Founder/CEO: Tina Lee (@mstinalee)
Tina is a technology professional and mom who's been sleeping sporadically since 2011. Prior to founding MotherCoders, Tina has held roles in government and the nonprofit and private sectors. In 2015, under Tina’s leadership, MotherCoders won a finalist prize in the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge, a contest where only 25 organizations were chosen out of nearly 800 applicants for their innovative work and social impact. Most recently, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named Tina in their 2016 YBCA 100 list, an annual compilation of creative minds, makers, and pioneers that are shaping American culture.
A lifelong San Franciscan, Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political, Legal and Economic Analysis from Mills College, and an MBA from their Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. In 2010, Tina received her M.A. in Education from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, where her studies in their Learning, Design & Technology Program focused on how technology can be used to foster civic engagement.
Tina writes and speaks regularly on topics related to the new economy, including digital inclusion, workforce development, and the changing needs of women and families.
Director of Instruction: Jodessa Lanzaderas
Jodessa is Full Stack Engineer with a passion for learning and teaching. As a voracious and avid learner, Jodessa received her dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Economics from Mills College in 2012. While pursuing her degree, her passion for teaching was born after serving two years as a Computer Science and Economics teaching assistant. She has then work for a startup in San Francisco gaining valuable experience and insights on the software development process from product inception to product delivery. Jodessa strives to increase women and diversity in tech by continuously volunteering at her alma mater teaching summer coding workshops and mentoring first-generation college women towards Computer Science. She continuously teaches advance computer science topics through private tutoring.
Jodessa is an avid believer that technology is a powerful tool that will continuously improve our lives and change society. She strives to utilize her technical skills and experience to usher in MotherCoders participants to the world of technology. When she is not busy learning a new programming language or teaching someone how to code, you may find her wandering around one the many beautiful hiking trails in the Bay Area or somewhere backpacking across a different country. She currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Intern: Tessa Mazzucco (@better.then.apples)
Tessa is a leader of her school's science club and founder of the robotics club. When she's not sitting behind her computer coding or geeking out about Sci-fi movies, she enjoys fencing, competitive gaming, cooking vegetarian food, cosplay-ing, practicing her American Sign Language, and tending to her urban garden.
Board Member: Denise Heitzenroder (@dhjmh)
Denise is an experienced advocate, organizer, tech evangelist and nonprofit manager. A self proclaimed model United Nations and model Congress nerd, Denise was bit by the political bug when just in middle school and became dedicated to youth engagement and leadership development. She has worked on numerous candidate and issue campaigns. An organizer and networker at heart, she enjoys leveraging new technologies to build communities, coalitions and empower grassroots advocacy. She was most recently the Director of Outreach & Social Media at Reinventors Network.
In addition to MotherCoders, Denise currently serves on the board of New Leaders Council, a nonprofit that provides training for outstanding young professionals working for social change, and volunteers with the United Way of the Bay Area on policy initiatives to cut poverty in the Bay Area in half by 2020. On an average week you’ll find her jumping between events discussing everything from power of technology to transform politics and society, to women’s issues, civil and human rights and more.
Board Member: Suzy Hong
Suzy is an attorney and partner at Goodin, MacBride, Squeri & Day, LLP, where she specializes in regulatory and transactional matters for public utilities, particularly renewable energy issues. Before joining Goodin MacBride, Suzy was an associate at BCK Law, P.C., located in the Greater Boston area. There she represented non-profit and community-based clients before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Prior to that, she served as Legal Counsel in the Legal Division of the California Public Utilities Commission.
Suzy graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, and obtained her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is a member of both the California and Massachusetts State Bars, and is an International Association of Privacy Professionals,Certified Information Privacy Professional. She has also served as a mentor for the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area mentorship program.
Board Member: Tolu Lawrence (@tolulawrence)
Tolu is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Representation Project, a non-profit that uses film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, inspiring individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, or circumstance, can fulfill their human potential.
Tolu is a connector and strategic thinker with over a decade of experience working with federal policymakers, international nonprofit organizations, philanthropic corporations, and entrepreneurs to make a positive impact one policy, product, and project at a time. She specializes in developing partnerships and audience engagement strategies that empower stakeholders and build strong foundations for sustainable growth.
A Bay Area transplant by way of Nigeria, Iowa, and finally, Washington, DC, she has managed a successful Congressional reelection campaign, chaired the International Track of the largest HIV/AIDS conference in the United States, created The San Francisco Foundation’s Bay Area Bold Summit and Festival, and was recognized for her work in organizing the 4th Annual San Francisco Women’s Policy Summit. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University Washington College of Law and is a member of the California Bar. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter.
Board Member: Bouapha Toommaly
Bouapha serves as the Chief Financial Officer at ISEEED, bringing hands-on fiscal and operational management experience to the I-SEEED team with a top-level, holistic perspective focused on maximizing impact for our communities.
Bouapha Toommaly has worked for the past 20 years for a variety of national and local social change, social service, and governance organizations as an agent of change. Her career has focused on building, maintaining, and improving integrity of financial, programmatic and operational infrastructure that supports organizations in achieving their mission.
Ms. Toommaly began her career as a Youth Organizer at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), where she worked with young women in the Laotian community to organize around environmental justice issues in Richmond, CA. In 2007, she was appointed Special Assistant to Mayor of Oakland Ronald V. Dellums to track legislation from City Council, appointments to the City’s boards and commissions. Additionally, Ms. Toommaly was responsible for the management and oversight of the City’s workforce development program budgets.
Board Member: Alex Tran (@alexstran)
Alex is a User Experience designer and researcher who was formerly the Program Manager of Code for America's Fellowship Program. He is an advocate working at the intersections of technology and public service. Most recently he developed digital literacy trainings for leading Bay Area nonprofits, philanthropies and social enterprises at ZeroDivide Foundation. An alumni of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, Alex has executed on diverse public service projects, including revamping the San Francisco Dept. of Public Work’s web presence, creating Digital Divide focused conferences for the California Emerging Technology Fund, and pitching a winning social enterprise mobile app concept to a panel of funders.
Alex also has extensive community organizing experience as a Public Allies AmeriCorps volunteer and through leading climate change lobbying efforts in DC with 350.org and students from Pomona College, where he studied public policy and environmental science.