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The Leaders

Brenda Jin

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.

Becca Bruggman

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.

Truc Nguyen

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!

Jessie Wu

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.

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The Instructors

Mary Ann Jawili

Mary Ann Jawili

Mary Ann is a firm believer of the maxim, docendo discimus. In 2013, she started TA-ing with GDI and soon became a teacher, and she still learns something new in each class. That love for teaching continues even at Salesforce, where she is a software engineer and runs a monthly workshop for new hires. Previously, she worked at Hotwire/Expedia and received a BS in Computer Science. Her free time is spent biking everywhere possible.

Jaclyn Karnowski

Jaclyn Karnowski

Jaclyn Karnowski is a web developer and passionate about teaching and learning. She started as a Teach for America corps member, has designed math teacher training for Teach for America and public schools in Santiago, Chile. She is founder of EdTalks-SF and currently teaches at Dev Bootcamp. She loves her husband, being in the mountains and hosting parties. Her first concert was the Beach Boys and her favorite podcast is 99% Invisible.

Jessica Parsons

Jessica Parsons

Jessica Parsons has spent half her life teaching, and a quarter of it developing for the web. Recently, she decided to combine these passions and teach web development, not only in Girl Develop It workshops, but also in her day job as a web development instructor for JobTrain, a non-profit vocational training organization in Menlo Park. Outside of work, she enjoys decorating wedding cakes, sewing clothing, fixing anything, and hiking with her partner and their two shibas, Petunia and Monty.

Claire Bendersky

Claire Bendersky

Claire Bendersky strives to strengthen and elevate her community through hands on education. She is a software engineer and educator who has taught and designed curriculum for over ten years. Prior to diving into the world of tech, she was a scientist studying the Earth's mantle and conditions early on in our Solar System's history.

Pamela Fox

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!).