Featured Alums

After picking up marketable tech skills, gaining essential industry knowledge, and building forging connections with peers and tech professionals, MotherCoders alums go on to start new careers and launch new ventures. Those already on a desired career path accelerate advancement toward leadership by leveraging their newfound superpowers.


Launching New Careers

  Mikel Blake   Class of Fall 2014  Web Developer,  Degreed    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node, Angular, ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, MongoDB  Prior to MotherCoders, Mikel had worked as a legal assistant and marketing professional before pausing her career for motherhood. Mikel went on to complete a web development bootcamp at DevMountain after MotherCoders and now works as a developer in EdTech.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  GitHub  |  Portfolio

Mikel Blake

Class of Fall 2014

Web Developer, Degreed

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node, Angular, ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, MongoDB

Prior to MotherCoders, Mikel had worked as a legal assistant and marketing professional before pausing her career for motherhood. Mikel went on to complete a web development bootcamp at DevMountain after MotherCoders and now works as a developer in EdTech.

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  Prisca Ekkens   Class of Fall 2014  Product Designer,  Health Fidelity    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, Swift, UX/UI  Prior to MotherCoders, Prisca was a Visual Designer working full-time in the biotech industry. After falling in love with code, Prisca went on to complete CodePath's iOS bootcamp while still working full-time. Her combination of design and programming skills helped her fully transition into UX design -- and at a health-tech startup, no less!   LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  GitHub  |  Portfolio

Prisca Ekkens

Class of Fall 2014

Product Designer, Health Fidelity

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, Swift, UX/UI

Prior to MotherCoders, Prisca was a Visual Designer working full-time in the biotech industry. After falling in love with code, Prisca went on to complete CodePath's iOS bootcamp while still working full-time. Her combination of design and programming skills helped her fully transition into UX design -- and at a health-tech startup, no less!

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  Alexandra Jayeun Lee   Class of Fall 2016  Creative Director,  Civic Design Lab    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, UX, chatbots, Google Analytics (certified)  Prior to MotherCoders, Alexandra had worked as an architect and urban planner before pausing her career for motherhood. With a background already steeped in user research and design, Alexandra was able to quickly transition into UX.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  Portfolio

Alexandra Jayeun Lee

Class of Fall 2016

Creative Director, Civic Design Lab

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, UX, chatbots, Google Analytics (certified)

Prior to MotherCoders, Alexandra had worked as an architect and urban planner before pausing her career for motherhood. With a background already steeped in user research and design, Alexandra was able to quickly transition into UX.

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  Rebecca Chien   Class of Summer 2016  Customer Experience Program Manager,  Airbnb    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, UX  Prior to MotherCoders, Rebecca had held leadership roles in Operations & Communications in the finance industry before pausing her career for motherhood. MotherCoders helped Rebecca successfully transition into tech by providing the language and industry insights she needed to articulate to potential employers how she could add value.   LinkedIn

Rebecca Chien

Class of Summer 2016

Customer Experience Program Manager, Airbnb

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, UX

Prior to MotherCoders, Rebecca had held leadership roles in Operations & Communications in the finance industry before pausing her career for motherhood. MotherCoders helped Rebecca successfully transition into tech by providing the language and industry insights she needed to articulate to potential employers how she could add value.

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  Irene Florez   Class of Fall 2016  Engineering Intern,  WeVoteUSA    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python, Django  Prior to MotherCoders, Irene had worked as in marketing and journalism before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Irene fell in love with coding and data science. She's now building with Python and Django through her internship, and getting closer to becoming a software engineer everyday.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  GitHub

Irene Florez

Class of Fall 2016

Engineering Intern, WeVoteUSA

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python, Django

Prior to MotherCoders, Irene had worked as in marketing and journalism before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Irene fell in love with coding and data science. She's now building with Python and Django through her internship, and getting closer to becoming a software engineer everyday.

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  Pia Soy   Class of Spring 2014  Web Developer,  Gap Inc.    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, Angular, Bootstrap  Prior to MotherCoders, Pia was working full-time as a cytogenetics scientist in the medical industry. After falling in love with code, Pia went on to complete a JavaScript bootcamp, which enabled her to land a web development job at a startup. Who knew that a year later, she'd be hired by a guest speaker she'd connected with during class -- the manager of Gap's web team.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Pia Soy

Class of Spring 2014

Web Developer, Gap Inc.

