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   e  mily@diygirls.org

Emily Chacon

Communications & Administrative  Assistant

emily@diygirls.org


INSTRUCTORS 

  Sylvia Aguiñaga   Curriculum Development

Sylvia Aguiñaga

Curriculum Development

  Patricia Cruz   CSUN, Electrical Engineering

Patricia Cruz

CSUN, Electrical Engineering

  Johanna Guevara   CSUN, Computer Science 

Johanna Guevara

CSUN, Computer Science 

  Daniela Feria   CSUN, Computer Engineering

Daniela Feria

CSUN, Computer Engineering

  Jennifer Luna   LA Valley College, Math Education

Jennifer Luna

LA Valley College, Math Education

  Melvin Fuentes   CSUN, Mechanical Engineering

Melvin Fuentes

CSUN, Mechanical Engineering

 

Board of Directors


Board of Directors


  Megan Westerby, Board Chair   Director of Research  CBS Studios International

Megan Westerby, Board Chair

Director of Research

CBS Studios International

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

Evelyn Gomez

Community Advocate

Former Executive and Program Director, DIY Girls

  Jo Wright   Senior Technical Designer  DICE Los Angeles

Jo Wright

Senior Technical Designer

DICE Los Angeles

  Jesus Perez, Vice-Chair   Sr Principal Mechanical Engineer  Raytheon

Jesus Perez, Vice-Chair

Sr Principal Mechanical Engineer

Raytheon

  Cassy Horton   Director, Regional Advocacy   California Charter Schools Association

Cassy Horton

Director, Regional Advocacy 

California Charter Schools Association

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

Grace H. Woo, Secretary 

Direct of Supply Chain Strategy

 McCormick & Company

     Cari Redington    Director, Retail Strategy, Marketing    Operations, Warner Brothers

 

Cari Redington

Director, Retail Strategy, Marketing

Operations, Warner Brothers

  Jeffrey Weston, Treasurer   Wealth Advisor  Tortuga Wealth Management

Jeffrey Weston, Treasurer

Wealth Advisor

Tortuga Wealth Management

  Michael Todd   Head of Mobile Engineering  Alexa Voice Services, Amazon

Michael Todd

Head of Mobile Engineering

Alexa Voice Services, Amazon

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]