A few weeks ago Washingtonian magazine debuted their “Tech Titans” list. Here is a photo of the beginning of the spread:
Notice something? No women.
The full list — the 100 Most Powerful People in Technology — in the magazine this year included 27 women total.
To break it down further, there are only 20 women standing alone on the list, and seven within pairs, either with another woman or a male co-founder.
It’s not hard to find women for your lists, DC or otherwise. I promise.
Washington right now is a hub for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Quite often, however, the publications or those that choose to cover the DC “tech scene” are leaving out half of the population of these movers and shakers: the women. I decided to round up a list of a sliver of some awesome women in tech that live and work in Washington.
Hire these women, tweet at these women, put them on your panels.
Washingtonian’s list is not Washington, it’s not DC Tech, and we can do better.
Sabrina Hersi Issa runs Be Bold Media, a digital agency focused on global advocacy that produces Relief Hack, a hackathon series to build and improve technology tools used for humanitarian relief and Vanguard, a global donor engagement program. She is the co-founder of End Famine, a campaign dedicated to developing and investing in solutions for hunger, food security and humanitarian assistance. Sabrina also runs Survivor Fund, a political fund that champions the rights of survivors of sexualized violence and Rights & Tech a gathering for technologists and activists. She sits on the board of directors of Exhale Pro-Voice, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Web of Change and the Project on Middle East Democracy. She was formerly the President of the Board of Directors for Women, Action & the Media.
Steffi Decker is a Senior Partner at Chong and Koster (C+K), a full-service digital agency, based in Washington, D.C. She is an expert at digital persuasion, acquisition, and stunting and has pioneered now industry standard techniques for all three disciplines. Her focus is on advocacy and electoral work helping some of the largest professional advocacy organizations in the country as well as working on competitive House, Senate and Gubernatorial races. She speaks on panels as an expert, has been published in the primary industry journal, and has had her work win awards. In her spare time, Steffi does triathlons and enjoys DC’s burgeoning restaurant scene.
3. Hosan Lee
Hosan Lee is the Founder and CEO of TableTribes, a digital platform that works with media companies to move our online conversations into the real world. By empowering people to go from comment sections and news feeds, her broader goal is to globally scale empathy development with more meaningful opportunities to exchange ideas and share information face-to-face.
4. Melissa Bell
Melissa Bell co-founded Vox.com in early 2014 and became the first person at Vox Media to hold both a technology and editorial title. Prior to Vox, Melissa oversaw digital platforms at The Washington Post. She was also one of The Post’s most-read bloggers and a columnist for the Style section. Before joining The Post, she helped launch Mint, a Wall Street Journal subsidiary in India, where she lived for four years. She hails from San Diego, California and makes a mean banana-and-cheese quesadilla.
5. Amy Webb
Amy Webb is a digital media futurist and Founder of Webbmedia Group, a leading digital strategy consulting firm that researches near-future trends in digital media and technology and answers “What’s the future of X?” for a global client base. She is a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Lecturer on emerging technology and media at Columbia University. She is also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission and served on the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Libraries, where she worked with FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and others on the future of libraries. Amy is a contributing editor and columnist at Inc. Magazine, where she writes about the future of technology and business. She co-founded Knowledgewebb Training, a digital media corporate training company, and Spark Camp, a next-generation convener that facilitates important conversations on the future of a better society. In 2013, Amy published “Data, A Love Story” (Dutton/ Penguin), a bestselling book about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. Data has since been translated into Chinese, Korean, Turkish and Portuguese. Amy’s TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 4 million times and has been translated into 31 languages. Her next book, “How Did We Miss That?” is about what the future holds — and what you can do about it in the present (PublicAffairs, Fall 2016). Forbes named Amy one of the “Women Changing The World.”
Morgan Gerard is an attorney working with the tech-start up Fisonic Corporation, a pioneer in hydro-kinetic cavitation based technologies. Her role includes building this nascent technology company’s business and financial models to gain wider commercial adaptation. Morgan is also an Environmental LL.M. candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center, and contributes to Energy Finance Report blog at Sullivan & Worcester, LLP.
Maci Peterson is an entrepreneur and Millennial-marketing expert based in Washington, D.C. She is a recognized subject-matter expert and adviser on entrepreneurship, Millennial initiatives and mobile communication. Maci is the co-founder and CEO of On Second Thought, a messaging app that lets users take back text messages before they get to the other person’s phone. She grew the company from having the initial idea to launching it on the international stage. She won First Place for the idea of On Second Thought at #StartupOasis, UP Global and the Kauffman Foundation’s annual pitch competition at South by Southwest (SXSW). On Second Thought was a featured startup and ALPHA exhibitor at The Web Summit in Dublin (November 2014) and a showcased startup at 1776 (January 2015). Maci and the app have also been featured on The Huffington Post, BBC and USA Today and HLN. As a Brand Manager for Marriott International, Maci led the global relaunch of XPLOR, the company’s first iOS travel game. She also worked on Marriott’s innovation projects as a member of NextM. Maci is a member of the MindShare Class of 2015, and is an active member of DC’s tech community. In March 2015, she was named “Tech’s Newest Innovator” by Essence Magazine and the Washington Business Journal named her to their “40 Under 40” List.
