ACM-W North America Executive Committee (2021-2023)

ACM-W North America is led by the Executive Committee that oversees and drives the mission and goals of ACM-W North America. Launched in October 2019, the Committee is organized into subcommittees and working groups of volunteers. As a group, the Committee develops the strategy for driving all involved to support, celebrate, promote, advocate and inform in various aspects of women in computing. The Executive Committee members have experience in various capacities (academia, industry, non-profits, and public organizations) and are ACM members who support ACM initiatives.

Dr. Nicki Washington, Chair
Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University (USA)

Author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech

“I became interested in computing through early exposure to CS and programming, as well as knowing and being raised by Black men and women programmers in my village since childhood.”

Dr. Rocio Aldeco Pérez, Vice Chair, Nominations Chair
Research Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico)

“Everything started during secondary school when I got a scholarship to learn ‘how to use computers’. It was my first interaction with a computer and its software. I really wanted to know how all that was made! Since then, all my academic choices, from high school to PhD, have been focus on Computer Science. I am very happy I get to know my professional passion since then.”

Dr. Helen Chavez, Co-Chair, Celebrations Subcommittee
Lecturer and Researcher at Arizona State University

“I wrote my first code in high school. It was fascinating to see how some lines of code became a window with a message in the screen!!! After that, I find my passion for Computer Science and Software Engineering. I loved coding as much as testing software. The latter got me closer to Human Computer Interaction and user-centered development, and it was then when I started my current path in Affective Computing and User Experience design and research.”

Dr. Lindsay Jamieson, Student Chapters Subcommittee Co-Chair, Treasurer


Teaching Professor at the Roux Institute at Northeastern University (USA)

“I really enjoy the problem solving that goes into computing.  Answering questions like “How does this work? What can I do to solve this problem faster?” is a lot of fun.  I realized early in my career that I also really enjoy helping students find these questions and their own answers to them, which led me to become a professor of computer science.”

Dr. Tia Madkins, Empowerment of Marginalized Communities Subcommittee Chair
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Dr. Monica McGill, Immediate Past Chair
Associate Professor of Computer Science at Knox College (USA)

President & CEO of

“I learned to program in high school, and, after making the tough choice between a career in music or computer science, I chose computer science and never looked back.”

Dr. Vandana Singh, Student Chapters Committee Co-Chair
Associate Professor, iSchool at University of Tennessee

“I have always been interested in technology and especially in the role that technology can play in empowerment. In particular I am interested in diversity and inclusion in Information Technology education, research and industry. I am deeply passionate about improving women’s experience in the IT industry by understanding the environment, creating awareness and developing solutions for equity in software engineering.”

Dr. Christine Strom, Co-Chair, Celebrations Subcommittee
Systems Engineering Leader at Cisco Systems (USA)

“I started at a young age programming a Tandy TRS-80 in high school because it was new and sounded really cool.”


In addition to the executive committee, volunteers also help our subcommittees run smoothly and efficiently.

  • Student Chapters: Lindsay Jamieson and Vandana Singh, Co-Chairs, Gina Gallegos-García, Ting Hu
  • Celebrations: Helen Chavez and Christine Strom, Co-Chairs, Isela Borroel, Gina Gallegos-García, Muthulakshmi (Lakshmi) Muthukumarasamy, Rossy Sanchez
  • Communications: Donna Gavin, Dr. Siobhan Day Grady, Ting Hu, Alan Jamieson, Paige Lowe, Amy Schneider
  • Empowerment of Marginalized Communities Subcommittee:Tia Madkins, Chair, Shani Daily, Kemi Ola, Marcela Quiroz

To contact the committee, please email us

To volunteer with the committee, please review the information on the volunteers page and apply. Volunteer needs are dependent on current initiatives.