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I’m a Platform Support Engineer at Heroku by day and a passionate career advocate for women in STEM by night!

I graduated from Hackbright Academy and studied economics at Mills College, a women’s college in Oakland. My career transition to tech from a background in the social sciences completely transformed my life, and I’ve strived to pay it forward ever since.

Along the way, I discovered my love of teaching while serving as a Software Engineering Instructor at Girls Who Code and Techtonica. I’ve mentored students in Hackbright’s programs and am active in the Python community.

My proximity to other women who are just starting careers in tech—plus my own 2-year career transition from real estate analyst to coding bootcamp grad to software engineering instructor to software engineer—has allowed me to deeply understand the emotional, job hunting and work place challenges new and early-career engineers face.

I founded Empowered Engineers to ensure that resources are available for driven software engineers who want to make the most out of their early opportunities.

I’m a tennis player, fiber & textile artist, tea snob and lifelong Californian.