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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 in non-profit fundraising and operatic performance. During the day, she is a Senior Engineer at Slack, where she launched the App Directory, improved API performance, and worked on the Enterprise product. Before joining Slack, she was a UI Developer at Macys.com, where she played a key role in transforming the ecommerce company's website into a mobile-friendly experience.

Truc Nguyen

Truc Nguyen

As an engineer by training turned generalist designer, Truc works collaboratively with stakeholders to explore, design, and develop pragmatic solutions to business problems. She is a Senior Product Designer with a technical bent at Unity Technologies. She's passionate about greenfield development- building something new and creating better processes. At GDI, her favorite part of teaching is seeing students progress over time! Outside of work Truc enjoys being active - and had a brief stint as group fitness instructor - and also loves baking, cats, and empowering women.

Karla Lopez

Karla Lopez

Karla has participated in GDI as a student, a TA, and is now joining the Chapter leaders. When she is not cooking or reading, she is a product manager at an EdTech startup.

Kelly Tran

Kelly Tran

Kelly started programming at age 14 when her Dad gave her a textbook on C++, Starting Out with C++: From Control Structures through Objects, and said ‘Read this. It will be useful for you.’ From a young age, her motto has been ‘always be learning’ and loves to empower other people to learn through her volunteer work at GDI and work as a software engineer turned product manager at Brilliant.org.

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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!).

Jessica Earley

Jessica Earley

Jessica Dene Earley is a developer and loves building apps and exploring tech. She believes that education is a powerful medium for empowerment and self-discovery that can lead to unprecedented opportunities. Jessica is active with Google Developers Group, Women Techmakers, Girl Develop It, Latin@s in Tech and DevelopHerDevelopHim.