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Alessandra Affinito πŸ‘ Saint Paul Public Library, George Latimer Central Branch β€” Youth Services Manager

Alessandra Affinito is the Youth Services Manager at the Saint Paul Public Library, George Latimer Central Branch. Previously, she spent seven years as a Children's Librarian at the Chatham Square branch of the New York Public Library in Chinatown. She's especially passionate about innovative STEAM projects, language learning, and science fiction graphic novels! When she's not at the library you can probably find her playing an overly complicated board game, or swinging from the ceiling on aerial silks.

Eve Ahearn πŸ‘ Etsy β€” Senior Product Manager

Hello! I am a Senior Product Manager at Etsy, working on internationalization and localization. I am a data enthusiast and studied the intersection of privacy and open data at the Oxford Internet Institute. I'm far from a software engineer but enjoy coding for fun and feel lucky to have spent time at The Recurse Center programming retreat in Brooklyn. I grew up in NYC.

Taiyaba Ali πŸ‘ Vanguard β€” FP&A Associate, Marketing

Taiyaba Ali is as an Associate of Financial Planning & Analysis supporting the Marketing divisions within Vanguard. She is passionate about technological improvements to create change, and using data to create a story. Throughout the roles she has held, she has been able to use data to drive process improvements, a joy which has inspires her to help others use digital innovation as a tool. She has a degree in Accounting from the University of Richmond.

Darrin Amellio πŸ‘ Publicis Sapient β€” Creative Lead Experience Design

Hello. I'm a curious creative, mentor, leader, innovator, design thinker and doer β€” with focus on UX, UI and Design Strategy in product design. The outcome is often telling brand stories through the intersection of design, culture, and technology.

Dipali Aphale πŸ‘ IBM β€” Design Strategist (UX, Strategy, Product, Facilitation))

My mission is to empower our society by designing experiences that are equitable and enjoyable. I thrive on cultural diversity as a catalyst for growth and enjoy collaborating with others. The "emerging" and "alternative" spheres of society excite me just as much as the analytical ones. My work spans between UX, growth, product, brand, and research. Ultimately, I would like to drive positive change for under-resourced communities through thoughtful and inclusive projects.

Miguel Asse πŸ‘ Google β€” Product and Business Strategy Lead, Analytics

I work at Google Cloud within Google and focus on building out data infrastructure and analyses for product analytics.

I graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Finance and minors in Sustainability and Entrepreneurship. I'm certified as a Data Analyst in Python, have extensive SQL experience and I'm currently studying for my Masters in Analytics at Georgia Tech.

Joshen Ayukawa πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Program Coordinator, Design League DIIT

Joshen began his career at the YMCA of Greater New York, delivering leadership, civic engagement, and STEM based programming to Middle School and High School aged youth. He is passionate about providing youth with opportunities to create a brighter future for themselves. Outside of work, you can find Joshen binge-listening to podcasts or chasing after his fluff-ball pet chinchilla!

Robert Bertagna πŸ‘ RIA in a Box β€” Product Manager

Robert is a Product Manager for RIA in a Box where he leads key new product developments and enhancements for their industry leading financial compliance software. Before that, Robert graduated from Harvard College in 2020 with a degree in Applied Math and Economics with a secondary degree in Computer Science. In his free time, Robert loves to adventure, play sports, and discuss his favorite television shows.

Rae Blumenthal πŸ‘ Meta β€” Program Manager

Rae Blumenthal started her career at the United Nations in community-based development strategy and now works on Trust & Safety in the tech industry. She leads Meta’s risk mitigation and management strategy as a Program Manager, focusing on support for vulnerable populations, crisis response, and the company strategy for the severe real world harms facing the 3.5 billion users across Facebook and Instagram. Outside of work, she loves hiking, traveling, and exploring the Bay Area.

Corinne Brenner πŸ‘ Killer Snails β€” Director of Learning

Corinne Brenner is the Director of Learning for Killer Snails, where she contributes theoretical knowledge about learning sciences to design and research interactive media for education. She is a PhD candidate in Educational Communication and Technology at NYU, where she researches the effectiveness of educational games and virtual environments. She received her BA in Psychology from Cornell University, and MSc in Social Psychology from the University of Amsterdam.

