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Development and Communications

Angelica Barakat, Donor Relations Associate

Angelica Barakat is committed to advancing economic, social and racial equity in STEM for girls* from low-income communities. As the Donor Relations Associate, Angelica is thrilled to contribute to the mission of Techbridge Girls that excites, educates and equips girls* to create, lead and implement their brilliance and diverse ideas into our new reality, increasingly more virtual and informed by digital data. Angelica plays a key role in fostering partnerships with Techbridge Girls’ community of supporters by leading prompt gift processing, managing extensive data-driven systems and analyzing fundraising data to ensure well-informed, data-driven decisions in the organization.

Angelica graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Society & Environment and minor in English. Some of her most insightful classes focused on the ethics of biotechnology, impact of surveillance technology and tension of techno-optimism in the transition toward a clean energy system. In her free time, Angelica enjoys running, hiking and listening to podcasts.


Miranda Bethune, Senior Manager, Communications

Miranda Bethune is a communications professional with a passion for advancing STEM education and equity for girls and gender-expansive youth. Prior to joining Techbridge Girls, Miranda helped lead fundraising and marketing efforts in support of improving STEM education opportunities and outcomes through Olin College of Engineering and Science from Scientists.

Miranda was also on a competitive FIRST Robotics team from 2006-2009 and served as a FIRST mentor from 2009-2010. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Communications & Culture from Clark University, and has a background in journalism through her previous work with news entity GoLocal and through graduate courses in journalism at Emerson College.


Gretchen Bringas, Communications Assistant

Gretchen Bringas is a Bay Area native who knew from a young age she wanted to work in academia or non-profit. After a unique college experience, she decided her passion for engaging others would benefit the communities that organizations like Techbridge Girls serve. She brings her commitment, and personal experiences to the mission of exciting girls about the opportunities STEM can bring them.

Before joining Techbridge Girls, Gretchen finished a year of service as a Public Ally Americorps Member. She worked at Hack the Hood, a tech non-profit, also based in Oakland as a Recruitment Specialist. Her work there helped build capacity by improving systems to reach the communities the organization strives to promote. As a Public Ally, Gretchen attended leadership workshops focused on social justice and equity relevant to the Bay Area. Grateful for the exposure to the non-profit sector and the training, she is proud to call herself an alumna of the program.

Gretchen holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies from San Jose State University. When she isn’t listening to podcasts on her commute to work, she’s with family or friends. She enjoys being a crafter and makes earrings as her self-care creative outlet. A passion project of hers is to spread awareness of mental health education and advocacy through her earring designs and packaging (seen in photo).


Roslyn Hower, Donor Relations Manager

Roslyn Hower is committed to eliminating the barriers girls face to accessing high-quality STEM education. As the Donor Relations Manager, 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.


Chelan Lippincott, Director of Development

Chelan Lippincott believes in the power of stories to change hearts and motivate action. In 2021, she joined the Development and Communications team because the Techbridge Girls STEM education model shines a light on career pathways which can provide economic security and mobility for girls. As the Director of Development, Chelan is responsible for driving philanthropy and fundraising strategy so Techbridge Girls serves 1 million girls by 2030.

For over a decade, Chelan was a public radio professional and supported development initiatives at public radio stations throughout the northwest including KUOW, KEXP, Boise State Public Radio, KBCS and Northwest Public Broadcasting. During her career in public radio she was responsible for development, marketing, programming, major gifts and annual giving. Listeners who have a wide collection of public radio mugs, tote bags and t-shirts have, in part, her to thank.

When she's not working from her home office in Boise, Idaho, Chelan is learning and exploring new things. In 2021, she will complete a Master's degree in Leadership Communication with a focus on the individual experience of leadership and professional coaching. Chelan is always looking for recommendations on poetry, jazz and trails.