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Meet Ada’s Staff: Rakia Wells

Rakia Wells (she/her) – Communications Specialist I am thrilled to join the Ada team as the new Communications Specialist. I’m excited to share the incredible stories from students, alum, and more that make Ada such a fantastic program. I’ll be working to build strong networks for our stakeholders and bring the Ada experience to life for prospective students digitally. Prior to joining Ada, I completed my Masters in Communication at the University of Washington in the Comm Lead Program. I…

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Meet Ada’s Staff: Laelah Ndifon

Laelah Ndifon (she/her) – Program Assistant, Communications & Revenue Working at Ada is a dream come true and I’m excited to join the Ada team as the new Program Assistant for Communication and Revenue! I will be working closely with the CEO, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, and new programming to support multi-channeled growth of Ada Developers Academy. I can’t wait to meet the community at Ada and further work in its mission. I recently graduated from Washington State…

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Focusing on Social Justice

By: Sarah Ervin, Program Manager – Student Services While Ada grows as a program and we adjust to our new online world, we’re improving more than just our technical content. Starting with Cohort 14, Ada is partnering with Paradigm Shift Seattle to launch a stronger curriculum around equity, justice, and inclusion. Before Cohort 14 even started class at the end of August, they had participated in six weeks of learning that included reading, self-reflection, and interactive sessions with the skilled…

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Meet Ada’s Board: Justin Beals

A big welcome is in order for Justin Beals, another wonderful addition to Ada’s Advisory Board. With a history of CTO leadership and consultancy in Tech, and his latest venture as CEO & Co-Founder of Strike Graph, Justin rounds out Ada’s new board class with deep knowledge of the industry, providing critical support for our students and their success after Ada. Read below to learn more about Justin in his own words: Justin BealsCEO & Co-Founder Strike Graph Inc. What…

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Meet Ada’s Board: Melina Garcia

We are thrilled to announce Melina Garcia, Attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as another new leader to join to Ada’s Advisory Board in 2020. Melina’s legal background supporting technology clients will provide critical expertise for Ada’s future growth and expansion efforts. Read below to learn more about Melina in her own words: Melina GarciaAttorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP What drew you to serve in Ada’s Advisory board? “I serve technology clients’ needs every day, and am passionate about…

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Meet Ada’s Board: Jeffrey Spector

We are excited to announce Jeffrey Spector, Co-Founder at Karat has joined Ada’s Advisory Board. As the creator of a company focused on giving software engineering candidates predictive, fair and enjoyable technical interviews, Jeff’s expertise will be an incredible tool for our students as they navigate the hiring process. Read below to learn more about Jeff in his own words: Jeffrey SpectorCo-Founder, Karat What drew you to serve in Ada’s Advisory board? “I believe deeply in the mission. I am…

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Meet Ada’s Board: Michelle Broderick

We are excited to announce that Michelle Broderick, CMO at The Esalen Institute, has joined Ada’s Advisory Board as one of four new board members who will be supporting our growth and championing our mission to break down barriers of entry and diversify the technology industry. Read below to learn more about Michelle in her own words: Michelle BroderickCMO, The Esalen Institute What drew you to serve in Ada’s Advisory board? “Ada’s founding mission coupled with its commitment to hold…

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NPS: Measuring Company Partner Satisfaction

By: Emma Neiman, Program Manager of Internships & Alum Internships are an integral part of the Ada program – they represent the completion of our students’ academic training, and the real world experience that uniquely prepares them to be hireable junior developers. We invest a lot in developing strong partnerships with companies and teams that our students will intern with, and working to match interns with teams where they can thrive.  Over the last few cohorts, we have collected internship feedback…

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Ada Build: Breaking Down Barriers of Entry Into Tech

By: Bethany Lindsey, Director of Education If you know a student who might be interested in attending one of these classes, please fill out this form!   When thinking about the problem of diversifying tech, there are many things that come to mind as a potential solution. It is a lot to take on, and our team is laying the foundation to do that work. We are taking a systems-oriented approach, by increasing the amount of diverse people we are putting…

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