Entrepreneur, investor, business leader, rocket scientist. Passionate about building, scaling, and leading market transitions. Startup mindset; global outlook. A devout believer in the power of transformation and disruption to change and improve lives, communities, organizations – and the world.
Author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, which details my personal journey from the dirt streets of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the top executive tiers of Apple, Dell, IBM, and other U.S. technology leaders.
Previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA. One of the most enduring non-profits in the world, Girl Scouts supports generates more than $800 million annually through its iconic cookie program to support local Girl Scouting.
Chair of President Obama’s White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics in early childhood leadership. The driver of the Administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy.
National speaker on STEM, cybersecurity, demographic trends, and leadership.
Currently serves on the Qualcomm Board of Directors and its Governance Committee.