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Growth and Partnerships

Gwen Hearn, Senior Program Manager, Volunteer Engagement

Gwen Hearn is passionate about empowering professionals from all fields to get out and share their knowledge and experience with girls in their community. She believes in building a strong and diverse volunteer force that recognizes the power of sharing personal and hands-on experiences as an essential tool for allowing girls to see themselves in STEM careers.

Before joining Techbridge Girls, Gwen worked to coordinate volunteers in engaging girls in the exciting world of engineering. She’s also worked with volunteers (and has been a volunteer herself), teachers, and student visitors in museums and National Parks across the country. She discovered her passion for learning and excitement for sharing experiences in informal environments while driving tour buses in Alaska.

Gwen holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.A. in Museum Studies from The George Washington University. Outside of work, Gwen enjoys hiking, camping, and SCUBA diving with her wife, daughter, and dog.

Chantal James, Partnerships Assistant

Chantal James is dedicated to arming young women with the tools they will need to enter spaces where they have been historically marginalized and excluded and radically transform them. She is Program Coordinator in the DC-Metro region, where she applies the spirit of inquiry from her training as a philosopher towards making sure girls are empowered to one day take their places as leaders in STEM.

Chantal comes to Techbridge Girls with a history of commitment to social justice in her work. As an audio journalist she has captured marginalized voices and connected them with an audience. As an editor she has prioritized projects like the first ever biography of black feminist writer Toni Cade Bambara. Her experience with youth prior to Techbridge Girls comes in the field of literacy, and she takes pride in the role she has played helping at-risk youth across the DC Metro area make critical connections in their reading development.

Chantal received her BA in Philosophy from Spelman College and her MA in History of Philosophy from American University. She was a Fulbright Grantee to Morocco in Creative Writing and publishes as a poet, fiction writer, and memoirist.

Brittiany Jones, Senior Manager, Partnerships

Brittiany Jones is the Senior Manager of Partnerships at Techbridge Girls. With close to 10 years’ experience working with educational non-profit organizations, she is dedicated to the advocacy, outreach, and philanthropic efforts associated with building strong academic communities. With a holistic approach, she believes that all students, regardless of social and economic backgrounds, deserve the access to resources needed to become successful academically, personally, and professionally.
Prior to Techbridge Girls, Brittiany spent a significant amount of years in Chicago, IL where she worked extensively with the U.S Department of Education to develop programming around the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative within their region. Additionally, she developed and managed numerous programs for students in grades K-8 focused on STEM, along with establishing strong partnerships and collaborative efforts with several national and international organizations that focused on the empowerment and wellbeing of young women of color.
Brittiany holds a B.S. in Political Science from Towson University and MEd in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago.