Board of Directors

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pooja chandrashekar

Founder and CEO

Pooja founded ProjectCSGIRLS in 2013 during the summer after her sophomore year of high school. She is currently a senior at Harvard University concentrating in biomedical engineering. An advocate and speaker for encouraging girls in STEM, she has spoken on the underrepresentation of women in technology and her outreach work at conferences and summits around the country. Pooja has been recognized by organizations including the National Center for Women and Information Technology and the Clinton Foundation, and she is also the founder of the Action and Civic Tech Scholars Program. Academically, she is particularly interested in the intersection of healthcare, education, and technology. For more info, see www.poojachandrashekar.com!

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kamaljeet sanghera

Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Kamaljeet Sanghera is an Associate Professor in the Applied Information Technology (AIT) department at George Mason University. She is also the Executive Director of STEM Outreach at the Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University. Dr. Sanghera is focused on developing opportunities for K-12 teachers' professional development, offering engineering and technology related camps for K-12 students while creating a community of practice for like-minded people who wish to participate in STEM initiatives. She is also affiliated with the Virginia/DC branch of NCWIT and sponsors several NCWIT AspireIT outreach programs. Before academia, Dr. Sanghera worked as a Software Engineer developing security software used to protect web servers and their resources.

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patsy mangas

Member of the Board of Directors

Patsy has always believed in the strength of women. While working in television, she produced a documentary on the history of women’s right to vote. Inspired by these strong, resilient women, Patsy set out to counter the message that television and social media sends to girls – that they are not smart enough, not thin enough and not pretty enough. She began by holding focus groups among teenage girls to find out what was really going on in their lives. Determined to empower girls and introduce them to strong, resilient women, Patsy created The Virginia Girls’ Summit. The Virginia Girls’ Summit quickly sold out two years in a row and their teenage ambassadors, who create each summit, asked for more than just a one day event. She now leads She Rocks The World (SRTW), an online platform for teenage girls to share their voices throughout the U.S. and the world.

Management Team

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Sarah Darrow

Director of Curriculum Development

Sarah Darrow is a junior at Mississippi State University majoring in Computer Science. She started coding in fourth grade when when she joined a FIRST Lego League robotics team, and she continued competing and mentoring with the FIRST programs for the nine years following until high school graduation. Her love of robots has followed her into her college career, as she participates in research developing Therabot, a robotic dog for use in therapy for PTSD patients. She also dedicates time to sharing her passion for programming through hosting camps and workshops partnering with NCWIT and the Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing.

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Malavika Vivek

Director of Programs

Malavika is a senior at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies. She is the executive director of Girls Make Apps, a national nonprofit that provides free workshops, programs, and hackathons for middle school-college women. For her efforts to bridge the gender gap, she has been awarded as a National runner-up by NCWIT and named a 2017 #include fellow. She is passionate about computational biology and machine learning research and has worked with researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She earned the title of Siemens Competition Semifinalist for her research in food allergy diagnostics with machine learning. As a lifelong advocate for bridging the gender gap in STEM, Malavika is very excited to be a part of the management team of ProjectCSGIRLS!

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Teresa Miller

Co-Director of Communications and Marketing

Teresa is a Sophomore at Montclair State University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business. Her passion for CS began at an early age after witnessing the male driven bias regarding STEM fields in both society and her personal life. Because of her experience with Girls Who Code, as an alumni and Regional Ambassador, she has become more involved with women-oriented tech organizations. She’s been a hackathon organizer for CodeDay NY, def hacks(), and recently finished interning at She’s the First. She is as well a National Center for Women & Information Technology State Award Winner and National Runner-Up. Teresa hopes to further pursue her dream of teaching the younger generation of girls the power within themselves and provide a platform for their voices to be heard.

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Mihira Patel

Co-Director of Communications and Marketing

Mihira is a senior at Washington High School. Her first exposure to computer science was at Code Camp, an event held by Girls Teaching Girls to Code. To further her interest, Mihira joined her local Girls Who Code Club, where she was introduced to Javascript and HTML/CSS. Mihira was also a part of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program in the Bay Area where she learned more programming languages and gained exposure to various careers in CS. This year, she TAed for her Girls Who Code Club and completed her Girls Scout Gold Award by teaching and after school STEM class for young girls. Mihira is excited to share her passion for coding through ProjectCSGIRLS.

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Serena Davis

Director of Partnerships

Serena Davis is a freshman at Cornell University studying Computer Science and Cognitive Science. She is a college fellow for the Female Founders Fund and a two- time recipient of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. This year, she was also excited to be selected as a Google Scholar for the Grace Hopper Conference. Serena is very thankful for the opportunities she has had in the tech world and is passionate about creating more opportunities for women through ProjectCSGIRLS.

Advisory Board

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Ruthe Farmer

Advisory Board Member

Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist for the CSforAll Consortium. She most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy where she led implementation of President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All (CSforAll) American students, and advised on national tech inclusion policy. While at the White House, Ms. Farmer launched the Summit on Computer Science for All.

Prior to joining the White House, Ms. Farmer served as Chief Strategy and Growth Officer at the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) and Director of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. She launched and scaled the immensely successful Aspirations in Computing talent development initiative for young women in computing, growing the program to a national footprint in just three years. Additional significant contributions include: the TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, the expansion of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund, and leadership of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance.

Ms. Farmer served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, and received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014. She is a profile public voice for equity and inclusion in technology and has been an invited speaker at the UN, the European Parliament, the White House, the Washington Post, Oxford University, the Federal Reserve, universities and colleges nationwide and many others. Ms. Farmer has been a guest contributor for Techcrunch and the Shriver Report, and has been featured in Forbes, The Financial Times, TechRepublic and EdScoop. She holds a BA in Communications and German from Lewis & Clark College, and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Oxford Said Business School. She is passionate about integrating innovative business strategies into social change efforts.

Kelly Hoey

Advisory Board Member

Kelly is an angel investor and includes co-founding a startup accelerator plus an interim CMO role with a startup as part of her journey of reinvention as a speaker and writer. In addition to her portfolio of angel investments (Levo League, Hullabalu, Smigin, CloudPeeps, SQL Vision, flowthings.io, Jekudo), she is a LP in Laconia Capital Group. Kelly continues to mentor startups through her involvement in selected accelerator programs and is an advisor to several startup initiatives (JuiceLabs, BUILDUP, NZTE, CTA). In addition to these professional pursuits, Kelly is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Girls Geek Club. “Invest in the change you want to see in the world” is Kelly’s motto.