Itzel Martinez Software Engineer, Pandora
Itzel Martinez is a Software Engineer at Pandora and the Founder of the Latinas Engineering Leadership Program (www.latinaengineers.com), a virtual mentorship program designed to support Latinas pursuing a degree in Computer Science and help them land their first technical internship. Her experience growing up in a low-income community, being a DACA-mented, and a first-generation college student has inspired her to mentor younger generations, and to expose students in her community to technology and Computer Science. She also co-created a YouTube Channel (danteanditzel) where she shares her experience working in the tech industry as well as professional development advice (careers in tech, resume tips, what to expect during an internship) for college students interested in tech.
Itzel graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She is a member of the Advisory Committees for Code.org and FabFems - an initiative that aims to expose more girls to role models in STEM. She also serves as a Tech Advisor to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and is a Code2040 Alum, Latino Board Leadership Academy Fellow, and a 2019 Westly Prize Winner.