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Freedom and Jobs

By: Lauren Sato, CEO This Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, much of our country is grappling with the renewed awareness that white supremacy is still alive and well in our country. And nearly 53 years after his assassination, the Promised Land King dreamt of still feels far out of reach for so many. At Ada this weekend, we are thinking specifically about the critical connection in Dr. King’s dream between freedom and jobs. In the latest US jobs report, we…

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Meet Ada’s Staff: Eryn Strong

Eryn Strong (she/her) – Program Assistant, Revenue and Partnerships I am excited to be joining the Ada team as a Program Assistant to support Ada’s Business Development team. Before Ada, I managed events at The Riveter. Prior to my time at The Riveter, I worked at the Pacific Science Center for 10+ years, where I did Informal Education in the exhibit halls. I later managed weekend-long science events with the PNW science community. Outside of work, you can find me…

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Meet Ada’s Board: Latoya Singleton

Ada is thrilled to welcome our final member to the Ada Advisory Board, Latoya Singleton. As the current Chief Financial Officer at Math for America, Latoya brings a wealth of experience in finance and development strategies. Latoya’s expertise is an excellent match to round out our board of dynamic and engaging thought leaders. Read below to learn more about Latoya in her own words: Latoya Singleton, Chief Financial Officer, Math for America What drew you to serve in Ada’s Advisory…

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Meet Ada’s Staff: Alina Brunner

Alina Brunner (she/her) – Finance Manager, Operations I’m thrilled to join the Ada team as Finance Manager and work with Ada leadership to cultivate growth and success for the organization. Before Ada, I worked as Financial Operations Manager for Eton Shirts and as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Meridian Audio. I’ve helped organizations from the start-up stage, growth and expansion, and in full maturity. I enjoy the analytical and strategic facets of finance and accounting. I also enjoy…

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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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