We are passionate about our work and intend to change the makeup of the technology workforce.
We offer in-person and virtual computer science education in a collaborative and welcoming environment. By combining our award-winning educational programs with our speaker series and partnerships with our generous supporters, our students learn coding and engineering skills to prepare them for a broad set of careers, but they are too busy having fun to notice.
We are parents and engineers, educators and nonprofit leaders. We founded Boolean Girl to encourage and inspire girls ages 8 to 14. While there are tech programs for girls over 14, there are few that cultivate early and sustained interest in coding and engineering. That’s where we come in. In addition, we have expanded our reach into underserved and lower-income communities to provide access to STEM opportunities for elementary and middle-school age children.
Sarah Eastman is the co-founder of Boolean Girl, a startup whose mission is bringing diversity to tech by teaching girls and under-represented groups to code and build engineering projects. A software engineer by training and occupation, Sarah spent fifteen years as a coder, specializing in Big Data and internet analytics, with stints at The Washington Post, Prudential, in consulting and the startup world. Sarah works on product design, strategy and business development at Boolean Girl. She has a degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics from Georgetown University.
Jon is a Vice President for SAP managing a global team of multi-media content creators within Global Marketing and Global Corporate Affairs. He oversees a team tasked with content strategy and creating audio, video and social media content for internal and external use. His team has been honored with a number of Telly Awards for excellence in corporate storytelling.. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Illinois with a focus in Global Business/Entrepreneurship. Jon is also a sought out adjunct instructor for Brand Journalism.
Marni Frankel is the Director of Digital Marketing at the American Kidney Fund. She has cross-industry marketing experience and has led nonprofit, B2C, and B2B digital initiatives, including brand-strategy development, paid campaigns, platform upgrades, search engine optimization, and content initiatives. She has a particular interest in deploying best practices in UI/UX and Conversion Rate Optimization and embraces opportunities to identify new product lines and services to achieve aggressive growth goals. She thrives on delivering memorable, top-notch customer experiences and building brand awareness and loyalty. Before American Kidney Fund, Marni worked in the eCommerce space where she owned an e-Commerce entity for over a decade. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawer College and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University.
Lizz Sommerfield is Director, Member Product at Inspire.com where she brings new products to market that help support Inspire’s mission: accelerating medical progress through a world of connected patients. Prior to her role as a product director, Lizz spent over two decades as a software engineer and architect, shipping dozens of products and architecting technical solutions for AOL and The Washington Post.
Heather Burrs Graham is a Project Manager at Evoke Research and Consulting and has supported several key technology projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs. These include: CRM system implementations, an online chat tool integration, and the deployment of a web-based, crowdsourcing tool. Previously, she consulted at Accenture and led client implementations at a software development startup company. Heather has volunteered as a pro-bono consultant at the Taproot Foundation and as a Higher Achievement mentor, where she developed a coding curriculum for middle school students.
Kathleen Sheehy is a long-time educator, dedicated to creating joyful learning experiences for students and teachers. She is the co-founder of Huddle, a goal-setting product, which is now a part of curriculum and assessment publisher Amplify, where she works on Math Product Strategy. She also works with districts around the country as a Senior Consultant with the professional learning organization Learning Forward. Some of her previous roles include Director of Academics and Director of Professional Development at LearnZillion and Instructional Coach and Kindergarten and First Grade teacher for the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Kate Shaffer grew up in Buffalo, NY and has a degree in Civil Engineering from Catholic University. She spent the beginning of her career working in land development, designing both mixed use projects and large residential developments. She then moved into roadway and drainage design for large scale highway design projects. Kate is dedicated to encouraging young girls to learn more about STEM and pursue the exciting opportunities in the fields of engineering, math and science.
Monica Puerto is a Data Scientist who has worked with large media companies, such as National Geographic and Discovery Communications, in addition to startups and nonprofits. She holds a Master’s in Data Science from American University. She was a volunteer director for the DC Chapter of Women Who Code. An avid speaker on Data Science in the Washington, DC-area, Monica is passionate about making technology more inclusive and diverse.
An emerging leader in Technology, Nisha is a visionary technologist and passionate change agent. Nisha joined Citi in 2021 as CIO for Citi Retail services where she is leading the transformation of retail services business. Nisha joined Citi from Capital One where she has worked in Finance Tech, Small Business Tech and most recently, Software Engineering in Cards where she led the modernization of the Core. She is passionate about empowering others and volunteers her personal time with CodeVa, which focuses on STEM education for K -12 students. She is an avid learner who made the jump from microbiology to the tech world after teaching herself programming. Nisha continues her life-long pursuit of soaking up knowledge by reading, listening to podcasts and doing internal and external speaking engagements. She is a proud mom to her two children, Anya (16) and Yashvi (12).