Team


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Team


  Leticia Rodriguez   Executive Director   leticia@diygirls.org

Leticia Rodriguez

Executive Director

leticia@diygirls.org

  Stacey Coria   Programs Coordinator   stacey@diygirls.org

Stacey Coria

Programs Coordinator

stacey@diygirls.org

  Cristina Gutierrez   Director of Programs   cristina@diygirls.org

Cristina Gutierrez

Director of Programs

cristina@diygirls.org

  Ronee Connell   Communications & Administrative Coordinator   ronee@diygirls.org

Ronee Connell

Communications & Administrative Coordinator

ronee@diygirls.org

  Sam Vasquez   Development Manager   sam@diygirls.org

Sam Vasquez

Development Manager

sam@diygirls.org

  Emily Chacon   Communications & Administrative Assistant   emily@diygirls.org

Emily Chacon

Communications & Administrative Assistant

emily@diygirls.org


INSTRUCTORS 

  Diego Barreto   CSUN, Mechanical Engineering

Diego Barreto

CSUN, Mechanical Engineering

  Lesly Custodio   Glendale Community College, Mechanical Engineering

Lesly Custodio

Glendale Community College, Mechanical Engineering

  Fatima Cisneros   Pasadena Community College, Chemical Engineering

Fatima Cisneros

Pasadena Community College, Chemical Engineering

  Melvin Fuentes   Mechanical Engineer

Melvin Fuentes

Mechanical Engineer

  Patricia Cruz   CSUN, Computer Engineering

Patricia Cruz

CSUN, Computer Engineering

  Johanna Guevara   CSUN, Computer Science

Johanna Guevara

CSUN, Computer Science

  Jennifer Luna   LA Valley College, Liberal Studies: Math Education

Jennifer Luna

LA Valley College, Liberal Studies: Math Education

  Ruben Morales   CSUN, Mechanical Engineering

Ruben Morales

CSUN, Mechanical Engineering

  Carlos Orozco   CSUN, Computer Information Technology

Carlos Orozco

CSUN, Computer Information Technology

 

Board of Directors


Board of Directors


  Megan Westerby, Board Chair   Head of Research & Audience Insights  Madison Wells Media

Megan Westerby, Board Chair

Head of Research & Audience Insights

Madison Wells Media

  Jo Wright, Board Chair-elect   Design Line Manager  DICE Los Angeles

Jo Wright, Board Chair-elect

Design Line Manager

DICE Los Angeles

  Jesus Perez, Vice-Chair   Sr Principal Mechanical Engineer  Raytheon

Jesus Perez, Vice-Chair

Sr Principal Mechanical Engineer

Raytheon

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

Grace H. Woo, Secretary

Director of Supply Chain Strategy

McCormick & Company

  Evelyn Gomez, Treasurer   Community Advocate  Former Executive and Program Director, DIY Girls

Evelyn Gomez, Treasurer

Community Advocate

Former Executive and Program Director, DIY Girls


  Priscilla Chavez   Manager, Diversity & Inclusion  PCL Construction

Priscilla Chavez

Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

PCL Construction

  Anabel Giron   Investments Director  California Community Foundation

Anabel Giron

Investments Director

California Community Foundation

  Cassy Horton   Director, Regional Advocacy  California Charter Schools Association

Cassy Horton

Director, Regional Advocacy

California Charter Schools Association

  Tori Pulkka   Technology Consultant & Small  Business Owner, ATP MultiMedia

Tori Pulkka

Technology Consultant & Small

Business Owner, ATP MultiMedia

  Cari Redington   Director, Digital Sales  Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies

Cari Redington

Director, Digital Sales

Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies

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BOARD EMERITUS

  Jeffrey Weston,   Former DIY Girls Board Treasurer  Wealth Advisor  Tortuga Wealth Management

Jeffrey Weston,

Former DIY Girls Board Treasurer

Wealth Advisor

Tortuga Wealth Management

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JOIN OUR BOARD

Join Us Today
If you share our passion for STEAM education, please consider joining our Board of Directors. Together we can build a future where more women of color are a part of the STEAM workforce and possess the skills and competitiveness needed to become the computer programmers, engineers, and scientists of tomorrow. We are particularly interested in candidates with a legal or financial background.

How to Apply
Email diyboard@diygirls.org and include “DIY Girls Board Application” in the subject line. Please provide a brief biography or your professional resume, and answer each of the following questions:

  • Why do you want to join DIY Girls’ Board of Directors?

  • What do you hope to gain from the experience?

  • What knowledge and/or skills do you possess that would be beneficial to our organization?

Download our board recruitment flyer below for more information.  

 

Founding story


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]