I'm passionate about equality. Right now, I'm focused on increasing diversity in the tech industry and finding ways to create safer, more inclusive environments once we enter the workforce.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in computer science and gender studies. This unique intersection gave me the vocabulary to understand and explain why diversity is crucial, why we should not accept less than equal, and how this problem is systemic.
While at Penn, I worked hard to introduce diverse populations to STEM. In creating Tech It Out Philly, I brought high school students into the university weekly to learn how to code and encourage critical thinking. You can read more about this effort here and a longer analysis here. Tech It Out Philly has served hundreds of local Philly high schoolers, and is now in its third year.
I also worked to establish FemmeHacks, Philly's first all-women collegiate hackathon. FemmeHacks aims to create a welcoming environment for hackers, allowing thousands of women to explore their passion for tech by hacking on web, mobile, and hardware apps to create projects from scratch. In 2017, I was manstructed (a term I just made up for when a man instructs you do something without any authority) to include men in our all women hackathon. I wrote about that experience here.
Since Penn, I have been working as a software engineer at Apple. I have worked as a full-stack engineer on the Apple CDN team, as well as an Engineering Project Manager for the Today at Apple team. I moved to London for six months for work, was privileged enough to travel much of Europe, and read a lot. I'm now back in San Francisco, making the long commute down to the Apple campus in the South Bay. In my free time, I enjoy print-making, particularly screen-printing, and trying to piece together meals from whatever's left in the fridge.