise is passionate about empowering young people with the skills, tools and confidence to make a difference in the world.
Angélica applies her research background in anthropology, ecology, and psychology to bridge corporations, pre-K-12 classrooms, and higher education. She first explored STEM as an educational concept through a NSF Graduate K-12 fellowship. She enjoys project management and in a previous job delivered fast-paced assignments for Wall Street and life science executives.
Tahani earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an M.S. in Chemistry from UC Los Angeles. Her background equips her with the necessary skills to plan strategically, while being able to adapt to new project directions. Tahani found her passion for outreach during her undergraduate career as she was involved with Society of Women Engineers’ outreach programs. She brought her passion to Iridescent during an internship when she was a Materials Creation Training Program Fellow (an NSF funded fellowship). Since then, she has filled the position of the Director of Educational Technology where she has helped expand Technovation Challenge to Boston, MA for the first time and establish a new Iridescent program, called Family Computer Science.
Bryan is a social entrepreneur, writer, engineer, etc., trying to create good, meaningful, innovative things that help people. He has been involved in startup companies in fields ranging from biochemical engineering to web art networks to networked medicine. He joined Iridescent to help develop the Technovation Challenge and turn it into a national program. He then moved to the Bronx to start the Iridescent Science Studio and develop a pipeline of interactive science/engineering education programs for underserved students there. He is taking a break from his recent social entrepreneurship work to go to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in the hopes of gaining more skills that are useful to people in need. He has an ever-widening interest in social innovation and hopes to put a dent in the world.
Catherine Adriano (2011-2012)
Jeri Countryman (2010-2012)
Erika Allison (2010-2011)
Jennifer Hsu (2010-2011)