The AnitaB.org staff and board are made up of people who are passionate about what women can bring to technology. We understand the needs of women, and have worked inside organizations that view technology innovation as an imperative. Our community extends around the world, driven by the belief that we can accomplish more together than any of us can alone.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO
Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. She currently serves as the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an organization that connects, inspires, and strives for greater equality for women technologists in business, academia, and government. She founded the original Computer Science for All program, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student in the Chicago Public Schools, and serving as the inspiration for the Obama administration’s national CS4All initiatives.
Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland, Chief Operating Officer
A seasoned social impact leader and executive, Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland is the Chief Operating Officer of AnitaB.org, the world’s preeminent women in tech enterprise. Before AnitaB.org, she was Chief Operations Officer for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, a $40 million multi-service nonprofit addressing Silicon Valley‘s global poverty. Trained as an anthropologist and urban designer, Jackie has worked as a social impact executive for companies, foundations, nonprofits, and governments operating in the U.S., the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, India, and Brazil.
Victoria Hughes, Chief People Officer
Victoria has over 20 years of leadership in Human Resources. She brings extensive experience and success creating vibrant and positive organizational cultures that significantly improve business results. She has been recognized as a panel expert on employee engagement and culture. Victoria has successfully led several HR and organizational transformations in many industries including fortune 500 companies as well as large nonprofits. Victoria is a certified Hogan Coach and holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and Organization Development. She is a San Francisco Bay Area native and currently lives in San Francisco.
Ylonda Davis, Vice President, Global Events and Customer Experience
Ylonda is a customer-focused global events expert with more than 20 years of success delivering strategic event management, customer marketing, end-user relations, partner marketing, and vendor management. She has experience working with Fortune 200 companies, including Apple, Intel, Symantec, VMware, and Marketo, and with managing marquee customer events, including ServiceNow Knowledge, Symantec Vision, and VMware VMworld. She is an exceptional leader who can manage strategic planning and flawless execution of world-class events, and who can blend strategic communication, company identity, and experiential marketing to create unique relationships for employees, customers, and partners. In 2015, Ylonda, along with two other industry professionals, created a marketing consultant agency called Alloy which provides public relations, marketing strategy, and event management to high tech companies. She is a native San Franciscan, born, raised and educated in the Bay Area.
Kety Esquivel, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Kety is the head of Marketing and Communications and a member of the executive team. Her expertise was gained through extensive experience working with clients around the globe. She’s coached executives in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America and her work has taken her to China and, on behalf of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia. She’s led the digital efforts for top tier agencies, companies, and nonprofits and served as Executive Vice President for Edelman where she led the Consumer, Technology, and Tourism team. Prior roles included serving as Vice President for both Fenton Communications and Ogilvy. She is an Advisory Board member for Yes We Code and a member of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Board. She’s a former editor of BlogHer, a current blogger on the Huffington Post, and has been a convener for Web of Change, She’s Geeky, TEDxAdamsMorgan, and TEDxAdamsMorganWomen. Kety is a known speaker at various conferences worldwide including SXSW, the World Bank’s Entertainment Education Conference, Social Media Week, and CampaignTech. Her commentary has been featured in the WSJ, HITN, PBS, CNN, NPR, Televisa, and Univision. Kety lives in Miami Beach, Florida, with her husband and children. She loves the beach and the mountains and is a huge fan of travel and the outdoors.
Maggie Inbamuthiah, Managing Director, India
Maggie has been an entrepreneur and intrapreneur with a solid technology background. She has
worked across different lines of business such as product vision and strategy, customer implementations, operations, technology management, business development, P&L, and marketing.
She is the Interim Managing Director for AnitaB.org India and is also the Co-founder of a media-based nonprofit.
Robert Read, Vice President, Business Development & Partnership Success and Marketing & Communications
With a unique synthesis of skills and attributes to drive sales, marketing and distribution solutions across the globe, Robert has been in the Global Content and Media industry for more than 20 years. He most recently served as Senior Vice President, International Marketing, at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, where he managed a 60-person team of marketers in Los Angeles and across the globe. Under Robert’s leadership, UPHE International enjoyed two of it’s most profitable years ever. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree from the prestigious UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television, and an MBA in Marketing from USC’s Marshall School of Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Michael, and their beloved pooch, Finley.