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, Angular, Bootstrap

Prior to MotherCoders, Pia was working full-time as a cytogenetics scientist in the medical industry. After falling in love with code, Pia went on to complete a JavaScript bootcamp, which enabled her to land a web development job at a startup. Who knew that a year later, she'd be hired by a guest speaker she'd connected with during class -- the manager of Gap's web team.

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  Zhenzhen You   Class of Fall 2014  Software Engineer,  Pantheon    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, Javascript, Node.js, React.js, Python, SQL  Prior to MotherCoders, Zhenzhen was a researcher at Purdue University, where she learned how to program in SAS. After her experience at MotherCoders deepened an interest in pursing a technical career, she landed an apprenticeship at Techtonica, a nonprofit that trains and pairs women and non-binary adults with corporate sponsors -- a highly-selective program where only 8% of applicants are accepted. Zhenzhen since been hired as a full-time Software Engineer by her corporate sponsor, Pantheon, after completing a short apprenticeship.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Zhenzhen You

Class of Fall 2014

Software Engineer, Pantheon

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Javascript, Node.js, React.js, Python, SQL

Prior to MotherCoders, Zhenzhen was a researcher at Purdue University, where she learned how to program in SAS. After her experience at MotherCoders deepened an interest in pursing a technical career, she landed an apprenticeship at Techtonica, a nonprofit that trains and pairs women and non-binary adults with corporate sponsors -- a highly-selective program where only 8% of applicants are accepted. Zhenzhen since been hired as a full-time Software Engineer by her corporate sponsor, Pantheon, after completing a short apprenticeship.

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  Sarah Doczy   Class of Spring 2014  Web Developer,  CareSource    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, React, Angular, npm, Node, PHP, Ruby, Ember,  Prior to MotherCoders, Sarah was working full-time as a Marketing Analyst at a software company. While she had done pretty well teaching herself to code through online course, MotherCoders enabled her to fully transition into web development by providing the industry overview, peer support, and connections to women in the field needed to break into tech.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  Portfolio

Sarah Doczy

Class of Spring 2014

Web Developer, CareSource

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, React, Angular, npm, Node, PHP, Ruby, Ember,

Prior to MotherCoders, Sarah was working full-time as a Marketing Analyst at a software company. While she had done pretty well teaching herself to code through online course, MotherCoders enabled her to fully transition into web development by providing the industry overview, peer support, and connections to women in the field needed to break into tech.

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  Gulnara Khalitova   Class of Fall 2016  Data Analyst,  Talisman Systems Group    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, Python  Prior to MotherCoders, Gulnara had worked as a Database Coordinator in the Management Consulting industry before pausing her career for motherhood. She fell in love with data science through our program and landed a new job shortly thereafter. Never one to stagnate, Gulnara immediately began started learning Python, which she's now using at work.   LinkedIn

Gulnara Khalitova

Class of Fall 2016

Data Analyst, Talisman Systems Group

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Python

Prior to MotherCoders, Gulnara had worked as a Database Coordinator in the Management Consulting industry before pausing her career for motherhood. She fell in love with data science through our program and landed a new job shortly thereafter. Never one to stagnate, Gulnara immediately began started learning Python, which she's now using at work.

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  Kimberly Voisin   Class of Fall 2014  UX Research Assistant, Adwords,  Google    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, UX/UI  Prior to MotherCoders, Kimberly was working as an Urban Planner before pausing her career for motherhood. After learning to code and building on the design skills she'd acquired through MotherCoders, Kimberly successfully transitioned into UX design.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Kimberly Voisin

Class of Fall 2014

UX Research Assistant, Adwords, Google

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, UX/UI

Prior to MotherCoders, Kimberly was working as an Urban Planner before pausing her career for motherhood. After learning to code and building on the design skills she'd acquired through MotherCoders, Kimberly successfully transitioned into UX design.

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Empowering Entrepreneurs

  Rosalind Bordo   Class of Fall 2016  Co-Founder, Stealth Mobile App   Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript  Prior to MotherCoders, Rosalind had worked as a management consultant and wedding photographer before founding an online publishing platform for the wedding industry. After pausing her career for motherhood, Rosalind is now diving back into entrepreneurship by co-founding a civic engagement mobile app.   LinkedIn

Rosalind Bordo

Class of Fall 2016

Co-Founder, Stealth Mobile App

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript

Prior to MotherCoders, Rosalind had worked as a management consultant and wedding photographer before founding an online publishing platform for the wedding industry. After pausing her career for motherhood, Rosalind is now diving back into entrepreneurship by co-founding a civic engagement mobile app.