Gemelli BriceΓ±o πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Program Coordinator, Design League DIIT

Gemelli is passionate for curriculum development and is currently enrolled in SUNY Albany Master’s Program for Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology.

Will Brown πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Instructional Design Director

Will is passionate about providing all students with the opportunity to experience computer science education and believes that the best way to do that is by giving more educators the experience and tools to introduce their students to meaningful technology.

Outside of work, Will is happy to talk your ear off about his cat Colbie, the New York Islanders, Jurassic Park, and anything related to Japanese history and culture.

Jonah Brucker-Cohen πŸ‘ Lehman College / City University of New York β€” Associate Professor

Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Lehman College. His work challenges accepted perceptions of network experience and has been exhibited globally. His artworks, β€œBumplist” and β€œAmerica’s Got No Talent” are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. His Scrapyard Challenge workshops have been held in over 17 countries in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Australia since 2003.

Raquel Burroughs πŸ‘ Hypergiant β€” Lead Research Designer

Hi, I''m Raquel - I'm a design researcher in Austin, TX. I’ve had an almost simple life. I was born in Texas and raised in Mexico City, Houston and Austin. As a kid I loved drawing and reading - I even wrote stories on the family typewriter! I found my love for technology after getting our first home computer and eventually got my degree in Digital Design. Thereafter, I taught myself how to code and have been working in UXD since 2012. In my free time I enjoy yoga, film, traveling, and food!

Lauren Capelluto πŸ‘ AWS β€” Software Engineer

Lauren is a software engineer focused on writing compilers for quantum computers. She graduated with a double major in Physics and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. When she's not working, she loves to be active with friends: climbing, horseback riding, running and yoga are among her favorite activities.

Vanessa Carrasco πŸ‘ Parkchester Library, NYPL β€” Young Adult Library Trainee

Vanessa Carrasco (she/her, they/them) is a Young Adult Library Trainee who loves to find out different ways to use what exists to create more interesting possibilities, from programs about making video games online, to taking recyclables and turning them into planters. Vanessa loves cats, chocolate and knitting and is excited to see what creative ideas come from your Emoti-con projects!

Michael Carroll πŸ‘ Baton Technologies β€” Head of Product

Michael is the Head of Product at Baton Technologies. Baton specializes in improving and scaling software implementations through software as a service. In the past, he was working in product and data roles in finance, logistics, and insurance. He is from Cleveland, OH and graduated from Carnegie Mellon.

Eugene Cherish πŸ‘ ArcherPoint β€” IT Infrastructure Support

I'm passionate about technology, cybersecurity, and learning about AI. I work with cloud technologies and educate the people that I work with about emerging threats and how we can all do our part to help mitigate them. I love to build custom gaming PC's and tinker with home automations.

Yuet Chu πŸ‘ NYC Department of Education β€” Executive Director of Support - ACCESS

An educator for more than 25 years, I currently lead a team that provides academic and organizational supports to NYC’s alternative schools and programs. Prior to this role, I did similar work in Manhattan, as well as a citywide network of schools. My first love will always be School of the Future where I taught math and science, then served as middle school director.

Sarah Crotty πŸ‘ Vida Health β€” Product Manager, Onboarding & Mental Health

Sarah is a product manager in the Healthcare Tech industry, currently working at Vida Health leading both the New Member Experience and Mental Health product teams. She is originally from Chicago, went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and currently lives in San Francisco. In her free time, she likes to ski, hike at National Parks and travel.

Alexa Curtis πŸ‘ Verizon β€” Executive Director, Experience Design

Alexa Curtis currently leads a global design team at Verizon responsible for millions of digital customer and agent interactions with every month. She understands the complexities of design at scale for a business that moves at light-speed.

Prior to joining Verizon, Alexa had the pleasure of consulting with companies like EY, PwC, TD Ameritrade, Disney, ESPN, USA Today, Amex and others to define, build, and evolve strategic digital products and platforms.

Kathleen Dolan πŸ‘ Accenture Strategy Consulting β€” Director

Kathleen Dolan is a Director in Accenture’s Strategy Consulting practice where she provides technology-driven strategy consulting expertise to a variety of the largest national and global communications, media, and technology companies. Ms. Dolan serves as the Vice President of the Mouse Associate Board.

