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Meet Ada’s Staff: Associate Instructors

Audrey Andoy (she/her) I am so excited to help Ada students along their software engineering journey! I come to Ada with a few years of experience working in the Edtech industry, both as a web developer for posed2 and as a coding instructor for K-12th grade students at Coding with Kids. Whether it’s art, games, or web apps, I love helping people learn and explore what they can do using code!  I mostly grew up on Whidbey Island but spent…

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Meet Ada’s Board: Michael Chang

We are so excited to welcome Michael Chang to Ada’s Advisory Board! With ten years of strategy and product management experience, Michael is an expert at developing strong foundations for sustained growth. Paired with his expertise is his passion for driving diversity into sectors at every level in the tech industry.  Read below to learn more about Michael in his own words: Michael Chang, Sr. Strategy Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation What drew you to serve in Ada’s Advisory…

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Meet Ada’s Staff: Jenna Hanchard

Jenna Hanchard (she/her) – Director of Corporate Learning and Culture I will be working in partnership with our entire Ada community to build a training and public accountability program for our corporate partners. The goal is to help build safe work environments for Ada students and underrepresented minorities in tech.  Before Ada, I was the culture and innovation manager at The Riveter, creating programming, building unique membership and community content, and programming centering Black and brown womxn. Before that, I had…

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Passing the Torch – An Interview with Scott Case and Lauren Sato

In this behind-the-scenes interview, Scott Case spends time reflecting on the inception of Ada Developer’s Academy and what’s next for the startup built to disrupt systems. Joining the conversation is the new CEO, Lauren Sato, ready to take the mission to new heights. While recruiting against big tech, Scott Case began to see disparities in talent groups among the EnergySavvy engineering team. “Of the first ten hires, all of them were guys, and four were named Dan,” mentions Scott, Co-Founder…

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Meet Ada’s Board: Tina-Marie Gulley

Marketing powerhouse Tina-Marie Gulley joins Ada’s Advisory Board. Praised by her colleagues as a results-driven, well-rounded, and marketing rockstar, Tina-Marie is a welcomed addition. A tech-savvy leader focused on implementing global marketing strategies, Tina-Marie is the perfect thought-leader to push Ada’s mission forward. Read below to learn more about Tina-Marie in her own words: Tina-Marie Gulley, VP of Business Marketing at Edelman What drew you to serve in Ada’s Advisory board? “I’m passionate about Ada’s mission because it focuses on…

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Meet Ada’s Staff: Priyanka Anand

Priyanka Anand (she/her) – Program Assistant, Education As a Program Assistant, I will be providing administrative support to the education team and students to ensure a successful and fulfilling program of learning and growth! I graduated with a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications and spent the past few years teaching cooking and gardening classes to youth in Bellingham and Seattle. I am beyond thrilled to be joining an organization that’s genuinely rooted in and committed to elevating and supporting…

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Meet Ada’s Board: David Daniels

Ada is thrilled to welcome a new face to the Advisory Board, David Daniels. From a resident director for university students to a top tier recruiter in the tech industry, David shares a passion for diversifying the tech workforce. David’s expertise will assist in providing guidance and insights on curriculum and methods for scaling future growth. Read below to learn more about David in his own words: David Daniels, HR Manager & Seattle Site Lead at Snap, Inc. What drew…

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