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REBECCA GARCIA

Place of birth:

Bay Shore, NY, USA

Family Heritage:

Mexico, Philippines, Japan

Education:

BA, Emmanuel College

Current job:

Developer Evangelist, Squarespace.

Bio

I am the Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, a non-profit teaching youth to code. In 2013 I was awarded a U.S. White House 'Champion of Change' for Tech Inclusion for my work to bring STEM education to underrepresented groups, especially youth and women. Last year I was listed as one of Glamour Magazine's '35 Women Under 35 Who are Changing the Tech Industry’ and this year as one of AskMen’s ‘Top 99 Outstanding Women’.

Bio

Previously I was a Developer at Do Something, the largest U.S. non-profit for youth and social change, and CTO of Greatist, a health, fitness and wellness media startup reaching over 3 million unique visitors. Currently I am a Developer Evangelist at Squarespace, empowering people to build their ideas on the web.

Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?

I want to encourage more Latina girls into STEM because I believe that it gives you the power to build your dreams and change lives. As a first-generation Mexican-American, I want to let young women know that they have the opportunity to combine and pursue their passions through technology.

This is why I co-founded CoderDojo NYC a non-profit which teaches youth ages 7-17 web, game and app development in an inclusive and diverse environment.