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.
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 is a front end engineer at macys.com. 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.
Layla is the Chapter's Student Outreach Director. She is most interested in mentoring and helping new developers find their footing in development careers. She has been a web developer for almost 15 years. Her day job is as a front-end development manager for Macys.com. In her spare time, she writes and performs sketch comedy.
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.
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!).