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Tech Leadership and Diversity

I am passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in computer science (CS) education and the tech world. I worked in tech for several years before I got my CS degree, and my degree is not from a top-50 CS school. I immigrated to the United States with my family in 2002, and have experienced firsthand what it means to be an outsider in an industry where who you know and where you studied plays an important role. As a volunteer CS instructor in a coding program in San Quentin State Prison in California, I saw how smart people who are capable of being good software engineers can be unjustly marginalized and excluded from employment opportunities because of their past mistakes.

This motivated me to work towards making tech companies more diverse in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and any other factor that is currently used to distinguish the "in group" from the "out group". I've participated in several redesigns of hiring processes and promotion ladders.

I help companies design hiring and promotion processes that put diversity first without lowering the technical quality bar or compromising on candidate quality.