DCINNO:DCFemTech Honors 49 of Washington’s Outstanding Women in Technology

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By Kieran McQuilkin

June 19, 2019, 10:58am EDT

DCFemTech this week recognized 49 women and nonbinary individuals as 2019 DCFemTech Award recipients at its fifth annual ceremony. The awards honor Greater Washington’s top tech talent who are driving fastest-growing companies and nonprofits.

Nominations for outstanding women in code, design and data opened on March 6 and the organization received a record 704 nominations – 80 percent higher than the last two years.

DCFemTech supports organizations that lower the barrier to entry for women in tech and increasing their career opportunities. Members represent organizations comprised of at least 50 percent women and that have a focus on technology and gender/women.

“While D.C. is ahead of the curve with the community and resources available for women in technology, efforts like this will only continue to make D.C. a more welcoming and inclusive environment for future innovation,” DC Government CTO Lindsey Parker said at the June 17 event. “To ensure we remain an inclusive city, we believe our diversity is both a resource and a source for learning. It is what attracts some of the bigger players and the startups and it’s how D.C. became one of the top cities in the U.S. for inclusive, female-driven entrepreneurship.”

Parker also announced the launch of DCx, a public innovation challenge for local developers, engineers and innovators to submit forward-thinking ideas on public safety and health technologies using 5G. The city is partnering on the project with the Metropolitan Police Department, DC Fire and EMS, DC Health and East of the River Services, as well as Verizon’s 5G Lab, US Ignite and Mapbox.

DCx will explore topics like virtual command centers, augmented reality training simulations, drone-assisted disaster response and AI health screening through the scope of broadband technology.

Nominations for DCFemTech Awards were selected by a committee of 45 judges comprised of engineers, designers, data scientists and executives for each category. Honorees were chosen based on their impact on their organization, the complexity of issues they addressed and their work with the community. The final winners ranked in the top 15 percent of their respective categories.

The 2019 recipients are:


  • Eliza Aierstuck, Pivotal Labs
  • Laura Beaufort, Federal Election Commission
  • Stella Rose Biderman, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Rachel Brown, Capital One
  • Linda Chiang, Appian
  • Jennifer Doughty, Alarm.com
  • Rae Gaines, Threespot
  • Paula Gearon, Cisco Systems
  • Mary Griffus, Radiant Solutions
  • Nara Kasbergen, NPR
  • Jessica Kelly, Urban Institute
  • Lindsey Kopacz , Barquin Solutions
  • Audrey Kubetin, Mariana Tek
  • Chloé Powell, Crowdskout
  • Summer Rankin, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • JC Remick, Social Tables
  • Awalin Sopan, FireEye
  • Rekha Tenjarla, The Atlantic
  • Meg Viar, Nomadic Learning
  • Zhuangfang NaNa Yi, Development Seed


  • Abby Aker, The Washington Post
  • Marie Claire Andrea, TEkSystems
  • Kimberly Arias, Pew Research Center
  • Ashleigh Axios, Automattic
  • Radhika Bhatt, Fjord
  • Nina Bianchi, General Services Administration
  • Clarice Chan, Presidential Innovation Fellow
  • Liz Rose Chmela, Made x We
  • Meag Doherty, U.Group
  • Lauryn Fantano, United States Digital Service
  • Shavini Evendri Fernando, OxiWear
  • Jessica Hall, 3Pillar Global
  • Wilsar Johnson, U.S. Senate
  • Vanessa King, Fjord
  • Ramla Mahmood, Vox Media
  • Kate McCall-Kiley, xD
  • Kim Nguyen, Compass
  • T. Annie Nguyen, United States Digital Service
  • Xena Ni , Nava PBC


  • Erica Blom, Urban Institute
  • Rosie Cima, E W Scripps
  • Madeleine Gleave, Nithio
  • Jennifer Golbeck, University of Maryland College Park
  • Minkyung Kang, Aquicore
  • Sian Lewis, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Brianna McGowan, ItsHospitality
  • Hope McIntyre, Storyblocks
  • Kelly O’Briant, RStudio
  • Anna Petrone, Mapbox

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