BIO

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, an undocumented child from México. With the help of my high school counselor and INROADS, I had my first software engineering internship at seventeen. Since then, I have worked in small startups and big tech companies alike - most notably YouTube and Twitter.

Being the “only” Latina in these companies proved to be exhausting; I found myself speaking out about my experience and lack of Latinx representation, inclusion, and leadership in the tech ecosystem.

This led me to be a founding team member of Project Include, a non-profit that advocates true inclusion in tech while also fundraising for my own startup, Atipica. The company focused on data, diversity, and AI and was eventually backed by True Ventures, Precursor Ventures, and Kapor Capital.

 

Atipica became an enterprise startup that built the world's first people analytics platform for diversity. I raised the largest financing seed round for a solo Latinx founder in the history of Silicon Valley - $4M in total, while grateful, this was a tiny fraction of male-founded companies in the space raised during that time.

 

I am now building a mental health initiative called Proyecto Solace, a community of Latinx peoples investing in our emotional and mental safe spaces for themselves, communities, and collective healing.

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