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Meet Kaida!

By Kaida Masaki (she/her), Instructional Assistant Hi! I’m Kaida and I am a new instructional assistant here at Ada for Cohort 11! Before coming to Ada I worked most recently at Computing Kids teaching children to program after school. Before that I was at Socrata for about 3 years working on various parts of their Open Data stack.   I’m a Seattle native and went to UW for Computer Science.  I live with my wife and our two rabbits in…

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Cohort 11 Craft3 Applications Window Opens Monday

Cohort 11 Craft3 Loan Applications Window Craft3 will begin accepting loan applications for Ada Cohort 11, starting December 17, 2018. The funds, which are provided by Ada, are limited and not yet sufficient to fund all loans for every person in the Cohort. To address this in an equitable way, Craft3 will make reasonable efforts to review loan applications in the order in which they are received.  Eligible applications that are not processed before the available funds have been committed,…

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How Donating to the Ada Loan Fund Makes a Difference

What drove me to Ada My therapist. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety, and after I sought help, my therapist gave me phenomenal life and career advice. After getting to know me and my strengths over a couple years, and seeing my dissatisfaction with my experience and compensation working in the nonprofit sector, my therapist suggested looking into Ada Developers Academy. At first, I thought that I could never be a software engineer. I…

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Community Donations Deliver Diversity in Tech

Giving Changes Lives Ada Developers Academy started with a simple idea: to attract under represented people and train them for a software development career in tech. With diversity comes innovation, and the way diversity can happen in tech is through a comprehensive workplace development organization. By bringing more women and gender diverse people in to Seattle’s tech industry, a wider array of ideas and perspectives would be incorporated into many tech products used today. Many students are of modest means.…

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Meet Susan!

By Susan Lieu, Marketing + Operations Interim Support Greetings, I’m Susan and I’m so excited to be part of this team focused on marketing and operations support. For the next several months I’ll be working on projects from fundraising to implementing a new CRM system. Originally from the Bay Area, I’ve lived in Seattle for the past 4 years and am a proud West Seattleite. I bring a blended private and public sector background to Ada. On the private side,…

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Meet Devin!

By Devin Helmgren, Software Development Instructor Hello! My name is Devin and I am the new instructor as of the start of Ada’s tenth cohort! I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area, and after a brief jaunt to Portland, OR for college, I came back to pursue a career in games! After a few years of work at a local studio, I went independent, and during that time met another indie developer who happened to be on…

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Meet Jeanie!

By Jeanie Walker, Marketing Communications Director Hello! I’m Jeanie, one of Ada’s newest staff members. I am excited to be part of such a dynamic, active community. To me, Ada’s mission is a bellwether for workplace inclusivity. Ada’s ripple effects are profound and far-reaching. With a long career in technology, I’m excited to be part of the positive change Ada represents. I am focused on being part of this incredible shift through sharing our stories and Ada’s vision. I’ve lived…

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Meet Valerie!

By Valerie Horvath, Program Manager for Internships & Alumni Hi I’m Valerie and I am the new Program Manager for Internships and Alumni at Ada! I’m pretty much a Seattle Native! I know there are very few of us in Seattle now, but I’ve been here since I was 2 years old. I joined Ada because I want to be on the side of changing the face of tech. I respect what Ada is doing within the community and I…

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