Our Leadership Team

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.

Officers

Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO

Brenda Darden WIlkerson, AnitaB.org CEOBrenda 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. Jacqueline Copeland-Carson, Chief Operating Officer
A seasoned social impact leader and executive, Dr. Jacqueline Copeland-Carson 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, Jacqueline 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.

James Beck, Treasurer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary
James’s keen insights into both accounting and finance ensure that the financial operations at AnitaB.org are well managed. James is also Chief Operating Officer at Mayfield Fund and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. To stay abreast of current trends and issues in business and management, James attended the Berkeley Executive Program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of the Pacific.

Executive Staff

Michelle C. Russell, Vice President, Programs
Michelle C. Russell’s career began as an English teacher at University City High School in Philadelphia. She transitioned to school and district leadership roles in Chicago, IL and Montclair, NJ, culminating with being the proud Principal of TEAM Englewood Community Academy. Michelle now brings her passion for change and commitment to equity to AnitaB.org where she serves as the Vice President of Programs. Her team increases pathways for aspiring women in tech to enter the technology field; supports the development of mid-career women technologists; and works to open doors for female tech founders with a resolute focus on women of color and other marginalized groups. Michelle’s goal is to actualize AnitaB.org’s mission for a world where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it.

Laurie Greer, Vice President, Partner Programs
Laurie joined AnitaB.org in October 2014 where she quickly built dynamic partner relationships and secured key strategic investments on AnitaB.org’s behalf. She brings over 30 years’ experience in Gender Equity, D&I, and representation of underserved communities. Laurie has worked in the nonprofit and government sectors for over 15 years in leadership roles at a number of organizations in the Bay Area including the County of Santa Clara, Catholic Charities, The First Tee of Silicon Valley, and TeenForce, to name a few. Laurie serves on the San Jose Earthquakes Board of Directors and the Board of Advisers for Talentzilla, and is the former Director of the Board for Back to School Backpacks. Laurie received her BA from the University of Iowa.

Carol Gustaveson, Vice President, Business Development
Carol has over 25 years of experience in enterprise sales and sales management, business development, marketing, and project management in technology companies and financial services firms. While at Digital Equipment Corporation, she was the Global Sales Executive for NASA, working there during Anita Borg’s tenure at the company. Carol’s time at Ernst & Young was spent as the only Project Manager in the Western Area, working directly with the Managing Partners to develop strategies to attract new clients and expand existing client relationships. Carol also is on the Board of Advisors for Talentzilla, a gender diversity recruiting and placement firm in Silicon Valley. Carol graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee with a degree in Management Information Systems along with a minor in Marketing.

Mary Kempski, Chief Information Officer 
Mary brings more than 25 years of experience in information technology focusing on business operations, infrastructure, process improvement and application deployment. Most recently she served as Chief Information Officer at Grant & Weber where she was responsible for the strategic vision and execution of scalable systems and technology solutions. Mary has held key technology and executive management leadership positions in the Biotechnology, Healthcare, Semi-Conductor and Cloud Computing Industries. Mary serves on the Board of Directors for The Bili Project Foundation, a non-profit organization partnered with UCSF to develop groundbreaking research in early detection and treatments for bile duct cancers.

Stephanie Rodriguez, Vice President of Policy & Engagement

Geetha Kannan, Senior Vice President, AnitaB.org India
Geetha has over 29 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, having a career spanning Software Development, Organization Transformation, HR, Diversity, and Sales. She has held senior leadership positions, and is responsible for driving growth and change in organizations including Infosys and ANZ Bank-Bangalore. She is passionate about diversity and women entrepreneurship. Geetha has been working actively for close to 13 years with industry associations and partners such as FICCI, CII, Nasscom, DST, the Government of India, and SHRM to promote the inclusion of women. She also previously worked with the leading organizations NIIT, Wipro Systems Ltd, and Raymonds.

Allison SpinnerCorporate 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.