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The Leaders


Truc Nguyen

Truc is a Chapter Leader for San Francisco. She enjoys solving complex business and software problems to empower people to do their best work. Outside of GDI, she works as a UX Designer with a technical bent at AdRoll and teaches Lagree Fitness at CORE40. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing students progress over time!

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Brenda Jin

Brenda loves to empower humans to connect with each other and their environment using technology. She transitioned to a software development after brief careers fundraising and operatic performance. During the day, she is a Senior Engineer on the Platform team at Slack. She has previously won hackathons for projects such as Hello Worm, an internet-enabled urban worm composter and Pulse, a real-time heart rate monitor for exercise.

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Becca Bruggman

Becca is the San Francisco Events and Partnerships Director. She pivoted into software engineering a few years back with the help of Hackbright Academy and Girl Develop It workshops and loves that she can "pay it forward" as the workshops director. In her free time, she loves traveling near and far, drinking strong coffee, tinkering in Android, finding the perfect gif for every occasion, building data visualization web applications, and learning whenever possible. Becca is a technical support representative at Optimizely and a proud Hackbright, CodePath, and UCDavis alumna.


Alexandra Estrada

Alexandra is a front end engineer at Before 'engineer' was in her title, she had a background in business management, having worked in various corporate companies and founding a food startup in Los Angeles. She first fell into coding at the end of 2013 while trying to build a website and hasn't looked back! She loves her two kittens, Frida and Carmen, and hopes to continue her technology journey in the years to come.


Jessie Wu

Jessie Wu is the San Francisco Workshops Director. Her first unofficial code experience was adding inline styling to her Myspace profile in high school, long before realizing her passion for front end web development through a Girl Develop It workshop. She is now a full-stack developer for an investment platform at Propel(x). She loves coding early in the morning, attending dev conferences and workshops, and fostering rescue dogs.


The Instructors


Pamela Fox

Pamela is the Founder of the San Francisco Chapter. She loves to learn, teach, create, and every combination of those. Most of her time, she works for Khan Academy, creating their computing curriculum. Before that, she worked in Google Developer Relations, and graduated from USC's Computer Science Department (Go Trojans!).