Saul Einbinder πŸ‘ Several Universities β€” Technology Lecturer

Saul lectures at the Lifelong Learning programs of Tufts, Rutgers, and RIT since retiring in 2020. Previously he held senior technology, business, and strategy roles at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, uReach Technologies and Spirent Communications. After a career in computer and communications systems he created the Demystify Technology series to bridge the gap between media hype and reality, covering topics such as AI, driverless cars, private space exploration and CRISPR gene editing.

Caroline Espinal πŸ‘ Caroissant, NERD Escapes β€” Freelance Illustrator (Caroissant), Manager (NERD Escapes)

Caroline Espinal is a Dominican-American freelance Character Designer and Digital Artist born and raised in the Bronx, NYC! Caroline received her A.S. in Media and Digital Film Production from Bronx Community College and is a proud alum of Mouse Design league. Since then, she’s been an artist for an online ttrpg gaming community, producing Illustrations for various Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and a manager at NERD Escape Room Raleigh, building and designing fun interactive tech puzzles!

Amelia Forrest πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Finance & Operations Manager

Amelia graduated from Queens College in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics with a minor in Accounting. On her days off she likes to explore New York City and search for amazing food spots.

Brettney Fountain πŸ‘ IBM β€” UX Designer | Strategist

Brettney Fountain is a Garage Designer in IBM's Client Engineering. Her actual scope of responsibility is to deliver a unique client co-creation experience to accelerate client technological transformation. Inside and outside her virtual office in Saint Augustine, FL., Brettney embraces any opportunity to create intuitive and meaningful experiences with her colleagues, friends, and family.

Cora Foxx πŸ‘ Google β€” Lead UXD on Spaces

Cora is a creative lead with more than 10 years of experience designing consumer-facing, education, and enterprise digital products, as well as content, and branding. Currently she is the interaction design lead of Spaces, Google's product for chat and collaboration.

Kim Francisco πŸ‘ Dutchie β€” East Coast - Implementation - Custom Ecommerce

Former Mouse Corps (Design League) alumni, Kim Francisco is first-generation American, queer and currently works at Dutchie as an implementation guru for the East Coast.

Susan Futerman πŸ‘ Accenture β€” Strategy Manager

Suzy is a Strategy Manager in Accenture Strategy's Customer, Sales, and Service practice. Her background is in customer experience strategy, contact center / service strategy, marketing strategy, and digital product roll outs including AI-powered transformation. Suzy graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Minor in French, and Entrepreneurship and Management.

Steffi Gogoi πŸ‘ ADP β€” Senior UX Designer

I am Steffi Gogoi, a UX / Product Designer. Currently, I am working as a Senior UX Designer at ADP. I graduated with a master’s in Human-Computer Interaction from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. I have had a penchant for art since childhood. What began as pencil sketches, canvases, portraits, writing, craftwork, and dance went on to become an interest in design, technology, and manner of communication that came with it, shaping me along the way.

Jenny Gray πŸ‘ Power Home Remodeling β€” Vice President of Application Development and Infrastructure

IT Professional with over 15 years of experience leading business and technology teams through the planning, design, development and management of large scale, enterprise applications and product development.

Marie Hamlett πŸ‘ Bronx Excellence Charter β€” Virtual Teacher

Marie Hamlett is passionate about leadership development, bringing over 10 years of experience educating middle-schoolers and supporting instructional leaders. Marie currently teaches math, science and technology integration virtually. Prior to returning to the classroom this year she served as an Instructional Technology Coach where she blends her love for technology in the classroom with her experience supporting student learning to empower teachers to innovate and spark meaningful change.

Marc Hayem πŸ‘ InsideBoard β€” Country Manager

I am an electrical engineer and have worked for hi-tech companies all my career, mostly software companies. Currently, I lead the US operations for a European software startup. I live in New York City.

Jessica Hochman πŸ‘ Temple University β€” We Need 2 Talk & The Equity & Disproportionality Lab

Jessica Hochman, PhD, has 20 years of experience working as a teacher, professor, researcher, and consultant. She is one half of We Need 2 Talk, an educational partnership that facilitates critical conversations about race. Jessica also works for the Equity and Disproportionality Lab at Temple University. She has taught workshops and courses, and facilitated professional development programming in addition to publishing articles and book chapters on technology, literacy, and identity.

