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.”

Helen Chavez, Co-Chair, Celebrations Subcommittee
Lecturer at Arizona State University

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Dr. Sane Gaytán, Communications Subcommittee, Secretary
Assistant Research Professor in the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Universidad de Colima (Mexico)

“My first contact with computer science was through the only person in my family who had attended university: my uncle Joel. He became my mentor and I learned a lot of cool stuff from him. When the time came to choose a career, I already knew I wanted to be an engineer.”

Dr. Lindsay Jamieson, Student Chapters Subcommittee 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. Monica McGill, Immediate Past Chair
Associate Professor of Computer Science at Knox College (USA)

President & CEO of CSEdResearch.org

“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. Jocelyn Streator, Communications Subcommittee Chair
Associate Professor of Information Technology at the Georgia Gwinnett College (USA)

“I became interested in computing when a friend of the family gave me a computer in elementary school. I learned to write simple programs and became fascinated with graphics and animation. I’ve had the pleasure of working in many areas of technology in both industry and academia. I am especially interested in the creative and entrepreneurial aspects of computing.”

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.”

Subcommittees

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

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

To contact the committee or to volunteer on a subcommittee or a working group, please email us acm-w-na@volunteer.acm.org. Volunteer needs are dependent on current initiatives.