Corinne Warnshuis, Executive Director
Corinne is a passionate advocate for community-centered movements and their power to change the world. Prior to becoming the first Executive Director of Girl Develop It, she co-led the organization’s Philadelphia chapter to become one of the organization's largest and most active.
She has previously held positions with the Technical.ly news network, producing large-scale technology conferences like Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week, and at WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR and PBS affiliate, in community relations.
Corinne has spoken at the White House, Dreamforce, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, Code Conf, OSCON and more.
A native Californian, Corinne moved to Philadelphia after graduating from University of California — Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and Film & Digital Media.
LaVonna Ricketts, Program Director
LaVonna is committed to organizations that cultivate spreading knowledge, continuous learning, and social impact. She fights to create equal career and educational opportunities for women.
LaVonna comes from a background in education. She holds a master’s degree in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked with an array of education, community, and girls' empowerment organizations, including the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology, Girls Prep/Public Prep, and the Girl Scouts. Most recently, LaVonna was the Director of Operations with KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy.
LaVonna believes her professional and personal work should always be grounded in developing programs, policies, and systems that benefit the individuals that they directly impact, as well as improve the lives and well-being of the connecting communities.
Bindu Jallabah, Operations Director
Bindu is fervently passionate about developing ecosystems that empower disadvantaged communities in making informed, self-determined decisions. She has dedicated most of her career to advocating and developing pragmatic solutions that promote social equity.
Bindu is a seasoned administrator with nearly two decades of progressive experience in nonprofit leadership and operations management. Prior to joining GDI, Bindu won awards for her work developing and executing the operational strategy for the Elwyn Baring Street Center.
Bindu is also founder and Board Chair of Karanso Africa, a civil society organization that has innovated literacy to promote self-efficacy and self-determination for women across Sub-Saharan Africa. Leveraging a strong background in Information Technology, Bindu is also the architect of Karanso’s Docteur Mobile initiative which is a tool for self-care and advocacy to improve access to maternal and reproductive health services for vulnerable women in remote villages in West Africa.
Vanessa Hurst, Co-founder, Board Chair
Vanessa Vanessa Hurst is the Director of Engineering Practice at Etsy. Vanessa is also the founder of CodeMontage where coders engage in open source projects to improve their skills and the world, as well as Developers for Good and she co-founded WriteSpeakCode.
Vanessa advocates for every student to have the opportunity to learn to code through Code.org. Her book on Continuous Learning in software teams will be published this year.
Her work in technology education and social change has appeared on the TODAY show, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, Fast Company, and other media.
Vanessa holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.
Erica Joy Baker, Senior Engineer, Slack Technologies
Erica Joy Baker is a Senior Engineer at Slack and advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, and expanding access to tech education.
Erica’s career in tech began fifteen years ago doing domain administration for the University of Alaska Statewide System, before becoming a Googler in 2006. Erica’s role grew and shifted within Google, growing from Support Technician to Site Reliability Engineer.
She joined Slack in 2015, where she focuses on Build and Release Engineering.
Erica is a member of the Advisory Boards for Barbie, Atipica, and Hack the Hood. Erica is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Level Playing Field Institute Lux Award winner, a nominee for the 2016 Crunchies Include Diversity Award, and was included in WIRED Magazine’s 2016 Next List.
Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.
Brenda Jin, Staff Engineer, Slack Technologies
Brenda Jin is a Staff Engineer at Slack, where she writes software that makes work better and more productive for millions of people every day. She launched the Slack App Directory in 2015, and later built and designed the first ever RESTful DLP/eDiscovery APIs, enabling HIPAA and FINRA for Slack's Enterprise Grid.
Before Slack, she launched the first responsive shopping experience at Macys.com – a website that on average does $73 million in transactions per day.
In 2013, Brenda learned to code with the help of GDI San Francisco. Since then, she has become a teacher and Chapter Leader. For the past two years, GDISF has taught over 40 workshops per year and reached over 7500 adults in San Francisco.
Alanna Gombert, VP of IAB Tech Lab
Alanna Gombert is SVP, Technology & Ad Operations, IAB, and General Manager, IAB Tech Lab. Before joining IAB, Gombert was CEO of Gombert Consulting, a full service digital media consulting agency and she is Founder and Co-chair for the IAB Programmatic Council.
Prior she was Head of Digital Sales and Strategy at Condé Nast and founder of CatalystDesk, Condé Nast’s digital media trading platform. Gombert joined Condé Nast in March 2013 from Google by way of Admeld, where she ran the trading desk, agency, and demand-side platform relationships and helped grow RTB from an idea to a killer business.
Prior to Admeld, Gombert worked at Right Media, the first online advertising exchange, where she focused on ad selection algorithms and market dynamics.