Jesse Horton πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Instructional Design Manager

Since his time as a tutor, Jesse has held various roles in non-profit tutoring organizations. He is passionate about closing the opportunity gap and providing high-quality education opportunities for all students.

Sariyah Idan πŸ‘ Pockets Change β€” Teaching Artist

Sariyah Idan is an internationally touring performing artist and educator. Recognized for her solo theater show β€œHomeless In Homeland” about Jewish identity and the occupation of Palestine, awarded by the LA Women’s Theater Festival and highlighted by the ONE Festival NYC. As a music artist she has rocked iconic venues like The Kennedy Center, The Skirball Cultural Center, and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She is an educator with Pockets Change teaching financial resilience through hip hop culture.

Olivia Ing πŸ‘ Playspaces β€” Founder, CEO

Olivia Ing is an entrepreneur, a designer and a creative strategist whose work spans at the intersection of technology and creativity. She is currently the founder of Playspaces, a platform aimed to cultivate the next generation of creators through hands-on collaborative learning experiences.

Sylvester Jackson πŸ‘ Verizon Telecommunications β€” Technical Trouble Resolution Account Manager

Sylvester Jackson is a motivational speaker, consultant, and film maker who values dedication, service and excellence. Sylvester brings unique perspectives gained from his life experience and creative career in technology, film making and photography, sharing with you how all of us are under evaluating our untapped potential Using real-world examples, Sylvester sheds light on how the invaluable talent each person brings to your organization can positively impact your mission.

Danny Jimenez πŸ‘ New York Public Library β€” Library Technical Assistant III

Danny Jimenez is a Library Technical Assistant III at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He was a New York Comic Con 2021 Panelist for "The Future Is Mobile: Leveraging Digital Media for Libraries & Classrooms" Panel. His short story, Like An Old Tree, was published in the Anthology "Ni de aquΓ­, Ni de allΓ‘: A multi-perspective account of the Dominican diasporic experience". He’s now serving his third year as a judge in Emoti-Con and seeks to improve literacy around the world!

Aurelia Kare πŸ‘ Capital One β€” Senior UX Designer

Aurelia is a NYC-based UX designer, currently at Capital One Bank. After pivoting from a long career in graphic design, she currently uses her experience to work in the space where technology and humans meet. Aurelia is an enthusiastic champion for: the thrill of collaboration, the challenge of aligning stakeholder & user goals, data-driven problem solving and most importantly, leveraging design for social and environmental change.

Stewart Katz πŸ‘ Verizon β€” Director, Innovation & New Product Launches

Stew Katz has been a Director of Innovation at Verizon since fall 2019. He stood up a team whose mission is to find customer and business pain points, and match them up with startups and other technology partners to form pilots. His team works across channels and focuses on improving the customer experience. Stew comes to Verizon from Warner Music Group where he headed up a Product Design and Innovation group for several years. Prior to that, he ran User Experience at Digitas NYC.

Rucha Khanolkar πŸ‘ Publicis Sapient β€” User Experience Designer

Hi! I'm a User Experience Designer who is interested in sustainable and ethical design practices.

Chloe Koo πŸ‘ Samsung Electronics β€” UX Design Lead

Chloe is a New York-based UX designer with over ten years of experience from diverse industries such as the Amazon ecosystem, an AI-based IBM Watson imaging viewers, and designing enterprise-level digital platforms and services from visually impaired children to adult financial experts.

David Kozatch πŸ‘ WorkMarket an ADP Company β€” UX Research Lead

An experienced UX and brand researcher with a proven track record of achieving actionable results for Fortune100 and startup technology companies. David's early UX research was integral in successful online launches for Google, HBO, Verizon, and Absolut Vodka. Later, his work for clients like Citi, FedEx, Samsung, and Globant have helped these companies build better experiences online and off.

Krysta Kucinski πŸ‘ Lightyear Health β€” Director of Technical Recruitment

Krysta has over 8 years of experience in technical recruitment. Most recently she has worked in-house at health-tech startups, helping these organizations to scale rapidly. In her current role as Director of Technical Recruitment at Lightyear Health, Krysta is using data analytics to build recruitment strategies and drive results across teams.

In her free time, Krysta enjoys cooking or exploring all that her neighborhood, Astoria, has to offer alongside her micro-golden doodle pup, Maggie.

