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Programs & Professional Development, Pacific Northwest

Emily McLeod, Interim PNW Executive Director and Director of Innovation, Research, and Curriculum

In her current role at Techbridge Girls, Emily designs and manages the development and implementation of high-quality informal hands-on STEM programming, oversees the structure and delivery of capacity-building work with national partners, supports internal professional development, and manages relationships with research and evaluation partners. She is also currently acting as Interim Director for Pacific Northwest, and in that role is managing day-to-day operations for the Pacific Northwest’s portfolio of girl-serving and capacity-building programs. 

Emily is an educational program designer and manager with 15+ years of experience, specializing in STEM in informal settings, equitable STEM, and connections to careers. She is especially interested in ways to assess learning and growth in informal settings.  Prior to working at Techbridge Girls, Emily was a curriculum designer at Education Development Center. She received a Bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College, and has a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from San Francisco State University.


Miriam Kaboré, Pacific Northwest Program Manager for After School

Miriam Kaboré is passionate about science, community outreach, and education. As the Program Manager for After School, she is committed to fostering an equitable learning environment for girls to explore STEM, build self-confidence, and explore multiple career paths.

Prior to Techbridge Girls, Miriam was a Secondary Education Science Volunteer with Peace Corps Cameroon, where she worked to improve education through student-centered practices, build STEM proficiency among her students, and engage the community in the educational system.  Additionally, she worked to combat gender inequality within her school.

Miriam earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from James Madison University, where she researched the neurological mechanisms of the pain reflex. In her free time, she likes painting, reading a good book, and hiking with her dog, Blue.


Claire Plourde, Pacific Northwest Program Manager for Professional Development

Claire Plourde has committed each of her professional and academic choices to challenging sexist systems and creating spaces to empower women, girls, and marginalized communities. As the Program Manager for Professional Development, Claire is honored to work with educators, families, and communities with frameworks on equitable STEM education and empowerment. 

Prior to Techbride Girls, Claire created and taught a self-designed class entitled Leadership & Social Justice at the Science and Math Institute in Tacoma. In addition to this, she led professional development workshops for educators and youth development advocates in building equitable classroom strategies and curriculum. Her passion for education and social justice was also the focus of her work in graduate school where she trained and supervised undergraduate students to provide feminist mentorship to high school girls at the Young Women’s Studies Club in San Diego.

Claire holds a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies and English Literature from Pacific Lutheran University and MA in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University.

Outside of work, Claire enjoys taking walks with her partner Cameron, connecting with close friends and reading feminist literature (preferably in nature!).


Lauren Kraushaar, Pacific Northwest Program Coordinator & Americorp Vista

Lauren Kraushaar is an AmeriCorps Vista who is dedicated to helping Techbridge Girls increase their capacity to serve more girls from low-income communities. As the Program Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest, Lauren works to offer programmatic support and uphold the organization's equitable practices. 

Before joining Techbridge Girls, Lauren earned her B.A in Anthropology with a concentration in Archeology at the University of Albany. In her former role at the New York State Museum in Albany, Lauren would participate in various archaeological digs and field schools and also work with the New York State Museum to identify, date and catalog the artifacts found. In addition, she has worked for the State University of New York Administration in both the Special Events and Board of Trustee offices.

Lauren enjoys painting, talking to her loved ones, and learning from her co-workers.


Roslyn Hower, Pacific Northwest Development & Operations Manager

Roslyn Hower is committed to eliminating the barriers girls face to accessing high-quality STEM education. As the Development and Operations Manager for the Pacific Northwest, Roslyn works to build connections between the community and funders to increase Techbridge Girls’ impact. 

Prior to joining Techbridge Girls, Roslyn earned her Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. She also worked as a City Year corps member in a school in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood where she tutored students in ELA and facilitated an after school STEM enrichment program. Later she worked for Partners For Youth With Disabilities cultivating relationships with members of the business community to provide real-world learning opportunities for participants in a career readiness program.


Breanna Holtz, Pacific Northwest Program Facilitator

Breanna is passionate about supporting youth holistically and working to build a more equitable social environment for them to thrive in.  As a Program Facilitator, she provides after school STEM programming, with a focus on increasing skills, celebrating growth and mistakes, and building confidence. 

Prior to joining Techbridge Girls, she was a Lead Wraparound Facilitator providing trauma-informed and culturally responsive wraparound services to youth (and their communities), as well as lead teams and train new staff. In addition to this, Breanna has her teaching License and experience in teaching Special Education, teaching English abroad, and doing other forms of social work. 

In her free time Breanna enjoys going on adventures, dancing, and playing sports.