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Team Bios

Our exceptional team of staff is laser-focused on the success of every Adie. See our Careers page for opportunities to join the Ada team.

Leadership Team

Lauren Sato

Chief Executive Officer

Lauren is a seasoned cross-sector leader who began her career at Year Up, building an impactful program from the ground up and then scaling it through public-private partnerships. Following Year Up, Lauren was employee one at Canopy, an impact investing startup aimed at reducing the barriers for institutional investors to deploy capital to social good enterprises collaboratively. Her subsequent time at the technology startup RealSelf focused on growing from 100 to 300 employees and ultimately achieving a 60% female tech company, with 36% women in technical roles. Then, at The Riveter, Lauren focused on building collaborative spaces across the country for women to learn, grow, and start companies together. As CEO at Ada, Lauren is excited to use her expertise in scaling to make this proven model for getting women and gender nonconforming folks into software development careers available across the country.

Alexandra Holien

VP of Revenue and Strategy, Deputy Director

Alexandra graduated with her Masters in Cultural Studies in 2015 and married her passion for social justice work with her sales and recruiting experience. For the last 15 years, Alexandra’s work, both professional and personal, has centered on relationship and community building to create upward mobility pathways for marginalized people. As a Black woman in tech, Alexandra is passionate about bringing more underrepresented minorities into the industry and fiercely believes that diversity without equity is oppression.

Bethany Lindsey

VP of Education and Innovation

Bethany has 20 years of experience in program design and management. She has overseen the end-to-end student experience for part-time and full-time students, including marketing, admissions, instruction, career services, and alumni relations across various types of organizations and institutions. Her main goal is to ensure students’ success. Bethany thrives in a workspace that values non-traditional education and enjoys helping students realize their value. She finds watching students transform during their educational experience a great joy.

Lisa Flores

VP of People and Operations

Lisa comes to Ada with over 10 yrs of experience working in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She started her career in education with Teach for America and Uncommon Schools, a rapidly growing nonprofit in New York City. After attending business school, she moved to Seattle to work at Amazon and eventually Starbucks in marketing before returning to the nonprofit world. With Ada, she has found the perfect intersection of her education, nonprofit, and technology experiences to give underrepresented people the opportunity to join the technology industry.

Charline Zavaleta

Chief of Staff

Charline has 10 years of experience in operations and administrative roles, having spent the 5 years before Ada at Seattle-based tech startups. She enjoys creating structure and efficiencies and being the point-person who can help make her colleagues’ work lives easier. As a woman of color who has worked in the tech industry, Charline is looking forward to being a part of the Ada community and contributing to improving people’s lives.

Education Team

Sylvia Artiga Monreal

Program Director, Seattle

Sylvia is a mestiza nerd who loves the puzzle of learning, researching, and imagining better possibilities with others. Since graduating from Princeton University as a first-generation college student, she has worked in the education and nonprofit sectors, focusing on recruiting, training, and coaching individuals in career development, personal leadership, and team management. With experience at large organizations, scrappy nonprofits, and Millennial side-hustles, she’s passionate about studying work culture and helping folks find careers where they can thrive.

Emily Schifferling

Program Director, Digital

Emily loves a good mixed cassette tape and learning how the “university of life” shapes people’s thoughts, decisions, and behaviors. She has 17 years of experience in instruction and hands-on full-cycle educational program design and management, responsible for student and staff recruitment, success, and retention outcomes. Emily spent eight years working in “developing” and “developed” countries and still questions the definition of “development.” With a master’s degree in Global and International Education, she enjoys mapping and analyzing student journey data and thinking aloud with others to help uncover and realize greater potential. Managing a small startup tech recruiting team in Seattle laid bare to her the critical diversity gap that tech suffers and now drives her on the daily while working at its intersection with education and social justice.

Simon Del Rosario

Lead Technical Curriculum Developer

Simon has had the good luck to write code, give talks, and travel the world in their career. They are passionate about forming a safe and delightful world for everyone, especially brown and trans technologists. Simon likes cats, cute dessert trends, and JavaScript.

Chris McAnally

Senior Instructor, Seattle

Chris McAnally joined Ada in 2016 as an Instructor for C6. Prior to Ada, he lived in China & Singapore with his wife Jingwen, working at a pair of international schools. He has been involved in Computer Science education since 1998.

Becca Elenzil

Instructor, Seattle

Becca started her coding journey in scientific computing, where she used computational models to understand human locomotion and motor control. After completing her Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Becca taught high school computer science. She developed data science and creative coding courses to bring computer science education to students with varied interests. Her educational and teaching background gives Becca a unique perspective on how programming is a valuable tool across many disciplines. As an instructor at Ada, Becca is honored to support students as they develop as software engineers and chart their own paths.

