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 joins AnitaB.org from the Chicago Public Schools, where she most recently served as Director of Computer Science and IT Education. She brings with her 15 years of experience working in education as an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. She also has 15 years of direct technology experience in IT project management and software development at companies such as Sears, Notis Systems, and Kraft, among others.
James Beck, Treasurer, Vice President and Corporate Secretary
James Beck’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.
Elizabeth Ames, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alliances, and Programs
Prior to Elizabeth’s role at AnitaB.org, she held management positions in marketing and strategy at Apple, Verifone, Netcentives, Vontu, Certive, Plastic Logic, and RETHINK Partners, where she was Founder and CEO. Elizabeth received her BFA from the University of Hartford and her MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.
Jody Mahoney, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Jody Mahoney has a broad understanding of business development within the tech and non-profit sector. She has worked as an independent strategy consultant, developed strategic partnerships with many F500 companies, and generated over $40M for social enterprise and social change companies. Jody earned her BA from Antioch University and her MFA from Warren Wilson College.
Audrey Van Belleghem, Senior Vice President, Operations and VP & GM, Grace Hopper Celebration
Prior to joining AnitaB.org, Audrey was Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of Product Operations at NetApp, a $6 billion company providing innovative storage and data management solutions. In April, 2012, Audrey was selected as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal. In June of 2011, she was selected by TechWomen to serve in their inaugural program as a Technical Mentor. An initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, TechWomen paired leaders in Silicon Valley with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa and were formally recognized by Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State. Audrey is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Women’s Engineering Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.
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.
Jeanne Hultquist, Vice President, Marketing, Strategy, and Alliances
Jeanne leads strategy development for scaling the impact of this social enterprise and builds strategic alliances with organizations aligned with ABI’s mission. She also manages the marketing team. Prior to joining AnitaB.org, Jeanne had a 20-year career focused on developing and marketing innovative products and services in emerging consumer tech markets. She spent nine years at Apple where she was the marketing lead on numerous intrapreneurial product, market, and channel initiatives. She was a member of the team that launched Newton, the first personal digital assistant. Jeanne has also led marketing at several venture-funded startups focused on mobile and collaboration technologies. Jeanne is active on the Alumni Selection Committee of the George M. Pullman Educational Foundation. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mary Kempski, Vice President and 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.
Geetha Kannan, Senior Vice President, AnitaB.org India
Geetha Kannan 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.
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