Who We Are

See what drives us and meet our team of devoted students striving to make a difference in the lives of the next generation of computer scientists!

Our Mission

What We Stand For

Educate, Empower, Inspire, Change

GCL was founded in 2015 to make emerging technology education accessible to all students, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. We support students through hands-on learning and connecting educators to resources, to bridge the education gap at its root for generations to come. Our goal is to enact long-term change.

Our Values

Educate

Project-based learning is at the core of our mission in an effort to focus on equipping the next generation with a strong theoretical foundation supplemented with impactful mini-projects to explore.

Our Values

Empower

We bring our innovative AI summits and learn-to-teach programs to HBCUs, low-income centers, and Latinx communities. Everyone deserves a chance at a high-quality STEM education, and not only do we provide that to students identifying with minority groups in technology, but we guide them to become teachers, leaders, and changemakers on their own.

Our Values

Inspire

While we support students in learning the fundamentals, our focus is identifying emerging areas of computer science and technology to teach in a simple, accessible way and starting conversations about to bring diverse perspectives and fair and equitable development to technology.

Our Values

Change

Ultimately, we partner with a host of companies to ensure that there is a strong, diverse, and knowledgeable future workforce educated and equipped to make an impact

National Leadership

Kavya Kopparapu

Founder, CEO

Kavya Kopparapu is a junior at Harvard and the Founder/CEO of GirlsComputingLeague. Kavya has worked in the intersection of AI/ML and healthcare for the past four years, earning her as one of TIME’s Most Influential Teens, WebMD’s Health Heroes, and Glamour Magazine’s College Woman of the year. She has a patent on a precision medicine platform for glioblastoma and has been featured by Forbes, Tech Crunch, Refinery 29, and IEEE Spectrum. 

Emily Ocasio

Chief Education Officer

Maria Izzi

Chief Operating Officer

Maria is a sophomore at Duke, and has been part of GCL since 2016. She handles many of the operations between teams and departments, and helps connect people within the organization. She works a lot with the branding and internal departments. Maria is studying computer science, and has a specific interest in computer vision. Outside of classes, she enjoys cooking, playing with her bunny Frankie, and trying new things!

Nikhil Pesaladine

Chief Technology Officer

Nikhil is a senior at TJHSST, and has been working with GCL for almost 6 years. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer, and he works on GCL events and all technical aspects of the organization. Outside of GCL, he is the captain of his school’s math team, and enjoys playing soccer and cooking.

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Ashley Raigosa

Senior Advisor

Ashley Raigosa is currently a high school senior in Northern California. Her passions include computer science, machine learning, and collaborating with teams to learn more about STEM. She has placed as a NCWIT National winner, first in the International Artificial Intelligence Fair, global nominee in the NASA Space Apps Challenge, leads her school’s Coding Club, and been published for her work in ML. Ultimately, she enjoys sharing her passion for programming with others and hopes to become involved with more people of diverse backgrounds!

Nidhi Challa

Chief Innovation Officer

Nidhi Challa is a sophomore at the University of Maryland and the Chief Innovation Officer at GirlsComputingLeague. She is involved in the process of setting up various events like the AI summits along with overseeing the 1000 schools project and chapter leader program. Outside of GirlsComputingLeague Nidhi spends her time participating in tech clubs on campus.

Rishitha Tamma

Chief Strategy Officer

Sairishitha Tamma is a freshman at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and is the Chief Strategy Officer in GCL. She currently works with the Finance, Partnerships, Workshops, and AI summits initiatives to organize sponsorships and partnerships as well as plan large scale events such as summits. Outside of GCL, she is a social media marketing intern, who is passionate about learning and advocating. Other then that, she works on her passion projects as she runs a podcast talking about her and other’s experiences as Indians growing up in America, and has rediscovered her love for singing. (edited) 

Directors

Sanjana Sharvirala

Head of Recruiting

Sanjana Sharvirala is currently a junior at Lightridge High School and is the Head of Recruiting at GirlsComputingLeague. As a national team member she helps oversees national and chapter leader recruitment and involvement. Aside from GirlsComputingLeague Sanjana pursues her passion for STEM through FTC and leading her schools’ Science Olympiad team. Dancing is her outlet and she also loves giving back to her community.

Minjeong (Sunny) Kim

Director of the GCL Scholars Program

Minjeong (Sunny) Kim is a senior (Class of 2023) at Monta Vista High School in the Bay Area, California. She serves as the Director of GCL Scholars at GirlsComputingLeague, and the director of Web Development at the App and Web Dev club at her school. As the Director of the GCL Scholars Program, she works with her team to run bi-annual application rounds and guides current GCL Scholars in their work. Sunny enjoys working on human-centered machine learning projects. She has received several awards from her local science fairs, an NCWIT National Honorable Mention, and the First Place award from the Columbia Business School’s Venture For All® Model Entrepreneur Competition with her entrepreneurship team. She hopes to continue working with others to create projects that better the lives of others. 

