Founder & CEO: Tina Lee (@mstinalee)
Tina is a technology professional and mom who's been sleeping sporadically since 2011. Prior to founding MotherCoders, Tina started her career in the private sector, first as a management consultant and then a technical recruiter, before moving on to various roles in the public sector, namely government, philanthropy, and nonprofit.
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.
VP of Programs: Tolu Lawrence (@tolulawrence)
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.
Tolu served on the MotherCoders board prior to becoming VP of Programs. Formerly, she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Representation Project, a non-profit that uses film as a catalyst for cultural transformation.
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.
Board Member: Suzy Hong
Suzy is a Deputy City Attorney at the City and County of San Francisco, where she focuses on public utilities issues involving energy, water and transportation regulation. Formerly, she was a partner at Goodin, MacBride, Squeri & Day, LLP.
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: 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 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.
Bouapha 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, Bouapha was responsible for the management and oversight of the City’s workforce development program budgets.
Board Member: Alex Tran (@alexstran)
Alex is a Senior Product Designer at Pivotal Labs. Formerly, Alex was the Program Manager of Code for America's Fellowship Program and an alumni of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, Alex has executed on diverse philanthropic and 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 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.
Board Member: Brita Vinje
Brita is passionate about the future of tech and dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive industry. She is a Senior Product Manager at Macys.com, where she leads the Women in Tech group and represents her company as an active member of other women in technology groups.
Prior to her role in product, Brita led accounting and finance teams at several start-up companies in the Bay Area and in London. She began her career in audit for Deloitte where she consulted for large international, small private, and not-for-profit companies. While she is no longer in the finance profession, she enjoys serving as a financial mentor to entrepreneurs in her free time.
Brita holds an MBA, with a focus in entrepreneurship and strategy from London’s Imperial College Business School, and a BS in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley.