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 

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, Secretary  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]