Jared Maddox

Instructor, Seattle

Before joining Ada, Jared was a Software Engineer at two different company partners of Ada: first Amazon, then Remitly. While working in the industry, he realized his favorite parts of the job were learning, teaching, and growing. When he learned from his Adie coworkers that Ada was hiring another Instructor, he jumped at the opportunity to spend all day learning new things and teaching new things in a way that intersects with his passion for equity. At his core, Jared yearns for continuous growth: in himself, in the Ada program, and the software industry. That’s why his biggest drive is to continually improve the way he teaches and how Ada operates by receiving feedback from Ada students and suggesting ways to apply those learnings to his role and the program quickly.

Kaida Masaki

Associate Instructor, Seattle

Kaida is an associate instructor at Ada. She has been working at Ada since the start of Cohort 11 and before that worked in the tech industry and taught at an after-school program. She specializes in student support, especially in tackling tricky technical problems, and loves seeing that “aha” moment from a student.

Jasmine Lopez

Associate Instructor, Seattle

Jasmine has spent her career at the intersection of technology and education. She has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a Masters of Education. Before joining Ada, she worked as a software developer for an education technology research group and then as a developer for an instructional design group that created online modules for university courses. Teaching at Ada has allowed her to take her interests in a new direction, and she finds great joy in supporting students as they learn at Ada.

Audrey Andoy

Instructor, Digital

Audrey graduated with her Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from Western Washington University and General Assembly’s web development immersive program. She has worked in the EduTech industry as a full-stack developer and has taught over 400 K-12 coding classes in various technologies such as Scratch, Python, Javascript, and C#. Audrey’s goal is to use her own experiences as a bootcamp grad and instructor to cultivate a creative, collaborative, empathetic class environment for Adie’s to thrive in.

Claire Elliott

Instructor, Digital

Claire didn’t start in the tech industry. Far from it. She graduated with a degree in East Asian Studies, specializing in contemporary Japanese theater. After teaching English in Japan for almost four years, she rekindled a childhood passion for web design once she returned to Oklahoma. It was an easy transition from teaching one language to another—programming.

Ansel Rognlie

Associate Instructor, Digital

Ansel brings over a decade of industry experience ranging from bioinformatics to system-integrated application development, having built and maintained large-scale data analysis platforms focusing on rapid response to stakeholder needs. While still new to education, his goal is to provide the tools, support, and encouragement for each student to achieve their own personal success and instill in them the confidence to challenge the preconceptions of what others think they can achieve. Sharing in their journey is a privilege which he treasures.

Trenisha Goslee

Associate Instructor, Digital

Trenisha graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Technology Education. She came to Ada to merge her love for both coding and education. She was a middle school STEM educator and now teaches underrepresented youth how to code. Trenisha likes to collect mugs and is addicted to seaweed snacks.

Jane Park

Admissions Specialist

Jane graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Washington in 2019. In college, she discovered her love of working with the education and nonprofit sectors, which led her to Ada Developers Academy. Jane currently runs and supports all functions related to Admissions and Outreach and loves being able to see a student’s journey from beginning to end.

Jasmine Soto

Program Assistant

Jasmine is the Program Assistant for the Education Team at Ada. She has over 8 years of experience in client-facing and team support roles. The most recent, an event coordination position for a local, women-focused educational and social organization in Seattle. Her goal is to help create a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone who comes in the door. When she’s not at work, you can find her making a mean spam musubi, coordinating a virtual D&D campaign with friends, and checking out more books from the library than she can possibly read.

Mahogany Tucker

Outreach Coordinator

Mahogany graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Organizational Leadership. She came to Ada to be a conduit for education access for traditionally underserved communities. Before joining Ada, she was a founding member of Year Up Puget Sound’s Alumni Board, Shop Steward for PTE 17, and supported a community-led coalition whose mission is to abolish the school to prison pipeline as coordinator and jack-of-all-trades. Mahogany’s experiences have deepened her commitment to refining her equity lens and being an ally to people experiencing oppression and erasure.

Student Services

Sarah Ervin

Senior Program Manager

Sarah has a background in social work and counseling and a passion for supporting people through major life transitions. At Ada, she applies this passion to building effective programs to support students and volunteers from onboarding to graduation. Sarah works closely with the instructional team to embed individualized support throughout students’ academic experience at Ada.

Priyanka Anand

Student Success Coach

Priyanka previously taught cooking and gardening classes in kitchens, school gardens, and on farms while working with youth to explore where our food comes from. She is excited to continue her work in education, focusing on supporting students’ success throughout their time at Ada. Priyanka enjoys logistical planning, creating meaningful relationships, and leading projects. Most of all, she loves thinking about building better systems and processes for a more efficient, caring, and inclusive work culture.

