Executive Director, Jen previously worked at Motorola Mobility, A Google Company and Abbott Labs as a member of the HR teams. She spent 5 years working in Talent Acquisition as a part of the recruitment process, hiring top tier tech talent. After volunteering for two years with Citizen Schools, Jen grew deeply passionate about working with underserved communities in Chicago and raising young women to be future change makers. As a North Park University Graduate, she utilizes her philanthropic attitude for individual and community development. Jen is available to answer any questions you may have about Brave and it's programs, feel free to reach out to her directly at email@example.com.
Director of Curriculum and Program Development, Emily is a third-year Ph.D. Student in the Technology and Social Behavior program at Northwestern University. Emily is interested in building online tools to improve motivation, collaboration, and self-efficacy. Emily received her B.S. in Social Anthropology and Psychology from Harvard University. Prior to doctoral studies, Emily worked for Walt Disney Imagineering in the Disney Research behavioral sciences team. She is also a cofounder of Youth Lead the Change, a global youth leadership organization that empowers youth to reach their full potential as leaders. Find her on Twitter @eharburg!
Director of Research and Regional Director of Jamaica, Anna is a 3rd-year Ph.D student at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. Her research interests include building youth civic leaders, civic tech, design-thinking education, and design for equity. She received a BA in economics from Stanford University and previously worked as an economics researcher and as a program coordinator at a start-up in Silicon Valley. Anna also hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica!
Regional Director of Detroit, Robin is an Assistant Professor and Presidential Fellow at University of Michigan. Robin builds tools to support digitally-isolated populations in communicating online. Not only is she interested in providing internet access to people more broadly, but is also active in increasing technology literacy for under-represented minority populations. Robin received her B.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland M.S. in Human-Centered Computing from UMBC, and Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior from Northwestern University, and has worked as a researcher at Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft Research.
Program Coordinator and Events Manager, Erin is a recent graduate of Northwestern University and currently completing a Northwestern University Public Interest Program Fellowship with Brave. Erin received her BA in Linguistics and Psychology from Northwestern, and completed research on how the language we use impacts our social surroundings. In her free time, she enjoys exploring free cultural programming in Chicago.
Head of Curriculum, Leesha recently graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in Computer Science. She is interested in human computer interaction research, and explores social computing and crowdsourcing systems at Delta Lab. She enjoys applying human centered design and a research oriented approach to her technology projects. In her free time, she loves to explore ways in which she can empower women in computing. Feel free to reach out to her on Twitter @lmaliakal!
Code Coach & Curriculum Developer, is a graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Physics. James has experience in all STEM fields and has a passion to grow the interest in STEM learning among middle school and high school students, especially coding and computer science. He currently works as a software developer in downtown Chicago where he enjoys writing websites and programs that work with big data.
Code Coach, Mmachi is a Ph.D. Student in Computer Science at Northwestern University, where she conducts research in the TIDAL lab. She also works at the University of Jos, Nigeria. Her interests include finding alternative ways of teaching Computer Science, as well as building technology in developing countries and in situations where there is infrastructural deficit. Mmachi received her B.S. from the University of Jos, Nigeria and her MSc. from Northwestern University.
Code Coach, Rey is a first year PhD student in Media, Technology and Society at Northwestern University. Rey received her bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy at Tehran University and her Masters in Health Psychology from University of Sussex. She has spent the past 8 years in different NGOs in Tehran, Iran in the field of health and cancer. Rey has been engaged in advocacy project in health promotion and has been holding various workshops in health communication including communication skills, body language, information provision, etc. and has spent two years as a grief consultant in Tehran cancer Institute's hospice . Her research interest is focused on collective action and science communication. She particularly enjoys stargazing and doodling.
Design Mentor, Natalia is a PhD Student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Her research explores youth civic learning with digital tools. Natalia has designed curriculum for and taught media production, media literacy and web development to youth in Philadelphia and Chicago. Natalia is passionate about supporting the advancement of girls and women in media, politics, entrepreneurship, music and technology through initiatives like Brave and Girls Rock Camp as a volunteer, educator, and activist.
Nicole is a graduate from Miami University with a Bachelors of Science in Education focused on middle school science and language arts. Over the past four years, she has been a middle school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools as well as the Archdiocese of Chicago. Although she enjoys working with the Chicago youth, she has decided to explore the area of computer science for herself and will be attending Northwestern's Coding Bootcamp in the fall of 2017. At Brave, Nicole hopes to continue exercising her passion and experience in the classroom as she pursues a transition into the tech field for herself.
Kenna is a current Computer Science major at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with significant amount of experience in mentoring students as a youth group leader, volleyball coach and other roles in athletics/clubs throughout her education. She was most recently involved with a start-up, working with grade school students mentoring them in coding. Kenna has spent many years running her own networking and social media accounts and hopes to inspire women through her love programming and social media. Feel free to follow her Instagram: @keenjackson!
Isabel is a graduate of Northwestern University and studied Art Theory and Practice and pursuing a Segal Design Certificate. Innovating and creating is part of her soul, and she feels that everything she designs is an extension of her heart and voice. A member of Design for America, Isabel is passionate about design and art to produce solutions and experiences to create social impact. She is interested in the way art can provoke the extension of imagination and thought. She believes that design has the power to initiate thought and create positive change. Check out her website, or find her on Instagram @isabel_ngan!