Lorena Mesa

Data Engineer

Political scientist turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a data engineer on GitHub’s software intelligence systems team, Director on the Python Software Foundation, and PyLadies Chicago co-organizer. Lorena’s time at Obama for America and her subsequent graduate research required her to learn how to transform messy, incomplete data into intelligible analysis on topics like predicting Latinx voter behavior. It’s this unique background in research and applied mathematics that drove Lorena to pursue a career in engineering and data science. One part activist, one part Star Wars fanatic, and another part Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to “live long and prosper”.

What I can bring to a board

I have experience sitting on a board before working on communication strategies and community outreach and fundraising. Additionally as a data engineer I am a programmer with experience in analytics and data science, therefore I can bring tech skills that run the gambit from web development to analytics.

What can I get from a board?

I would love to find a community to work with in my own backyard that mirrors the same core values that I have. I am a social justice minded person with a strong activist streak. I hope to bring that energy to any group with an empowering mission that works with women, people of color, or other marginalized communities.

My skills

    • programming
    • analytics
    • data science
    • Python,
    • fundraising
    • social media
    • community outreach