Lesbians Who Tech is a Community of Queer Women in or around tech (and the people who love them).

Why Lesbians Who Tech?


To Be More Visible To Each Other

We all know that familiar feeling of meeting someone in a work setting, knowing she’s a lesbian, and trying to work it into a conversation and make that connection. We’re about making that happen: connecting lesbians and building a network of colleagues, associates and friends in the industry.


To Be More Visible To Others

Outside of Ellen, Rosie, Melissa, and now Tammy, what other mainstream lesbian role models can most people name? We need more examples of lesbian leaders and that means we need to come out as the amazing, successful people we are.


To Get More Women And Lesbians In Technology

Lesbians are women first, and right now women are some of the most gifted folks in technology, yet there are far fewer of us than there should be (women account for 1 in 15 people in STEM fields). Because there aren’t enough women, women are rarely quoted as experts by the mainstream media and blogs, on panels, etc. And add the element of being lesbian, it’s equally important for us to represent women, and out women, for our communities.


To Connect Lesbians Who Tech To LGBTQ And Women’s Organizations Who Are Doing Incredible Work For Community

There are so many groups who are fighting for our rights, and they need our support. Lesbians Who Tech provides a platform to raise awareness of their work and connect these organizations to queer women in the tech community.

Lesbians Who Tech Founder

Leanne Pittsford


Leanne Pittsford is an entrepreneur, technology strategist, UX designer, and tech investor. As the Founder and CEO of digital agency Start Somewhere, she helps nonprofits and social enterprises use technology to look great online and build better relationships with donors. Before beginning Start Somewhere, Leanne spearheaded database design and management, and led operations for Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender nonprofit organization in the U.S. Leanne was the co-founder of the Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, and she’s leading one of Start Somewhere’s new ventures, a community called Lean Impact: a community helping nonprofits and social enterprises using Lean Startup principles for social good. Leanne is an investor in two tech startups, and she’s a self-proclaimed foodie who is equally passionate about coffee, bikram yoga and photography, and considers San Francisco, California home regardless of her current IP address.

City Directors

To contact any of the City Directors listed below, please email patty@lesbianswhotech.org.

Los AngelesNatacha Gaymer-Jones
Monica Taher
San FranciscoDom DeGuzman
New YorkAlysha Pearlberg
Suma Reddy
Rachel Cohen
BostonCori Allen
Kerrie Carden
StockholmNadia Zabehi
DublinJacqueline Russell
PortlandJen Oslislo
SeattleLeone Kraus
Cassie Wallender
PhilidelphiaCJ Bachmann
BerlinVanessa Butz
TorontoVanessa Adams
DCShelly Waite
Silicon ValleyLindsay Brothers
Erica Chang
MinneapolisKelsey Lied
Susan Greves
ChicagoJessica Ainlay
Burlington, VTMeg Randall
South FloridaLouvella Ivanoff
Grace Baumgardner
ClevelandNichole Harris
DenverMeredith Wells
Therese Pocrnick

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