Our Team

Our Team

Our passionate, dedicated team collaborates to develop and deliver innovative programs that help diverse college women and non-binary students break through in tech. Spanning national HQ and local sites in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, Miami, Los Angeles, and Boston, with trusted advisors all over the country (including some of our students), we are a diverse group united by our belief that a better future depends on all of us.

 

National Team

Judith Spitz, PhD

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Founder & Executive Director

Sheny Bhopti

She/Her
Program Director

Corrine Doron

she/her
Director of Sprinternships, Break Through Tech
Melissa Ference

Melissa Ference

she/her
Director of Special Projects, Break Through Tech AI
Megan

Meghan French

she/her
Senior Director, External Affairs & Development

Aderinsola Gilbert

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Data and Operations Coordinator

Abby Kawola

She/Her
Recruitment Lead

Debbie Marcus

she/her
Senior Director, Break Through Tech

Christian McIntire

he/him
Senior Director, Break Through Tech AI
Hari

Hari Raghavan

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Director of AI Studio, Break Through Tech AI

Kristina Rodriguez Hendricks

she/her
Senior Director of Industry Partnerships & Business Development

Veronica Sirotic

She/They
Career Services Lead
Mario

Mario Tano

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Assistant Director of Recruitment & Preparation, Break Through Tech

Program Site Directors

Nirmala Arunachalam

She/Her
Director, Break Through Tech Miami

Kate Atchison

She/Her
Site Lead, Break Through Tech DC at UMD

Tyla Daniels

She/Her
Program Operations Coordinator, Break Through Tech AI Virtual Program
Kevin Graham

Kevin Graham

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UCLA Site Director, Break Through Tech AI
Chu Huang

Chu Huang

she/her
MIT Site Director, Break Through Tech AI

Shantriya James

She/Her
Director of Tech Equity at CUNY
Amanda O’Donnell

Amanda O’Donnell

she/her
Virtual Site Director, Break Through Tech AI
Amita Shetty, Director of Break Through Tech Chicago

Amita Shetty

she/her
Director, Break Through Tech Chicago

Amelia Tidona Barabander

She/Her
Cornell Site Director, Break Through Tech AI

Advisory Committee (through Dec.2023)

Carla Brodley

Carla Brodley

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Dean of Inclusive Computing; Executive Director of the Center for Inclusive Computing, Northeastern University
Dwana Franklin-Davis

Dwana Franklin-Davis

she/hers
CEO, Reboot Representation

Kate Hogan

she/hers
COO of North America, Accenture
Ann Kirschner

Ann Kirschner

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Interim President, Hunter College

Colleen Lewis

she/hers
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
Nicola Palmer

Nicola Palmer

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Formerly Chief Technology Ambassador, Verizon
Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith

she/hers
National Director, GET Cities

Judith Spitz, PhD

she/hers
Executive Director, Break Through Tech
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Eva Tardos

she/hers
Chair, Computer Science Department, Cornell University
Kristen Titus

Kristen Titus

she/hers
Principal, Kristen Titus, LLC
Laurel Yamaguchi

Laurel Yamaguchi

she/hers
Senior Program Strategy and Investment Manager, Pivotal Ventures

Student Advisors

  • Ammran Mohamed, Columbia University
  • Melissa Poggioli, the City University of New York
  • Chenille Lawrence, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Valeria Gogunska, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Shruti Sekar, George Mason University
  • Eileen Nolan, George Mason University
  • McKenna Shay, University of Maryland
  • Abril Arias, University of Maryland
  • Skipper Garcia, the City University of New York
  • Wildline Lincifort, the City University of New York