Your Hackbright Team

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Education Team - Software Engineering Program
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Meggie Mahnken
Sr. Director of Education
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Meggie Mahnken
Sr. Director of Education
Years ago, Meggie soul-searchingly parted with studies in social cognition and feminist theory to become a software engineer. After spending time as an internal tools software engineer, she is now the Senior Director of Education at Hackbright.
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Henry Chen
Instructor
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Henry Chen
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Oakland Software Engineering Program Instructor. After receiving his Physics PhD from Harvard, he joined and co-founded a startup, where he learned to program. He has worked as a data scientist and software engineer for several years. Henry is a former mentor at Hackbright and had so much fun that he decided to do it full-time!
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Rachel Traina-Grandon
Lab Instructor
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Rachel Traina-Grandon
Lab Instructor
Rachel graduated with a BA in Political Philosophy but derailed a law-bound path to pursue her love for technology. After working in various tech roles in the Bay Area and finding herself wanting more, she took a leap, enrolled in Hackbright's Software Engineering Program, and started working as a Software Engineer. Since then, she has been involved in other women's coding journeys and loves her work at Hackbright as an Instructor.
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Ashley Trinh
Instructor
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Ashley Trinh
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Oakland Software Engineering Program Instructor. A Hackbright grad, Ashley studied Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts and Music at the University of California, San Diego where she focused on user experience research and design. Besides teaching and coding, Ashley also enjoys playing video games, rating pizza, and indulging in reality television.
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Heather Mahan
Instructor
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Heather Mahan
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South Bay Full-Time Software Engineering Program Instructor. Heather is a Bay Area native and Hackbright graduate with a background in technical writing and linguistics. She is passionate about making tech accessible to all, especially underserved communities, because she believes that technology is the future; everyone deserves the opportunity to help shape it. She also participates in local justice work as an organizer with STAND San Jose.
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Romain Komorn
Lab Instructor
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Romain Komorn
Lab Instructor
South Bay Full-Time Software Engineering Program Instructor. Romain's partner, Chung, graduated from Hackbright in December 2016, inspiring him to join Hackbright to help #changetheratio . Previously, he worked in operations-oriented roles from 2004 to 2016, most recently spending 6 years as a Production Engineer and manager at Facebook. He also received a certificate of Professional Culinary Arts from San Francisco Cooking school in February 2017.
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Allian Roman
Instructor
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Allian Roman
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San Francisco Part-Time Software Engineering Program Instructor. Allian graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a BS in mechanical engineering. While working in a factory, she realized how important software is in manufacturing and was inspired to learn how to code. After graduating Hackbright in March 2016, she went off to develop manufacturing web applications at GE Digital. In her free time, she's learning AI, ML, DL, and aspiring to work on self-driving car technology.
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Dave Galbraith
Instructor
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Dave Galbraith
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San Francisco Part-Time Software Engineering Program Instructor. Dave has been programming for startups in San Francisco since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2014. He’s constantly looking to learn new things and lives to help others.
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Education Team - Prep
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Mike Omoto
Instructor
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Mike Omoto
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South Bay Prep Instructor.
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David Lindes
Instructor
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David Lindes
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San Francisco Prep Instructor. Some 25 years ago, David was fortunate enough to have a wonderful and talented woman as a mentor. And then another, at his next job. And soon, yet more! Over the course of a career in the UNIX world, though, he was disappointed to find himself in an increasing number of all-male work environments. He is thrilled to join Hackbright, both to pay forward the support he got, and to help #changetheratio.
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Seema Ullal
Instructor
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Seema Ullal
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San Francisco Prep Instructor. Seema studied Applied Mathematics at UCLA and computer science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Being a Hackbright instructor combines two things that bring her joy: teaching and programming. Seema has been a mentor at Hackbright since she moved to San Francisco and she’s extremely passionate about improving diversity in technology.
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Career Development & Alumnae Services
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Jen Low
Sr. Career Developer
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Jen Low
Sr. Career Developer
Jen joins Hackbright with a wide range of higher education experience in new student orientation programs, career coaching, MBA admissions, and graduate academic advising. Before Hackbright, she worked at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business providing academic and student support to MBA students. Prior to that she provided career coaching to graduate STEM students at NYU and is excited to join Hackbright to coach women in tech.
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Kelly Jamison
Career Developer
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Kelly Jamison
Career Developer
Kelly began her career in career services working with STEM students at NYU and also has experience supporting adult career transitioners and individuals with learning differences. She is excited to join the Hackbright team as a student success coach and appreciates the role a fulfilling vocation plays in our overall wellness.
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Aileen Bautista
Alumnae Community Project Manager
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Aileen Bautista
Alumnae Community Project Manager
Aileen comes to Hackbright with a background in career services, marketing, and admissions at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. She joined Hackbright's Career team to continue helping students achieve their career aspirations, while working to diversify the tech industry.
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Staff & Admin
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Dori Grant
Executive Director
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Dori Grant
Executive Director
Dori came to Hackbright from a bay area university where she recruited and ran admissions for their business school. By joining Hackbright she is looking to support the women in tech movement and create impactful change.
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Ilana Bercovitz
Director of Marketing
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Ilana Bercovitz
Director of Marketing
Ilana is a product marketing professional who specializes in bringing innovative products to market and evangelizing the products she loves most. She has spent the last 10 years diving into the intersection between technology and society. You can find her writing featured on SmallBizTrends, ReTargeter, Dream of a Nation, and many others.
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Sarah McClure
Business Development Coordinator
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Sarah McClure
Business Development Coordinator
Sarah is passionate about changing the ratio of women in tech and jumped at the chance to help women within her native Bay Area. Sarah works to facilitate connections between Hackbright alumnae and hiring companies as well as managing Hackbright’s hiring events.
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Victoria Davis
Sr. Admissions Counselor
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Victoria Davis
Sr. Admissions Counselor
Victoria is a huge advocate for the empowerment of women and girls. As a council member of Fair Play for Girls in Sports, she fights for girls to have access to the same resources as boys in sports and recreation. She joined Hackbright to help change the ratio and be a helpful tool and resource to every woman in their goal to make their stamp on the tech industry.
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Tori Tsu
Brand & Content Marketing Manager
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Tori Tsu
Brand & Content Marketing Manager
A passionate storyteller, Tori brings 10 years of marketing experience to Hackbright. Specializing in Brand, Content, and Corporate Social Responsibility, she believes in the power of human connection. Outside the office, you can find her exploring the Bay Area food scene, and teaching group fitness.
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Duponte Bullock
Office Coordinator
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Duponte Bullock
Office Coordinator
Duponte has worked in a variety of roles at several leading startup and tech companies in San Francisco. As Office Coordinator, he is committed to maintaining a fun and vibrant community for Hackbright students and alumnae. Away from work, you can catch him at the Oakland Coliseum cheering for the A’s, or off the beaten path searching for adventures.
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