Kim Merino

Senior Analyst
Accenture

Kim first started as a middle school computer science and history teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching girls to code and organizing field trips to tech companies and girls-in-tech events for eight years. Her advocacy for creating computer science opportunities in K-12 schools led to an appearance on The Today Show and a published curriculum for teaching data analysis and civic engagement to high school students. Soon after, she was bitten by the coding bug and spent nights learning Python, HTML, and Javascript all while grading papers and attending parent conferences.

After attending a intensive coding bootcamp in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kim was ready to take on the full-stack world. Kim now works for Accenture as a Senior Analyst and spends her work day debugging Javascript code and git pushing for clients looking to move to a lightweight and modern technical architecture. Through Accenture, she also volunteers with Girls Who Code in the South LA area as a club facilitator, keeping true to her public education and social justice roots. Kim is an advocate for building a network of Latinx engineers in the LA area though her participation in the @TechTinx community and always has time for her POC/QPOC peeps.

Kim holds a BA in history from UC San Diego, and an M.Ed from UCLA. When not coding, Kim can be found cheering on the UCLA Bruins, listening to the Bodega Boys podcast, eating BBQ, watching Scandal with her wife, and keeping up with the juiciest celebrity gossip. Kim and her wife live in Los Angeles with two old cats and a chihuahua named Shakira.