8. Dana Marlowe
Dana Marlowe is an architect of inclusion and accessibility. Her primary goal is to fight for a world that fully accepts the contributions of those with disabilities. People with disabilities are frequently overlooked when it comes to technological development. Dana’s answer to the issues of inaccessibility comes in the form of her company, Accessibility Partners. As a principal partner in this esteemed organization, she is a leading force in her disability and accessibility advocacy IT consulting firm. Headquartered in the Washington, DC area, Dana directs a diverse team of skilled accessibility engineers with and without disabilities. With Dana at the helm, her firm focuses on the removal of extraneous barriers in technology, with an ultimate corporate goal to make opportunities available for every individual using a technological device. In their years of business working with technological giants and policy greats, Accessibility Partners boasts a roster of established clients spanning from Federal Agencies and Fortune 500 businesses to help them test, consult, and train on accessible IT products for people with disabilities. As an accessibility subject matter expert, Dana been featured in countless industry national and international publications to promote inclusive and accessible technology. Dana has been featured in numerous articles, TV and radio interviews diverse spots as CNN, ABC News’ Good Money, the Chicago Tribune, NPR Marketplace, MSNBC, Yahoo, Information Week, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Techie, AMEX Open Forum, NFIB, Professional Woman´s Magazine, and more.
9. Erie Meyer
Erie Meyer is a founding member of the United States Digital Service, and serves on the HQ team within the White House. Her team is charged with using the best of product design and engineering to transform the way government works for American people. Previously, she served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she worked on the President’s Open Data Initiatives. Before joining the White House, Erie worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she was a member of the founding Tech + Innovation Team. She helped to develop and launch a system to collect consumer complaints about financial products and services, such as students loans and credit reporting, and then to publish the complaint data. She also served as Editorial Director of the Digital Team, leading strategy to increase citizen participation in developing consumer finance regulations and to connect the public with better information about their rights as consumers. Erie is a co-founder of Tech Ladymafia, a group of women living everywhere from San Francisco to Shenzhen, China, working on anything from DIY circuit boards to theoretical physics. She was named one of Forbes’ 2014 “30 under 30” for technology.
Anthea is a technologist and community organizer working at the intersection of the internet and social systems. Anthea is part of Google’s Social Impact team, building products that help decision makers govern more effectively, help people access public services more efficiently and help users engage in the civic process. Most recently, for the 2014 U.S. elections, her team developed and launched online polling place, ballot information and voter education tools that were used over 70 million times. During the 2012 campaign cycle, Anthea spent 12 months working as the Director of Voter Experience with the Obama technology team. On the campaign, she joined a team of amazing engineers who built some pretty cool stuff that helped reach, register and protect potential voters and re-elect the President. Before joining the campaign, she ran an open data effort, the Voting Information Project — a non-partisan effort to collect, standardize and distribute, through an open API, a nationwide database of polling locations and election related information. The API received 22 million look-ups in 2012 and was used by Google, AT&T, Microsoft, Foursquare, CNN and Politics-360 among many others.
11. Deepa Kunapuli
Deepa Kunapuli is an organizer, storyteller, and entrepreneur. Currently, she is leading communications and online engagement for the United States Digital Service at the White House. She is co-founder of The Brain Trust, a consulting firm that helps Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations use technology to leverage social change. She got her start in organizing through the 2008 Obama campaign, where she fell in love with the idea that powerful storytelling combined with smart technology could enrich people-powered movements. She went on to mobilize communities of color online for the 2012 Obama campaign, and trained thousands of organizers on digital and data driven campaigns via the New Organizing Institute. Her experience working to bring equity and justice to the communities near to her heart led her to the technology team at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal regulatory agency created by Elizabeth Warren, where she worked on educating and engaging millions of consumers online. In her free time, she enjoys dance class and extolling the virtues of the Midwest.
12. Samantha Simpson
Samantha H. Simpson is a Product Director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Her interest in using technology to help keep financial markets fair for the American people is what brought her to the CFPB. In 2014, she spoke at O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention about creating and operationalizing an open source culture in government. Before joining the CFPB, she worked on special projects as the Communications and Policy Manager at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Samantha was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and is a proud graduate of The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Spanish. In her free time, Samantha is involved in philanthropy efforts supporting urban communities.
13. Shana Glenzer
Shana Glenzer is the VP of Social Marketing at SocialRadar. She develops go-to-market strategies for adoption of SocialRadar technologies and designs marketing initiatives that engage with market influencers. She also manages company operations and cultivates the startup’s culture to attract and retain talent. Shana has become a go-to technology commentator for national financial networks including Fox Business and is also a co-organizer of DC Tech Meetup and DCFemTech.
14. Mollie Ruskin
Mollie is a founding member of the United States Digital Service, where she works to improve the government’s ability to deliver beautiful, human and intuitive technology and services. Born in Baltimore and raised overseas with her State Department family, Mollie has built a career at the intersection of design and social justice, beginning as an advocate and organizer on electoral campaigns. In recent years, Mollie has taken this focus into tech and government. She served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in 2013, where she led an human-centered design project to improve Veterans’ experiences with VA services. In her free time, Mollie can be found exploring the streets and rooftops of DC and New York City, her second home.
Unfortunately, there were no men available to be featured on this list.
Meredith Fineman is the founder of FinePoint, a communications and leadership company that leverages public relations tactics to empower business professionals, elevate in career, and teaches people (particularly women) how to brag and self-promote.
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