Nat Bentley

Student Success Coach

Nat graduated with a B.A. in sociology from Pitzer College in 2018. He has experience in college admissions and academic coaching/tutoring. He’s excited to work for such a mission-oriented and values-driven organization; he’s passionate about building relationships with students and providing them individualized support. When he’s not working, Nat enjoys watching NBA basketball, playing with dogs, eating Vietnamese food, and going on runs/bike rides.

Program Services and Philanthropy

Jenna Hanchard

Director of Corporate Learning and Culture

Jenna Hanchard serves as the Director of Corporate Learning and Culture at Ada and is working to build a program that centers safety and accountability as core parts of the experience between Ada interns and Ada’s corporate partners. Jenna is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has covered everything from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, to the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the murder of Michael Brown. As a news anchor and reporter at KING 5, the NBC affiliate in Seattle, Washington, she created the Emmy-nominated series Race & Parenting and the Emmy-award winning series Race & Sports — community guides to discussing race, racism, and identity. Prior to Ada, Jenna served as the leader of Culture & Innovation at The Riveter, a women-run co-working and community company poised to become a modern union of working women. While at The Riveter, Jenna helped build unique membership and community content and programming centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion strategies. Jenna is a powerful storyteller who is moved by and dedicated to nuanced storytelling that centers Black and brown people.

Emma Neiman

Program Manager, Internships and Alum

Emma has spent her career in education non-profits. She started as the Program Director of an experiential Jewish education program for students from interfaith families in Atlanta, Georgia, until moving to Seattle in 2018. Her move to Seattle also represented a move into computer science education, specifically working first to provide teachers with professional development at Code.org and now through Ada’s internship program. Her career has focused on serving people who have come to a new space with a non-traditional background and helping them access new opportunities.

Rachel Maheshwari

Career Services Manager

Rachel has over 10 years’ experience in workforce development, corporate recruiting, and career development, focusing on supporting underrepresented communities in obtaining greater access to employment opportunities. At Year Up, she ran career readiness programming, which provided young adults the tools to launch and build their tech careers. At Flatiron School, she coached career changers in landing their first roles in Software Engineering. Rachel is thrilled to see students land the jobs they deserve. She is honored to serve more students at Ada and support the mission of making tech a more equitable and inclusive space.

Rakia Wells

Communication Specialist

Rakia completed her Masters in Communication at the University of Washington in the Comm Lead Program. She has spent many years working with education nonprofits implementing outreach initiatives, and finding spaces to uplift communities of color. She will build strong networks for our stakeholders and bring the Ada experience to life for prospective students digitally.

Eryn Strong

Program Assistant

Before Ada, Eryn managed events at The Riveter. She also worked for over 10 years at the Pacific Science Center leading Informal Education in the exhibit halls and later managed weekend-long science events with the PNW science community. Joining Ada has allowed Eryn to combine her passions of education and building processes and systems helping provide opportunities for underrepresented minorities.

Christina Ratkus

Development Manager

Christina has worked in the world of nonprofit development for over eight years. Before joining Ada, she worked with JDRF, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, and March of Dimes. Her focus has always been to help her community grow in areas where there is the highest need for resources and education and help lift Black and brown voices. She is thrilled to join Ada as the Development Manager and is looking forward to creating more funding, volunteering, and partnership opportunities. Christina is also an artist who lives in Seattle with her partner, David, and their cat, Monkey.

Finance and Operations

Alina Brunner

Director of Finance

Alina has 15 years of experience in finance and operations, working with a number of organizations ranging from technology startups to multinational corporations. During this time, she successfully created and rebuilt finance and operations functions by focusing on process improvement and ensuring regulatory compliance. Alina enjoys analyzing financial data and presenting it in ways that can engage everyone, providing a thorough view of the organization’s financial health and contributing to the overall strategy.

Miranda Hoffman

Salesforce and Data Administrator

Miranda has spent her career in the public and nonprofit sectors and comes to Ada with several years of Salesforce experience. She enjoys improving processes so that her colleagues can spend more time helping change the face of tech and less time on repetitive tasks. Outside of work, you’ll find her backpacking, snowboarding, watching tv shows, listening to podcasts, or walking her dogs.

Garnet Wong-Woo

Office Manager

Garnet is excited to start her new journey at Ada as the Office Manager. Before her administrative career, her profound interest in diversity and multiculturalism began while studying at Western Washington University and Highline Community College. Garnet looks forward to partnering her years of administrative knowledge with her passion for helping and uplifting underrepresented individuals. 

Outside of work, Garnet enjoys doing barre and yoga, exploring and discovering new places, cooking, and appeasing her inner foodie.

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