Meet the people behind our mission


Our Founder & CEO

Tara Chklovski

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.

Ulrich Aldag, Board Member

Ulrich was most recently Co-founder & CEO of Evotec BioSystems GmbH (now Evotec SE). Retired, his expertise spans science, engineering, & leadership.

Brad Stroia, Board Treasurer

Brad is Chief Technology Officer at Stanadyne LLC. His expertise spans engineering, technology & leadership.

Rachelle Davis, Board Member

Rachelle is a Lead Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment. She advocates for women in software engineering and women in games.

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.

Kate Parker, Board Member

Kate leads marketing and communications at Transcend, a data privacy infrastructure company. Previously, she held brand marketing positions at Uber and Google.

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.

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.

Meet the full Technovation Staff

Get to know us

AI education committee

Members of the AI Education Committee volunteer their time to review and strengthen our AI education curriculum and resources.

Alexis Joly

Computer Scientist; member of Inria; Creator of [email protected]

Angel Poyato

Senior Manager, Supply Chain Digitization at Li & Fung Limited

Dr. Anne Carpenter

Senior Director, Imaging Platform, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Christoph Windheuser

Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks

Dale Lane

Developer, IBM; Creator, Machine Learning for Kids

Edson Prestes

Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Head of ϕ-Robotics Research Group

Fei Fang

Assistant Professor, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University

Hugo Jair Escalante

Researcher Scientist, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, INAOE

Qiang Yang

Chief AI Officer, WeBank; Chair Professor,
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Rada Mihalcea

Professor, Computer Science, University of Michigan; Director, Michigan AI Laboratory

Fredrik Heintz

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Linköping University

Justin Aglio

Director, Academic Achievement and District Innovation, Montour School District

May Casterline

Senior Solutions Architect, NVIDIA

Stefania Druga

Founder, Cognimates, MIT Media Lab; Ph.D candidate, University of Washington School of Information

Yexiang Xue

Assistant Professor, Purdue

Bistra Dilkina

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

Gabriel Torres

Co-founder, MicaSense

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

Michael Fountaine

Technical Writer, Google, Engineering Education organization (engEDU)