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  Sysamone Phaphon   Class of Fall 2016  Founder,  FilmHero    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, UX  Prior to MotherCoders, Sysamone was a healthcare professional turned startup founder. She relaunched  Groupeezz , a mobile app for moviegoers, as  FilmHero , a platform for independent filmmakers looking to connect with inspired fans, after applying the user research methods she learned in our training program to find product/market fit .   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Sysamone Phaphon

Class of Fall 2016

Founder, FilmHero

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, UX

Prior to MotherCoders, Sysamone was a healthcare professional turned startup founder. She relaunched Groupeezz, a mobile app for moviegoers, as FilmHero, a platform for independent filmmakers looking to connect with inspired fans, after applying the user research methods she learned in our training program to find product/market fit .

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  Winnie Fung   Class of Summer 2016  Freelance Web Designer   Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, Web Design  Prior to MotherCoders, Winner had worked as a youth educator and nonprofit professional before pausing her career for motherhood. Through MotherCoders, Winnie discovered a knack for web design, so now she helps businesses create websites.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Winnie Fung

Class of Summer 2016

Freelance Web Designer

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design

Prior to MotherCoders, Winner had worked as a youth educator and nonprofit professional before pausing her career for motherhood. Through MotherCoders, Winnie discovered a knack for web design, so now she helps businesses create websites.

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  Margaret Lee   Class of Summer 2016  Founder, Stealth Mobile App   Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Swift  Prior to MotherCoders, Margaret had worked as a marketing director in the gaming industry before pausing her career for motherhood. Since completing our program, Margaret's gone on to build a prototype of a mobile app aimed at parents.   LinkedIn

Margaret Lee

Class of Summer 2016

Founder, Stealth Mobile App

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Swift

Prior to MotherCoders, Margaret had worked as a marketing director in the gaming industry before pausing her career for motherhood. Since completing our program, Margaret's gone on to build a prototype of a mobile app aimed at parents.

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  Sophia Eng   Class of Fall 2016  Growth Hacking Consultant   Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery  Sophia is a growth hacker with experience overseeing user acquisition for startup and enterprise SaaS companies. Through MotherCoders, Sophia has plugged into a network of support that's inspired her to author her first book on Growth Hacking.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  Portfolio

Sophia Eng

Class of Fall 2016

Growth Hacking Consultant

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery

Sophia is a growth hacker with experience overseeing user acquisition for startup and enterprise SaaS companies. Through MotherCoders, Sophia has plugged into a network of support that's inspired her to author her first book on Growth Hacking.

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  Masharika Maddison   Class of Fall 2016  Founder,  LightWell    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, UX  Prior to MotherCoders, Masharika was working full-time as the Executive Director of a nonprofit. She's since started an executive coaching business, LightWell, focused on helping social changemakers advance justice.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Masharika Maddison

Class of Fall 2016

Founder, LightWell

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, UX

Prior to MotherCoders, Masharika was working full-time as the Executive Director of a nonprofit. She's since started an executive coaching business, LightWell, focused on helping social changemakers advance justice.

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Advancing Careers

  Robin Ahn   Class of Fall 2015  Customer Success Manager,  Allay, Inc.   Prior to MotherCoders, Robin held content and community management positions at various tech startups. Through our program, she gained the skills, knowledge, and confidence she needed to re-enter the workforce and move into a role with greater career advancement opportunities.   LinkedIn

Robin Ahn

Class of Fall 2015

Customer Success Manager, Allay, Inc.

Prior to MotherCoders, Robin held content and community management positions at various tech startups. Through our program, she gained the skills, knowledge, and confidence she needed to re-enter the workforce and move into a role with greater career advancement opportunities.

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  Janalynn Castillo   Class of Fall 2016  Project Coordinator,  CA Primary Care Association    Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design   Shortly after MotherCoders, Jana received a salary increase at her annual evaluation, which was in no small part due to the addition of her newly acquired tech skills. Whereas she'd been intimidated by tech before, Jana is now the first to raise her hand whenever a tech initiative launches at work. She's even taking classes in Healthcare Analytics and Health IT so she can increase her ability to affect health outcomes for low-income children.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Janalynn Castillo

Class of Fall 2016

Project Coordinator, CA Primary Care Association

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design

Shortly after MotherCoders, Jana received a salary increase at her annual evaluation, which was in no small part due to the addition of her newly acquired tech skills. Whereas she'd been intimidated by tech before, Jana is now the first to raise her hand whenever a tech initiative launches at work. She's even taking classes in Healthcare Analytics and Health IT so she can increase her ability to affect health outcomes for low-income children.

