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About Our Pacific Northwest Advisory Council

Zulna L. Heriscar, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft Corporation

Zulna L. Heriscar is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Azure ISV-GTM – in this role, she is focused on expanding partnerships for Microsoft and its ISV/IP partners, drive the industry conversation around SaaS, and develop and execute a strategy to drive adoption of new cloud technologies. Prior to this role, Zulna established her 15+ year career as a highly effective, goal-oriented leader with outstanding achievement in sales, product marketing, operations and business strategy & development by driving exceptional client satisfaction, revenue growth, and new joint business ventures across varied industries.

During undergrad Zulna was a GED teacher who taught non-traditional students and assisted them with obtaining their High School equivalency. She remains passionate about academics, STEM curriculum and has continued on to be an advocate and champion for advancing STEM initiatives to underrepresented communities.  

Zulna earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from Florida A&M University, a MS in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from Emory University.


Ben Hodges, Patent Attorney & Intellectual Property Litigator at Foster Garvey

Ben Hodges is a patent attorney and intellectual property litigator at Foster Garvey. As part of his job, Ben works with STEM companies to help guide their businesses and provide intellectual property advice. This includes exposure to cutting edge technology and leaders in STEM around the country. Before becoming a lawyer Ben also worked as a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis. He has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from the University of Missouri.

Ben also has a wife in the education field and a daughter who he helps explore all types of STEM. Outside of work Ben enjoys cooking, hiking, and photography.


Bridget Sevigny, Director of Engineering at Tableau Software

Bridget Sevigny is a Director of Engineering at Tableau Software, which she joined in 2014. Previously, she spent seven years at ProQuest and ten years at HP in software development and management positions. She helped set up the first ever Techbridge field trip, during which girls used Tableau to explore data about themselves and their classmates.

When she was a young girl, Bridget’s family members supported her as she pursued her STEM interests. Her activities and coursework have led her to a very satisfying career in software development, and Bridget wants other girls to have the same opportunities. Throughout her career, Bridget has been a crew member on a sailboat that races the waters of Puget Sound. When she’s not sailing, she spends time with her husband and son, cooking and facilitating countless projects from the pages of Make magazine.

Bridget earned BS degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Seattle University.