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.
Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland, Chief Operating Officer
A seasoned social impact leader and executive, Dr. Jacqueline 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, 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.
Jo Anne Lee, Chief Financial Officer
Jo Anne comes with over 20 years of finance experience ranging from strategy, planning, and analytics to controllership finance. She has held various leadership roles across various industries including hi-tech, healthcare, consumer goods, internet services, and software. She has provided financial oversight to global business unit divisions, direct and indirect supply chain operations, and manufacturing sites. She brings with her a unique understanding of established corporations as well as startup environments which have distinct and diverse financial needs. Jo Anne graduated from Northwestern University and has an MBA from SDA Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.
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.
Michelle Flatt, Vice President, Programs
Michelle Flatt’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 the AnitaB.org mission for a world where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it.
Victoria Hughes, Vice President, People and Culture
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.
Maggie Inbamuthiah, Interim 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.
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.
Robert Read, Vice President, Business Development and Partnership Success
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.
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.