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!

Meet The Team
Our Mission

What We Stand For

We work to bring modern technology education to classrooms full of young women and students in the socioeconomic and racial minority to shift the balance of diversity in the technology workplace. We strive to help both girls and boys experience the gratification they can receive from making a social impact through computer science, and we hope that the knowledge imparted through our program offerings will enable them to make a difference worldwide.


What We Strive For

We aspire to see under-represented groups in the technology workplace thrive and diversify the community with new perspectives, new processes, and new thinking that challenges the status-quo. We strongly believe that technology should be accessible to everyone that young students from every race and community can disrupt and change our world for the better. Join us in dissolving the misconception that the technology-sector is not for women and help us redefine what it means to be a computer scientist!


Kavya Kopparapu

“My name is Kavya Kopparapu, and I am the Founder and CEO of Girls Computing League and current freshman at Harvard University. I love to share my passion for computer science, as it has given me a world of opportunities and I would like to see other girls succeed.

My journey with computer science began in elementary school when I was first introduced to the Scratch and FLL Robot programming languages. I progressed into HTML website development and later Java and mobile app development in middle school. My interests in computer science were further strengthened when I was introduced to the Technology Student Association (TSA) program in middle school and numerous programming competitions in high school. As a freshman, I took the AP Computer Science plus Data Structures class at my school, and am currently continuing my computer science education in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision class.”

  • 2017 International Science Fair (ISEF) Finalist, International 3rd Place in Category
  • 2017 NCWIT (National Center for Women in Information Technology) National Winner
  • 2017 International Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge -1st Place – Pete Conrad Scholar – Health category
  • 2016 Siemens Semi-Finalist
  • 2016 International Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge -1st Place – Pete Conrad Scholar – Cyber Security category
  • 2016 NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology) – Aspirations in Computing – National Runner-Up Awardee
  • 2015 NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology) – Aspirations in Computing – Virginia/DC Affiliate Winner
  • American Computer Science League – 3rd Place (International Level)
  • IEEE Mobile App challenge – 3rd Place (Nationals)
  • Toshibha Explora Vision Challenge Awardee

Neeyanth Kopparapu

“My name is Neeyanth Kopparapu, and I am a Junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. I was introduced first to computer science in fifth grade, became a SUN JAVA certified programmer in 7th grade and then continued to take AP Computer science in 8th grade. After pursuing Artificial Intelligence in 9th grade at Thomas Jefferson, I have been coding non-stop for my artificial intelligence class at school and have built various AI interfaces. I love to share my passion for computer science at conferences for young students and believe computer science should be part of a school’s curriculum just like English, foreign languages or history.”

  • 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist, 3rd Place in Translational Medicine Category

  • 2016 Siemens Foundation Competition Semifinalist

  • 2017 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge 1st Place Winner/ Pete Conrad Scholar

  • 2018 MIT INSPIRE Semifinalist

  • USAMO Qualifier 2018

  • USACO Platinum Level

  • Virginia-Tech ACM-IPCP 2016 3rd Place

  • International ACSL 2017 1st Place

  • University of Virginia Computer Science Meet 2018 2nd Place

  • Virginia Commonwealth University Computer Science Meet 2018 5th Place

Our Team

We Are Providing an Environment for New Students to Grow & Excel

We are students working for students, plain and simple. We see the disparity between schools and their abilities to obtain technology for the classroom, and we know what it’s like to receive the privilege of having a world-class science and technology education. We want to close the gap between affordability and accessibility for students, and we are determined to bring about a new generation of scientists, engineers and inventors into the technology sector.

Kaien Yang

Kaien Yang

Chief Communications Officer

Shreeja Kikkisetty

Shreeja Kikkisetty

Chief Finance Officer

Alex Peng

Alex Peng

Chief Marketing Officer

Emily Ocasio

Emily Ocasio

Chief Operating Officer

Maria Izzi

Maria Izzi

Chief Information Officer

Bhavjeet Sanghera

Bhavjeet Sanghera

Chief Strategy Officer

Ethan Ocasio

Ethan Ocasio

Chief Technology Officer

Time To ACT

Join Our Community

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.


GirlsComputingLeague a nonprofit who aims to empower underrepresented groups in the technology workplace by fostering the interests of young women in computer science, data science, and technology. We specialize in teaching computer science, data science and information technology concepts to students in Northern Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan area.


GirlsComputingLeague is indeed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 47-5186652). All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations. We rely on corporate sponsors and individual donors to fund our programs and our team is entirely volunteer-based. You can see a full list of our Executive & Corporate Supporters on our Supporters page. Thank you for considering donating to GirlsComputingLeague. We truly appreciate your generosity!