Founding story


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Founding story


Luz Rivas, Founder

Luz Rivas, an engineer and educator, founded DIY Girls in 2011 at the LA elementary school that she attended. Like girls in our program, Luz is a daughter of Mexican immigrants, born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles. Learning about computer science in 5th grade at her Los Angeles public school eventually led her to attend MIT where she graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Luz started her career as an electrical hardware engineer for Motorola in Chicago and worked in the STEM education field for nearly 15 years. Luz started the DIY Girls program at one school serving 32 girls with a minimal budget, donated supplies and dedicated volunteers and over 4 years grew the organization's budget to over $400,000 allowing more than 500 girls at 10 schools to experience hands-on STEM in Los Angeles. 

In October 2016, Mayor Garcetti appointed her to the Board of Public Works where she will serve as a Commissioner. Luz will remain an advisor to DIY Girls and hopes to work on city-wide STEM initiatives that will reach more kids in LA. 

Stories in the news about how we were founded

Encouraging Girls to Hack and Make [Make Magazine]

DIY Girls: How Fifth Grade Girls can Change the World [American Express]

Team


Team


Evelyn Gomez; Interim Executive Director

Evelyn Gomez; Interim Executive Director

Carmen Ramos; Administrative Manager

Carmen Ramos; Administrative Manager

Alycen Hall; Chief Operating Officer

Alycen Hall; Chief Operating Officer

Sylvia Aguinaga; Director of Curriculum

Sylvia Aguinaga; Director of Curriculum

Keyanay Colvin; Partnerships Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA, & Volunteer Corps Member

Keyanay Colvin; Partnerships Manager, AmeriCorps VISTA, & Volunteer Corps Member


INSTRUCTORS 

 
Hosna Quasmei                               CSUN, Computer Engineering

Hosna Quasmei                               CSUN, Computer Engineering

Vanessa Llandes                                     USC, PHD Biomedical Engineering  

Vanessa Llandes                                     USC, PHD Biomedical Engineering

 

Jayshawna Jones                         CSUN, Manufacturing Systems  Engineering 

Jayshawna Jones                         CSUN, Manufacturing Systems  Engineering 

Jennifer Luna                                         LA Valley College, Engineering 

Jennifer Luna                                         LA Valley College, Engineering 

Johanna Guevara                                    CSUN, Computer Science 

Johanna Guevara                                    CSUN, Computer Science 

Board of Directors


Board of Directors


Megan Westerby, Board Chair VP of Social Content  Astronauts Wanted

Megan Westerby, Board Chair

VP of Social Content

 Astronauts Wanted

Jesus Perez, Vice-Chair Sr Principal Mechanical Engineer Raytheon

Jesus Perez, Vice-Chair

Sr Principal Mechanical Engineer

Raytheon

Liliana Monge Co-Founder and CEO Sabio

Liliana Monge

Co-Founder and CEO

Sabio

Grace H. Woo, Secretary  Direct of Supply Chain Strategy  McCormick & Company

Grace H. Woo, Secretary 

Direct of Supply Chain Strategy

 McCormick & Company

Jo Wright Senior Technical Designer  Sony Computer Entertainment America

Jo Wright

Senior Technical Designer 

Sony Computer Entertainment America

Jeffrey Weston, Treasurer Wealth Advisor Tortuga Wealth Management

Jeffrey Weston, Treasurer

Wealth Advisor

Tortuga Wealth Management

Cassy Horton Director, Regional Advocacy  California Charter Schools Association

Cassy Horton

Director, Regional Advocacy 

California Charter Schools Association