12 technologists. 4 time zones. 1 shared purpose.
The lab unites technologists across the US and Canada who are driven by the mission of leveraging technology to maximize Vital Voices' success. They have a wide range of experience over multiple technical disciplines including cybersecurity, fullstack engineering, user design and experience, product management, data visualization, and more. Volunteering for the lab is not their primary job: they are full-time high school, university, & graduate students and young professionals passionate about utilizing their technical skills to serve the Vital Voices community.
Founder of CrowdVoice.org, mideastunes.com, and Ahwaa.org. Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. 2018 Global Leadership Award Honoree.
Co-Founder, Lab Director
Monica is a product-focused software engineer passionate about leveraging technology for global social good, closing the gender gap, and t-rex jokes. She is a 2012 HERLead fellow and grantee who spoke about her work at the Clinton Global Initiative as well as the 2015 Global Leadership Awards. Monica graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Computer Science and a secondary in Spanish Literature & Language and is currently an MBA student at Harvard Business School.
Hana Gabrielle is an incoming senior at Cornell University majoring in Information Science, Systems, and Technology with concentrations in Data Science and Behavioral Science and minoring in Science and Technology Studies and Science Communication and Public Engagement. At Cornell, shes focuses her academic coursework on data science, machine learning, and the social impact of technology on society. She is particularly interested in using data science for social good, especially in mental health. In her free time, she advocates for mental health and disability rights.
Kavi Dolasia is Regents and Chancellor's Scholar at UC Berkeley, intending on majoring in Economics and Data Science. Kavi became passionate about the intersection of technology and social justice through her volunteer organization, Reaching Out With Robotics that exposes underrepresented groups to STEM. In her free time, she likes to mountain bike, travel, and explore the Bay Area.
Sarah is a senior at Mercer Island High School who enjoys programming/coding and physics. She is also passionate about social justice and integrating tech with activism. She hopes to later major in electrical engineering and minor in computer science. In her free time she enjoys reading about aerospace and crocheting.
Julia is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon and an incoming software engineer in NYC. She joined Vital Voices in order to give back to the community and contribute to an org that helps women all around the world. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, writing/reading fiction, baking desserts, working on personal projects, and tutoring.
Tessa is a Program Manager at Microsoft working on Power BI, a business analytics tool and service. She lectures on behalf of Microsoft around the world, and co-authored a book about digital transformation, which is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Tessa graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Computer Science. She also works with organizations to send free books to prisoners to encourage the pursuit of knowledge, and helps incarcerated individuals prepare to reenter their communities.
Grace is an incoming freshman at UCLA majoring in Electrical Engineering. She's an aspiring engineer for social good, an avid feminist with volunteer and internship experience, and a Gen Z idealist. She loves thinking critically, whether it's about technical skills like computer programming and 3D modeling, or about analyzing and challenging the status quo.
Corly is a SWE working on Google Lens. She's interested to utilize technology in social good, and are interested in fields such as in mental health, social equality, and education accessibility. In her free time, she loves to sleep (it's a real hobby!), read, hike, camp, and anything nature-y. Generally, she likes to explore in new areas that are fun and scary. If it doesn't scare you, then you aren't probably not dreaming big enough!
Hana is a rising freshman at The College of New Jersey where she plans to study Computer Science. She is passionate about using tech to uplift marginalized voices. She is also a 2019 HERLead Fellow and has been recognized by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, Coding it Forward, Snapchat, Vistaprint, and Bloomberg for her computing work. In her free time you can find her at a hackathon or planning on Notion.
Simran is a senior at New York University Abu Dhabi majoring in Interactive Media and Computer Science and minoring in Design. She enjoys finding stories in data and visualizing them in a way that is accurate, easy to understand, and beautiful, in that order. As a senior, she is excited to be serving as the co-president of her womxn in STEM club and working to make the organization more intersectional, retain more first years in STEM fields, and conduct research on student experiences to support advocacy for academic policy changes.
Jenisha is a Software Engineer at Cisco. She is passionate about leveraging technology for social good, which led her to be a volunteer developer for the VVIL. When she’s not working, she likes to gaze at colourful murals, taste new soups and come up with cringy puns.
Angela is an incoming third year at UC San Diego studying Math & CS. Some hobbies she enjoy include reading fictional novels (especially fantasy and thriller!), skiing, and honestly anything art related; she enjoys painting and drawing and hope to try out crocheting and jewelry making in the future.