Senior Leadership Team
We connect, inspire and guide women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. The AnitaB.org staff and board are made up of people who are passionate about what women and non-binary individuals can bring to technology. We understand their needs 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.
Senior Leadership Team
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 CS For All initiatives.
Senior Leadership Staff
Ahmed Khan, who currently serves as Chief Financial Officer at AnitaB.org, has been a dedicated finance executive with 25 years of knowledge and experience, primarily in the not-for-profit industry and in health care management.
Prior to joining AnitaB.org, he served as CFO for Greenheart International and worked for Rotary International, both not-for-profit entities based in Chicago.
Ahmed managed all aspects of entities, financial consolidations and reporting, tax, regulatory compliance, risk management, strategic planning, budget and forecast, Fair Trade wholesale and operations in over 20 countries located in Asia, Europe, South America, North America, and Africa.
He served as a board member and on many committees, working closely with the Board of Trustees both in the United States and international entities.
He had key roles in establishing not-for-profit entities and agency operations in Asia, Europe and in South America.
Ahmed also served as a senior manager with Advocate Health Partners Operations, a division of Advocate Health Care.
Chief of Staff
Cullen is the Chief of Staff at AnitaB.org. He provides strategic counsel to CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson and members of the executive team. He’s been a member of the organization since February 2019 when he originally joined as Director of Strategic Alliances. As Director, Cullen engaged allied organizations in efforts to advance the mission of AnitaB.org.Prior to joining AnitaB.org, Cullen served as the Managing Director of Computer Science for Teach For America. In that role, Cullen helped teachers, school leaders, and community stakeholders from across TFA’s 51 regions build capacity for designing and implementing culturally responsive PK-12 CS education programs. Before making the leap to non-profit life, Cullen served as the Supervisor of Information Technology Programs for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and spent several years in the classroom teaching Spanish, Social Studies, and Computer Science courses.
In his spare time, you’ll find Cullen enjoying the outdoors with his family — hiking, cycling, and running — or cooking up a storm for his family (and his friends in the before times). It’s his life’s joy to dramatically read books for his toddler daughter. He also has an unhealthy obsession with Nebraska Cornhuskers football and love-hates fixing up his old house.
Elly Ahn McCloud
Elly Ahn McCloud
Head of Global Events
Elly Ahn McCloud, CEM, CMM, serves as Head of Global Events for AnitaB.org, overseeing the event portfolio, including the annual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). She brings 20+ years of international experience in strategic planning, sales, marketing and execution of conferences, trade shows and events.
Elly has worked for global events leader Messe Frankfurt, non-profit organizations, corporations incl. SolarCity and TESLA, and large-scale events like the LA Auto Show, the AutoMobility LA conference and LIGHTFAIR. She led teams and cross-functional collaboration to deliver event excellence across different industries and to connect attendees, audiences, sponsors, partners, and communities.
Elly has lived and worked on multiple continents and holds two degrees from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She now calls Los Angeles, CA home and enjoys tennis, hiking, traveling, and exploring new locations and cuisines.
Chief Operating Officer
Lucia Hicks-Williams brings more than 30 years of strategic leadership and expertise in the technology industry across operations, marketing, distribution, product development, data services, consumer experiences, and organizational transformation. She is a tenacious and creative problem solver with the keen ability to leverage both data analytics and collaboration across functional areas to drive innovation and excellence. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at AnitaB.org, overseeing Operations, Data, Evidence & Influence, People & Culture, IT, Community and Membership Programs. Her distinguished career includes founding Get UP! Business Development Services, Inc, a San Francisco Bay Area consultancy, executive positions at San Francisco Consulting Group (SFCG), General Magic, Inc., Splunk, Sybase, Inc., Sun Microsystems and 3Com Corporation where she built her reputation as an inspirational, yet humble leader. Her passion and commitment to social growth drew her to work for many nonprofits including the Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Youth Speaks, and Intersection for the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
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