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  Carmen Diaz   Class of Fall 2014  Software Engineer,  Omada Health    Technical Skills:  HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node, Python, Ruby on Rails, Postgress, MySQL  Prior to MotherCoders, Carmen worked as a backend Ruby Engineer before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Carmen developed front-end web development skills, which enabled her to become a full-stack web developer.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter  |  GitHub  |  Portfolio

Carmen Diaz

Class of Fall 2014

Software Engineer, Omada Health

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node, Python, Ruby on Rails, Postgress, MySQL

Prior to MotherCoders, Carmen worked as a backend Ruby Engineer before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Carmen developed front-end web development skills, which enabled her to become a full-stack web developer.

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  Lillian Flee   Class of Fall 2016  Social Impact Partnership Coordinator,  San Francisco Public Utilities Commission   Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design, Salesforce  Prior to MotherCoders, Lillian worked for a nonprofit publisher, but wanted to make a shift into a more technical role. MotherCoders provided the perfect platform to explore opportunities and gave her the confidence to apply for jobs outside of her publishing background. She is now working on the SFPUC Community Benefits team overseeing a Salesforce migration, managing their data organization, and serving as the liaison between firms and the SFPUC in regards to their Community Benefits technical reporting.   LinkedIn

Lillian Flee

Class of Fall 2016

Social Impact Partnership Coordinator, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design, Salesforce

Prior to MotherCoders, Lillian worked for a nonprofit publisher, but wanted to make a shift into a more technical role. MotherCoders provided the perfect platform to explore opportunities and gave her the confidence to apply for jobs outside of her publishing background. She is now working on the SFPUC Community Benefits team overseeing a Salesforce migration, managing their data organization, and serving as the liaison between firms and the SFPUC in regards to their Community Benefits technical reporting.

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  Jahvita Rastafari   Class of Fall 2016  Senior Program Marketing Manager,  Code For America   Jahvita was a Social Media Marketing Manager at  Act-On  Software prior to MotherCoders. Shortly after completing our program, she was promoted to Senior Brand Marketing Program Manager, a role she now holds at Code For America.   LinkedIn  |  Twitter

Jahvita Rastafari

Class of Fall 2016

Senior Program Marketing Manager, Code For America

Jahvita was a Social Media Marketing Manager at Act-On Software prior to MotherCoders. Shortly after completing our program, she was promoted to Senior Brand Marketing Program Manager, a role she now holds at Code For America.

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  Johanna Silva Waki   Class of Spring 2014  State & Local Director,  EMILY's List   Prior to MotherCoders, Johanna was the principal of a PR & Communications consultancy. After getting a confidence boost from developing marketable tech skills, she went after her dream job, where her responsibilities include using her UX skills to help political candidates build better websites -- a must-have in today's competitive media landscape.

Johanna Silva Waki

Class of Spring 2014

State & Local Director, EMILY's List

Prior to MotherCoders, Johanna was the principal of a PR & Communications consultancy. After getting a confidence boost from developing marketable tech skills, she went after her dream job, where her responsibilities include using her UX skills to help political candidates build better websites -- a must-have in today's competitive media landscape.

 
  Vonnie Chan   Class of Fall 2016  Director,  Mothership Hackermoms   Prior to MotherCoders, Vonnie worked as a Manager of Finance and Human Resources specializing in nonprofit organizations before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Vonnie developed tech skills that enabled her to take on more responsibility in growing the membership of Mothership Hackermoms, the first women's hackerspace focused on DIY craft and maker culture, entrepreneurship, and all manners of creative expression.   LinkedIn

Vonnie Chan

Class of Fall 2016

Director, Mothership Hackermoms

Prior to MotherCoders, Vonnie worked as a Manager of Finance and Human Resources specializing in nonprofit organizations before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Vonnie developed tech skills that enabled her to take on more responsibility in growing the membership of Mothership Hackermoms, the first women's hackerspace focused on DIY craft and maker culture, entrepreneurship, and all manners of creative expression.

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