Meet the people behind our mission
Our Founder & CEO
Tara Chklovski is CEO and founder of global tech education nonprofit Technovation (formerly Iridescent). Prominently featured in the award-winning documentary Codegirl, Forbes named Chklovski “the pioneer empowering the incredible tech girls of the future” and Discovery Science Channel named her its first “CEO Science Super Star Hero” for her work encouraging the next generation of innovators, problem solvers, and game changers. A frequent advocate for STEM education, she’s presented at the White House STEM Inclusion Summit, SXSW EDU, UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week, and led the 2019 education track at the UN AI for Good Global Summit. Since founding the organization in 2006, Technovation has welcomed more than 130,000 children and parents, and 14,000 mentors, to participate in its programs in 100+ countries.
Board of directors
Ann Weeby, Board Chair
As Salesforce Director of Workforce Innovation, Ann leads Vetforce, Salesforce’s Military Veteran and Adult Workforce Development program.
Brad Stroia, Board Treasurer
Brad is Chief Technology Officer at Stanadyne LLC. His expertise spans engineering, technology & leadership.
Kate Parker, Board Secretary
Kate leads marketing and communications at Transcend, a data privacy infrastructure company. Previously, she held brand marketing positions at Uber and Google.
Dr. Sepehr Moghadam, Board Member
Dr. Sepehr Moghadam is Head of Special Projects, University Relations at Google focusing on underrepresented students in CS at the graduate level.
Rossana Wang, Board Member
Rossanna Wang is Co-founder & CMO of Wang & Partners. An award-winning marketer, she's held senior positions in Fortune 100 companies.
Anar Simpson, Board Member
A women, girls and tech influencer, Anar's work spans UN HLP on Women's Economic Empowerment, US State Department TechWomen and Technovation Girls.
Alicia Hammond, Board Member
Alicia Hammond is a Gender Specialist at the World Bank Group, where she leads on innovation and technology for the Gender Group.
Mukul Aggarwal, Board Member
Mukul is a Corporate Strategy Consultant at Cargill, where he partners with a variety of Cargill businesses in Food and Agriculture to help sustainably feed the rising global population.
Lisa Tenoria, Board Member
Lisa is the global Head of Education, Learning & Training at Epic Games, leading customer training, online learning, and documentation and academic partnerships for Unreal Engine.
Jessica Kung, Board Member
Jessica Kung is a Senior Product Manager at Roblox, an online game platform and game creation system, where she is focused on bringing the Roblox experience to China.
Sana Khareghani, Board Member
Sana Khareghani is the Head of UK Government Office for Artificial Intelligence.
Sonya Park, Board Member
Sonya is the Managing Director of Institutional Sales at State Street Global Advisor
Deena Shakir, Board Observer
Deena is a Partner at Lux Capital where she partners with the world’s most audacious founders taking on the most challenging problems.
AI education committee
Members of the AI Education Committee volunteer their time to review and strengthen our AI education curriculum and resources.
Senior Manager, Supply Chain Digitization at Li & Fung Limited
Dr. Anne Carpenter
Senior Director, Imaging Platform, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks
Developer, IBM; Creator, Machine Learning for Kids
Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Head of ϕ-Robotics Research Group
Assistant Professor, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Hugo Jair Escalante
Researcher Scientist, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, INAOE
Chief AI Officer, WeBank; Chair Professor,
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Professor, Computer Science, University of Michigan; Director, Michigan AI Laboratory
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Linköping University
Director, Academic Achievement and District Innovation, Montour School District
Senior Solutions Architect, NVIDIA
Founder, Cognimates, MIT Media Lab; Ph.D candidate, University of Washington School of Information
Assistant Professor, Purdue
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Southern California; Associate Director, Center for AI in Society (CAIS)
Emilia Gomez Gutierrez
Lead Scientist, HUMAINT project at Centre for Advanced Studies, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Iolanda Dos Santos Carvalho Leite
Assistant Professor, Department of Robotics, Perception and Learning, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Marie des Jardins
Dean, College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, Simmons University
Technical Writer, Google, Engineering Education organization (engEDU)