Greetings. I lead software engineering for Underserved Populations at Amazon. I’ve been an engineer for almost 20 years as a student, developer, and leader, launching a range of products, and some day I want to write the world’s best vegetable garden planning system. Most recently, we launched a pilot with the USDA to accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits on Amazon, enabling customers to purchase groceries with their EBT cards. SNAP is a US Federal program that helps feed over 40 million Americans. Working at the intersection of tech and food justice gives me life because software, at the end of the day, is written by people and for people, and should serve people.
Things I like: the practice of technical leadership, creating software for humans, large-scale operational excellence, and prognostic data. I want to bring more underrepresented people and womxn of color into the tech industry and, most importantly, help them stay.
Other things I've done:
Search at Microsoft, where I worked on availability, performance, and capacity optimizations for the Bing Platform.
Aircraft Health and Analytics at Boeing: ETL pipelines, interpreters, and various forms of data crunching to turn the endless stream of data being sent off airplanes into something actionable for airlines.
2014 was a sabbatical year of working on organic farms and back country hiking. I learned how to fix cattle fence, make butter, and tend an orchard.
I have a Masters in Software Engineering from Brandeis University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California - Irvine. During undergrad I lived in a 1970 Silver Streak trailer. Just call it #ogvanlife. Before studying computer science I was in the middle of an English degree. Ask me to recite some Shakespeare, especially if you’re short on regrets.
I’m on the Board of Directors for TeenTix, which provides low-cost arts access to young people across the Puget Sound, and work as an advocate for the Seattle Symphony’s outreach programs that provide performance and education in schools, shelters, and prisons across WA state.
I live on an island near Seattle, grow vegetables, and read every day.
*My opinions are my own and do not represent my employer.