BiaSciLab L. πŸ‘ Girls Who Hack / Secure Open Vote β€” CEO

BiaSciLab is a 15 year old hacker. She was the youngest speaker at H.O.P.E. and has spoken multiple times at DEF CON and internationally on security. She received national attention when she hacked the election system at DEF CON 26, this was highlighted at a Congressional Hearing on Election Security, inspiring her to build her own election system, Secure Open Vote.

BiaSciLab is also the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Hack, teaching girls the skills of hacking so that they can change the future.

Saskia Leggett πŸ‘ Wix Education β€” Education Lead

As the Education Lead at Wix Education, Saskia Leggett designs personally meaningful learning experiences, creates community, and builds playful, equitable pathways for students, educators, and families to explore, experiment, and create with digital tools. Prior to Wix, Saskia designed learning experiences at the MIT Media Lab and led outreach at the Scratch Foundation.

Rigel Leonard πŸ‘ Manhattan Chamber of Commerce β€” Tech Specialist

I am a tech specialist who's worked in the IT field for over a decade. Just like many of the participants in the Emoti-Con event I too was able to experience a collective space through Mouse Corp when I was in high school, and to be able to learn and critique your projects is an honor and privilege to be a part of. I am looking forward to this, and wishing you all the best!

Eric Lewis πŸ‘ Power Home Remodeling β€” Engineer Of Things

Eric Lewis is the Engineer Of Things at Power Home Remodeling where he focuses on cyber security. He is also a Hacker, Programmer and Maker. Board member of DEFCON 610, a member of TOOOL, and 2600. When he is not breaking things, he likes to teach others programming, fixing, hacking and other useful skills.

Larry Lieberman πŸ‘ Mouse β€” CEO

Larry is well known as a media executive and for his long-standing mental health advocacy work with the JED Foundation on behalf of high school and college students. He works to create strong communities with equal access to education, healthcare, clean energy, and professional opportunities.

During the evenings, you are likely to find Larry on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where he is Chairman of Caveat Media.

Christina Macchiarola πŸ‘ Microsoft β€” Marketing Communications Manager

Christina Macchiarola is a marketing and communications professional with experience in the arts, education, nonprofit, and tech sectors. She currently works in marketing for Microsoft, helping connect academic researchers to cloud computing solutions. Christina holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University's School of the Arts, and a BA in English Literature from the College at Columbia University.

Sarah Maldonado πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Program Manager, Design League DIIT

Sarah has continued to reinvent herself in the field of education – from formal math teacher, to informal environmental and outdoor educator, to natural history and science manager, to general after school director, to educational consultant. Her last metamorphosis led her to Mouse, coaching teachers as they teach students about technology and design. She has been guided through these changes by her identity as a strongly-opinionated woman who is systems-focused and a people-centered manager.

Eileen Marks DiFabio πŸ‘ NYCDOE β€” Instructional technology director

Eileen is Instructional Technology Director for Brooklyn North NYCDOE Borough Office, supporting 235 schools with developing a vision for technology and supporting educators with meaningful integration of technology to support instructional goals and student outcomes. She also serves as Chair of the Brooklyn North e-STEM committee, whose mission it is to build a culture of STEM across Brooklyn North schools.

Tess Mattimore πŸ‘ IBM β€” Consultant / Engagement Manager

Tess is a managing consultant in IBM’s iX. She has advised multiple Fortune 500 companies on digital transformation and user experience strategy in the oil & gas, electronics, and industrial products industries. Prior to joining IBM, she graduated from Skidmore College in May 2016 where she received a B.S in Management and Business.

Henry McKelvey πŸ‘ University of the Potomac β€” Adjunct Professor, Computer Science

My Name is Henry McKelvey; I am 56 years old, I have two Master's Degrees, one is in Information Systems and one is in cybersecurity. I am working on a D.Mgt-IS&T. It is proving to be hard work, but I am learning so much from the experience. I work for the University of the Potomac as an Adjunct Professor. I worked for the NAACP as a Dir. of IT Sec. I was a Sys-Eng. at AECOM. I worked as a Sr. Sys Eng. at Rockwell Collins. While working for Verizon Labs (2004-2009), I helped develop technology for which I received 14 Patents. My hobbies are Electronics Troubleshooting, Hacking (Maker/Hacker), Building Computers, Systems Automation, Old Tube Radio Restoration, and TV/Electronics Repair.