Mridhula Srinivasan

Director of the Chapters Program

Mridhula is currently a student at Purdue University. I am the Director of the Chapters Program. I am looking forward to meet and work with students passionate about STEM. I really like learning and experimenting with AI and ML algorithms to improve efficiency in different sectors. I love dancing and learning to dance different styles. I want to empower young girls to pursuit technology-related careers and passions.

Nishi Kaura

Director of Workshops

Nishi Kaura is a freshman at UC Berkeley pursuing Data Science Computer Science. She sees social equity and female empowerment defining her life both in the short and long term. Along with her involvement in GCL, Nishi is founder of ChiCode, a nonprofit that aims to dismantle societal barriers surrounding minority groups in tech.

Elizabeth Hu

Director of Partnerships

Elizabeth is a sophomore at Columbia University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Economics. She is also the Founder of PeddieHacks, a virtual global hackathon, and is currently on the organizing team for DivHacks, Columbia’s diversity hackathon. As the Director of Partnerships, she hopes to continue using her passion for CS to make a difference and empower other young women to become more involved in tech. In her free time, she loves running, watching movies, and spending time with her family, friends, and guinea pig.

Miranda Scardina

Director of Membership

Miranda is a senior at Westlake High School (Austin, TX) and is the Director of Membership at GCL. She is passionate about CS, robotics, engineering design, and advocating for DEI in STEM. She also enjoys programming projects, gaming and watching K-dramas during free time.

Amrah Rahji

Director of the 1000 Schools Program

Amrah is a sophomore at Innovation Academy and the Co-Director of the 1000 Schools project. She is fascinated with machine learning, programming, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Amrah likes learning about business outside of GCL, as well as soccer, dance, and language studies.

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Specialists

Riley Hurt

Marketing

Riley is currently studying engineering and public health in her early college program located in Salem, Oregon. She plans to graduate high school in 2023 and continue on to university. She loves board games and traveling!

Samantha Glaser

Volunteer Program

Samantha Glaser is currently in the class of 2023 at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL. She is passionate about social justice, quality and accessible education, biomedical engineering, and getting girls and other underrepresented groups involved in STEM. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, reading, baking, coding medical devices, and working on her non-profit.

Claire Ryu

Graphic Designer

Hello, my name is Claire Ryu and I am a senior at Ardrey Kell High School. My interests lie primarily at the cross section of women’s rights and computer science. I am passionate about how these two fields can intertwine and lead to a better world for marginalized communities.

Sophia Chau

Creative Specialist

Sophia Chau is a high school senior in North Texas who is not only passionate about technology but also about creating more opportunities for underrepresented and marginalized groups! As a lifelong learner, she often learns new topics, but her primary interest involves utilizing new technological inventions to address inequity within healthcare. Ultimately, she hopes to instill more confidence in young girls of color looking into technology by providing quality learning opportunities through GCL.

Chikamara Obioha

1000 Schools

Chikamara Obioha is currently a high school junior in Maryland and has a growing interest in the computer science field. Her passions include computer science, tennis, and crocheting. Outside of GirlsComputingLeague Chikamara extends her learning of computer science with the Kode with Klossy and Girls who Code organizations.

Ellie Froslan

GCL Scholars

Ellie Froslan attends Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington. She is passionate about Robotics, Engineering and Coding. At school she is president of the club Girls Who Code and Built by NHS Club, where she dedicates her time to empowering future leaders, with a focus on female who are underrepresented. She is also apart of the Robotics team, where she is head leader for the electrical team. In her free time she loves hiking, playing with her dog and read poetry.
 

Omar Abul-Hassan

Head of Content

Omar Abul-Hassan is a freshman at Stanford University with interests in mathematics, physics, and computer science. He leads a team responsible for curriculum development for all the AI summits, including both chapter-level and national-level. Outside of GirlsComputingLeague, Omar is heavily involved in theoretical computer science, machine learning, and physics research.

Sweta Das

AI Summit

Sweta Das is a part of the Class of 2023 at Mclean High School in Northern Virginia. She is super passionate about CS and is thankful to say that she’d had many opportunities to immerse herself in the world of technology. For example, she serves as co president of her school’s Girls Who Code club. In her spare time, she enjoys coding, reading, and baking!

Ivanna Brigido Torres

1000 Schools

Ivanna is from Livonia, MI and is the class of 2023 at Churchill High School. She enjoys reading classics, listening to music, and exploring nature. She is passionate about helping people from underrepresented backgrounds to succeed.
 

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Time To Act

Girls Computing League works hard every day to help students achieve their dreams of entering a technical career field. We work with companies both to create higher education opportunities for students and hunt for mentors willing to support the next generation of computer scientists. However, we are reliant on our global community of enthusiast and activists to bring about true change. To learn more about what we do and to keep up to date with future opportunities, consider signing up for our upcoming newsletter. We will send you occasional updates about the organization and let you know how you can help the next generation of female scientists and engineers. We cannot wait to see what GCL and you can do together.

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