Dr. Stephanie Rodriguez, Vice President, Policy & Engagement
Prior to working at AnitaB.org, Stephanie served as the Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit supporting afterschool and summer learning across the nation. An immunologist by training, Stephanie found her way to STEM education policy and advocacy through years of STEM-related community outreach, and service as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. While at NSF, she worked on efforts to broaden participation in computer science and other STEM fields. Stephanie completed her doctoral degree in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied the T-cell development process and devised innovative strategies to observe this phenomenon in live animals, in real time, using advanced microscopy techniques. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Stanford University, with a focus on microbes and immunity. Having personally benefited from the generosity and attention of amazing STEM mentors, and still benefiting from those relationships, she values the opportunity to support young STEM enthusiasts and the systems that encourage them.
Deidra Freeman, Senior Director of Programs
Guided by the values of integrity and fairness, Deidra Freeman is a servant leader who has spent her career advocating for individuals to achieve their fullest potential. She currently serves as Senior Director of Programs for AnitaB.org, an organization working to shape public opinion about issues of critical importance to women technologists in academia, industry, and government. In that role, Deidra oversees the Programs Department responsible for facilitating Pathways, Wogrammer, Individual Women Services, and Awards & Scholarships. She also leads production of global events, including Hopperx1 events. Modeled after the AnitaB.org Grace Hopper Celebration, which is the largest annual gathering of women in tech worldwide, these local gatherings provide opportunities to empower women technologists, from undergraduates to CEOs, along with members from industry leading companies, academia, and research, to build relationships, find new ideas and inspiration, learn new skills, and advance their careers in technology. Deidra transitioned to that role after serving as Director of Pathways. Prior to her time at AnitaB.org, she spent 15 years as an educator and administrator for Chicago Public Schools, where she built special education programs that transitioned
students into adulthood. Her technology foundation began as an Engineering Project Manager for Motorola.
Kamala Srinivasan, Managing Director, Global Affairs
Kamala Srinivasan is the Managing Director, Global Affairs at AnitaB.org. She supports the organization’s global expansion strategy from the U.S. She has been associated with AnitaB.org for the past 10+ years. Kamala is a senior executive and coach with more than 20 years of experience in both nonprofit organizations and technology industries. Her broad areas of expertise include global technology product delivery, go-to-market strategy, digital transformation, and SAAS in Fintech, retail (fashion, apparel, beauty, and home), legal, and media. She has been instrumental in building large scale technology centers (Centers of Excellence & Global In-House Centers) in emerging market countries for multinational organizations. She is passionate about community advocacy and civic leadership, and is a champion for issues impacting women in technology. She is a speaker at “Women in Technology” forums, and an influencer for STEM communities across India. She has been awarded the prestigious “Digital Women Leadership Award” in 2018 for her contribution in women in STEM in India. She likes to read books, practice yoga, explore new places, and spend time with her family and pets.
Allison Spinner, Corporate Counsel
Allison Berry Spinner is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Her practice focuses on corporate and securities transactions in the technology sector. She regularly handles corporate governance matters for public and private companies, investment banks, and venture capital and private equity firms.
DaWana Williamson, Innovation Lead
DaWana Williamson is an engineer turned nonprofit operations executive with a demonstrated record of implementing operational structures that have resulted in improved outcomes. She has a diverse background that includes product development and scaling. She has a strong history of process innovation, improvement, and measurement, as well as organizational restructuring and repurposing. DaWana brings a proven ability to successfully lead, innovate, and scale programs and services in fast-paced environments. Her previous role was Senior Vice President of Operations for the YMCA Chicago, a $90 million nonprofit organization, where she led a total of 600 employees in multiple functions including strategy, finance, operations, and grants compliance. DaWana currently serves on the Advisory Board of the David Lynch Foundation, Chicago, an organization dedicated to bringing the practice of Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations, helping them to heal, achieve, and flourish.