Perri Meeks πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Director of Programs

Perri has always maintained an interest in experiential learning and credits her high school experience at a progressive boarding school for this. She believes deeply in empowering youth and educators and is excited to be working with the Mouse team toward these goals.

Katherine Moriwaki πŸ‘ Parsons School of Design β€” Associate Professor of Media Design

Katherine Moriwaki is Associate Professor of Media Design in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Her work has been featured internationally in conferences, festivals, and museums around the world. Katherine is co-founder of the "Scrapyard Challenge" a workshop focused on creating electronic interactive objects out of found materials and junk. She is co-author of β€œFashion and Technology: a Guide to Materials and Applications” published by Fairchild/Bloomsbury.

Maggie Muldoon πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Senior Manager, Design League

Maggie has been working in some combination of education, design and creative technology for over 10 years. She absolutely loves working with students to conceive of, design, and build creative technical solutions to real world problems.

When Maggie is not being cool and awesome with NYC teenagers, she’s usually making other things like dog portraits, live paintings, music videos, and pie.

Claire NuΓ±ez πŸ‘ IBM β€” Lead Immersive Designer

Claire is the Lead Immersive Designer for the IBM Security Command Center. She works with clients to fine tune their incident response planning to a cyber crisis. Claire is a digital storyteller with experience working in video game design, app design, UX, graphic design, and video storytelling.

Ryan Ona πŸ‘ Accenture β€” Senior Manager, Talent & Organization

Ryan is a management consultant in Accenture’s Talent & Organization practice. He has over 15 years in corporate and consulting project leadership and operations roles. He is also an adjunct instructor at Stevens Institute of Technology in the innovation and entrepreneurship program. He served as an Officer in the US Navy for 5 years prior to joining the private sector. Ryan earned his MBA from Georgetown University and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Zainab Oni πŸ‘ J.P. Morgan β€” Senior Strategy Associate

I'm obsessed with problem-solving! I currently collaborate with senior leaders at J.P. Morgan to drive key strategic projects forward, business improvement / optimization, and mergers & acquisitions as a Senior Strategy Associate. Prior to that, I was solving problems for private equity firms and principals as a Financial Sponsors Analyst after graduation from the University of Virginia in 2018. I credit the Mouse Design League, as a former student, for nurturing my problem-solving abilities.

Amanda Perales πŸ‘ The Emoti-Con Steering Committee β€” Aluminati Member

Amanda is a key member of Emoti-Con's Steering Committee. When she was a high school student, Amanda presented her Mouse Design League projects at Emoti-Con several years in a row. Now, as an alum, she has returned to Emoti-Con to help design, plan, and lead it.

Reagan Porter πŸ‘ IBM β€” Design Strategist

I design the future state with insightful precision as an Experience Strategy Designer by translating Human-Computer interaction into mission-critical business value that maximizes delightful user experience globally. I design the new world.

Jackson Powell πŸ‘ Providence Healthcare β€” Sr. UX Designer

I'm a trained UX Designer in multiple disciplines (visual, interaction, research, strategy) who can deliver production-quality front-end code. I love to work on web-based or native mobile applications that users use to get something done...and delight them while doing it! I'm a systems thinker and empathizer with a knack for translating business needs into user-friendly interfaces. I'm an explorer and a Toys R Us kid, constantly learning about myself and the world I live in.

Joey Raiton πŸ‘ Meta β€” Education Modernization Team Head of Design

Joey focuses on strengthening his community and making a positive impact on society, especially for our world’s most important change-makers: learners. His current job working for the Meta Education Modernization Team gives him the opportunity to support this educational audience and many more individuals across the nation through its many programs and initiatives. Joey always encourages others to follow their passion, and he knows that leading by example will build a stronger world.

Kristina Rettig πŸ‘ Tinder β€” Sr. Product Manager, Z-Team

After about 9 years in the ad tech space, I segued into Product Management on both the advertising side and now for the Core App experience at Tinder. Throughout my Product Management career, I have had a passion for UX/UI, and have done everything from ideating new ad formats, building internal tools, and building unique shared mobile experiences.

