I first learned about the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) as a high school student – I thought of HHF as the organization that would help me find scholarships for college, so I used their website as a resource for learning about scholarship opportunities.
In 2014, when I transitioned from a career in public service to a career in technology, I experienced the support of HHF’s programming at a more personal level – becoming a member of the HHF family by attending Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) events. At the time I was merely an intern at Reputation.com’s Data Science department and attended a LOFT Coder Summit, part of their (Code as a Second Language) program, at Stanford University and then at UCLA. But after attending a LOFT Coder Summit at Target HQ, and being offered an internship with Target.com, my company decided to offer me full-time work as a Jr. Data Scientist. I was a little sad to give up the Target.com internship opportunity in Minnesota, but so happy to be offered my first full-time tech job in the Bay Area – and it’s because of HHF’s support that I was able to show my company how desirable my skills were nationwide.
Networking with other LOFT members in person has led to my excitement in joining more LOFT tracks – including that for Innovation & Technology, Engineering, Public Service, and another for Latinas – to keep in touch. HHF recently connected me with Salesforce and Facebook to attend their respective developer conferences.