OUR MISSION

GirlsComputingLeague is a nonprofit working to empower underrepresented groups in technology by fostering the interests of girls in computer science and technology. We aim to remove the misconception that computer science is not a career for women and minorities by redefining what it means to be a computer scientist. We help girls experience first hand that they can be problem solvers and make a social impact by using learning and using technology. We hope that one day, these girls will spread the love for computer science to others.

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EXECUTIVE SUPPORTERS

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Dr. MARIA KLAWE
President of Harvey Mudd College

Dr. Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Dr. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served in various roles from 1988 to 2002. Prior to UBC, Dr. Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. (1977) and B.Sc. (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Klawe is a member of the board of Microsoft Corporation, Broadcom Corporation and the nonprofit Math for America, the chair of the board of the nonprofit EdReports.org, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of the Advisory Council for the Computer Science Teachers Association. She is the recipient of the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and was ranked 17 on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

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TERESA CARLSON
Vice President of Amazon Web Services

Teresa Carson is the head of Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector. She is responsible for strategy, operations, sales and business development for Amazon’s cloud computing business for governments, educational institutions and nonprofits globally. Teresa is very passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, in particular getting young girls excited about computer science and learning to code.

Teresa has an undergraduate and Masters of Science degree in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.

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Dr. LISA FRIEDERSDORF
National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf is the Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. She has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is also a strong advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and has over two decades of experience teaching at both the university and high school levels.

Dr. Friedersdorf earned her PhD and MSE degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in Materials Science and Engineering and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

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Dr. AMARDA SHEHU
George Mason University

Dr. Shehu received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University in Houston, TX in 2008, where she was an NIH fellow of the Nanobiology Training Program of the Gulf Coast Consortia. Dr. Shehu’s research contributions are in computational structural biology, biophysics, and bioinformatics with a focus on issues concerning the relationship between sequence, structure, dynamics, and function in biological molecules.

Her research on probabilistic search and optimization algorithms for protein structure modeling is supported by various NSF programs, including Intelligent Information Systems, Computing Core Foundations, and Software Infrastructure. Dr. Shehu is also the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2012.

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Dr. FINALE DOSHI-VELEZ
Harvard University

Dr. Doshi-Velez is excited about methods to turn data into actionable knowledge. Her core research in machine learning, computational statistics, and data science is inspired by—and often applied to—the objective of accelerating scientific progress and practical impact in healthcare and other domains. <br  />

Prior to joining SEAS @Harvard, she was an NSF CI-TRaCS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. She was a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge from 2007-2009, and she was named one of IEEE’s “AI Top 10 to Watch” in 2013.

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RIA GALANOS
Thomas Jefferson High School

Ria Galanos teaches computer science at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia where she teaches AP Computer Science plus Data Structures and Mobile App Development. She is the assistant division manager for Math-Computer Science and sponsors both the Coding Lady Colonials (an all-girl computer science club) and HackTJ.

Ria is passionate about introducing young people to the field of computer science, teaching them how to program, showing them how to create something from nothing, and making them thirsty to learn more. Her current areas of focus are building the confidence of females in computer science courses and creating interdisciplinary real-world computer science assignments that help make computing relevant and personal for all her students. Her other professional hats include being a Reader for the APCS exam since 2007, running APCS professional development workshops for the College Board, serving on the board of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools, serving on the advisory board of the NSF-funded Computer Science Teaching Tips project, and conducting APCS student review sessions for the National Math and Science Initiative.

Ria holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MAEd in Secondary Mathematics Education from Virginia Tech, and an advanced teaching diploma from Emory University. She is the recipient of the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Educator Award in 2011.

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Tanya La Force

Tanya La Force is an accomplished non-profit and business leader with a proven track record of recruiting, leading and mentoring volunteers and employees to accomplish aggressive goals. She is creative and confident with a decade long career in the non-profit sector. Most recently, Tanya served on the board of the Children’s Science Center leading a team of dozens of volunteers to secure over a million dollars in seed funds from foundations, individuals and corporate sponsors to support the museum’s current programs and plans for a world class children’s science museum.

Tanya has also served as advisor to the museum in many capacities like finance, volunteer management, and planning. Tanya served on the board of directors for the Junior League of Northern Virginia and while living in China, was Contributor and Fundraising Chair to Passport Shanghai, a travel book that was published and sold for profit to benefit local charities. Tanya’s business career as a financial executive at Trilogy Software and AlliedSignal Inc. is her foundation for success in non-profit management. Tanya earned a CPA while working at Deloitte & Touche and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

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