Amanda Rodriguez πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Instructional Design Manager

Amanda started her journey in education in 2015 with various roles teaching in both formal and informal settings to a diverse audience of students. She is passionate about providing all students with the opportunity to experience computer science education, especially in the areas she grew up in the Bronx. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys going on adventures with her fur baby, Max.

Chelsea Rodriguez πŸ‘ Queens College β€” Computer Science Graduate

A first generation Latina who is a computer science graduate with a special interest in frontend development. Through the years as a student I have worked on many amazing projects such as creating an interactive BINGO website and have interned in an amazing technology company. On my free time you can catch me reading articles on the Medium or coming up with ideas for potential apps!

Doug Rohde πŸ‘ Google β€” Software Engineering Manager

Doug studied Computer Science as an undergrad at Princeton University and earned a PhD in Computer Science and Computational Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon. He now works as a software engineering manager at Google, trying to keep the search engine fast and reliable.

Jose Anthony Roman πŸ‘ Sikelia Production β€” Production assistant

Janthony Roman is a film writer/director. His work was featured in the Nosotros Ya Tu Sabes monologue slam, produced by NBC. His last film, Scarfaced made it into the HBO NYC Latino Film Festival. His latest film Burn, Baby, Burn is currently playing in festivals. He is in pre-production for his next set of shorts scheduled to film in 2022. He currently works for Martin Scorsese's Sikelia Productions as the production assistant to the post team, and personal assistant to Thelma Schoonmaker.

Kate Rosenbloom πŸ‘ 2U Inc. β€” Director of Instructional Design, 2U Boot Camps

Kate is the Director of Instructional Design in the Boot Camps division of online education provider, 2U. She oversees the development of intensive short courses that teach adults in-demand technology skills. She's worked at the intersection of media, tech and education for over 15 years and obsesses over the ways those things influence our culture--and how we can harness them for good! Before working at 2U, Kate was lucky enough to geek out on this stuff with fellow nerds at Mouse, the San Francisco Film Society and the Jacob Burns Film Center.

Kathy Rutherford πŸ‘ Engineering Field β€” Biomedical Engineer and Robotics Mentor

I worked as a biomedical engineer, getting FDA approval for medical devices, with Siemens Medical Systems and Zimmer TMT. I loved getting people access to better medical innovation. For the last 7 years, I’ve been a full-time volunteer robotics coach for 4 FIRST robotics teams. I also help the Greater NY Girl Scouts with their FIRST Lego League teams. I’ve Judged FIRST FRC, FTC and World Robot Olympiad and NJ Science Olympiad events and now Makeblock’s MakeX Spark competitions. Engineering is the coolest profession that no one has ever heard of. I’m devoted to showing students how cool tech careers can be!

Joe Saavedra πŸ‘ Founder & CEO β€” Infinite Objects

Joe Saavedra is the founder and CEO of Infinite Objects, one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2021. He has been working in hardware, software, and product development since completing his Master's in Design and Technology in 2010. Previously he worked on R&D for Google, MTV, Nike, GIPHY, and more.

Shveta Sachdeva πŸ‘ RedHat β€” Senior quality assurance engineer

Experienced Sr. Quality Engineer with 16 years of experience in development, manual and automation testing. Works extensively with engineering and quality teams to foster quality product development. Systematic and highly productive QA team leader with subject matter expertise in automation framework. Skilled in working with project quality teams and manufacturing quality control staff to produce best-in-industry products.

Andy SaldaΓ±a πŸ‘ QueerTech β€” Co-Founder & COO

Eustacio (Andy) SaldaΓ±a is COO & Co-founder of QueerTech, a non-profit based in Montreal focused on empowering, connecting and increasing the visibility of 2SLGBTQ+ technologists and entrepreneurship with the mission of Queering the Tech Ecosystem across Canada.

He is a strong advocate for increased diversity, access, and all-around inclusion in tech, but above all, he enjoys cultivating connections and all of the conversations that evolve.

Abhishek Sen πŸ‘ ADP β€” Lead Software Engineer

Hi! My name is Abhishek and I work as a Lead Software Engineer at ADP. ADP is a payroll processing company and I specifically work on the chatbot team making sure that all of our clients & customers get the best support that they can. I moved to Hoboken, NJ in 2020 and since then, I spend almost all of my free time exploring NYC with my friends!

Alex Sher πŸ‘ IBM β€” Garage Designer

I'm a designer and storyteller curious about data ethics, media and information sharing, and equity-centered design practices. My design process comes from a curiosity in how people interact with the systems and processes around them and a desire to see things change for the better. I believe great design simply empowers those it affects and use design as a tool to share my power. I'm currently a designer on IBM's Client Engineering team and helping shape the Design for America alumni network.

Ashley Smallwood πŸ‘ Teachers College, Columbia University β€” Director, TC NEXT

Ashley is passionate about bringing design thinking into mission-driven organizations. As Director of TC NEXT at Teachers College, Columbia University, she reimagines career stewardship for graduate students of education, health, and psychology. Through her business, Looking Glass Strategy, she consults with organizations to bring human-centered design to their work.
She has a BA in English Literature and Art History from Georgetown University and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.

Peter Smith πŸ‘ Studio MDHR β€” Senior Engineer

I'm a senior programmer at Studio MDHR, working on the 1930s-style video game Cuphead.

Pablo Smith πŸ‘ Godling Studio β€” Creative Director

Pablo is a multi-disciplinary creative director and strategist with a career spanning entertainment and technology. Originally from Berlin, having co-founded and led design on his first startup at 15, currently living in NYC, running an XR firm as well as working at Godling Studio as a Creative Director, where he helps brands, venture funds, and web3 companies identify and build out core branding and digital infrastructure.

Liza Stark πŸ‘ Girls Who Code β€” Sr Manager of Curriculum

Liza Stark is a designer, artist, and educator. She is currently the Sr Manager of Curriculum at Girls Who Code focused on bringing high quality, equity-focused CS curriculum to students across the US. Liza has also designed games and created playful learning experiences around the country with the Institute of Play, littleBits, and others. She nerds out with conductive thread often, most recently by stitching talking memory quilts. She has a toddler named Zelia who is way cooler than her.

Sierra Stone πŸ‘ Wix Education β€” Growth and Partnerships Manager

Sierra Stone is a creative problem solver, an empathetic relationship builder, and a fierce advocate for equitable education and opportunities. While serving as a Teach for America Corps member, she received her Masters in Secondary Education and worked as a research analyst for The United Nations Education Commission. She now leads the growth and partnership work for Wix Education - a platform working to make web creation, design, and development available to all students.

Elizabeth Sumpter πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Development Manager

Elizabeth is a passionate individual that believes in the advancement of education and technology. She started her journey in nonprofit in 2014 with various roles in Board management and Development Operations, having the ability to manage fundraising events and oversee fundraising initiatives. She is dedicated to empowering the youth and supporting educators.

Holly Tienken πŸ‘ Kutztown University β€” Assistant Professor, Communication Design

Holly Tienken is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Design department at Kutztown University. Holly received her BFA from Kutztown University and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. In addition to teaching, she is also an independent designer focused on identity design for hospitality and real estate markets. In 2007 she co-founded Bag the Habit, a line of reusable shopping solutions made from 100% eco-textiles and introduce an interactive, educational program WE CREATE THE FUTURE designed to teach positive β€œreusable” habits to students.

San Tong πŸ‘ Self Employed β€” Social Media Manager

San Tong has over 17 years of experience in marketing and advertising. For many years, San’s passion has been to build better conditions for enabling under-represented voices and communities to be heard in the film, media, and entertainment industries. She is on the board of CPAF, the Center for Asian Pacific Family, and has been active in fighting violence against women in the Asian community. She is also an active volunteer & fundraiser for 826LA and the Girl Scouts.

Mike Virgil πŸ‘ RBC Capital Markets β€” Head of Commodities Technology + Head of Execution & Clearing Technology

Mike is a FinTech executive with over 15 years designing and implementing technology solutions for global investment banks, utilities, and software companies. He has studied social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and computer science at The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio and Oregon State University in Corvallis Oregon. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with family, sports / outdoor activities, personal dev projects, and gaming.

Peizhu Yuan πŸ‘ Mouse β€” Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Peizhu joined the Mouse family in her high school sophomore year as a Mouse Design League student. With bilingual proficiency in Chinese, English, and C++, Peizhu hopes to be able to help communicate cout<<"Hi, δ½ ε₯½" to the greater communities that deserve valuable knowledge and opportunities to foster technology for good.