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PWA Virtual Career Insights into Entrepreneurship for Social Good

May 13 | 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What do you do when you aren’t an expert in the problems you want to solve? You get creative and build networks of others to help you. Learn how mathematicians and architects become social justice problem solvers. Join us for a short talk with two professionals, Nandini Ranganathan, CETI (the Creative and Emergent Technology Institute) and Jackie Santa Lucia, Your Street Your Voice. This event is presented by the nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance, in partnership with Oregon MESA.

Nandini Ranganathan, Ph.D., is the founder and Executive Director of CETI (a Creative and Emergent Technology Institute). She designs interdisciplinary, participatory cross-sector educational, research, and emergent technology-related projects, collaborating across communities to address major social, environmental, and technological challenges.  Nandini has a PhD. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and an A.B. in Mathematics from Wellesley College.  She is deeply passionate about increasing access to and opportunities in technology and design education, research, and industry.


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Jackie Santa Lucia is an architect and educator in Portland, with a focus on social and environmental equity in design. Jackie is the co-founder of Your Street Your Voice, an after school program where youth get paid to learn about design as a tool for racial justice. She has a background in experiential design through community and education institutions, with particular interest in inclusive cultural spaces. Jackie has experience in practice at Hacker Architects, and as public agent at Prosper Portland, working with community partners and the city alike. She has worked with high school students at Your Street Your Voice, the PLACE program, and the Workshop School.  Jackie has also been an architectural critic at University of Oregon, Portland State University, Philadelphia University, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania and Syracuse University.

This 30-minute career talk is part of MESA Week, a virtual opportunity to explore college-and-career options in STEM-related fields. Register for the entire series here. See other PWA virtual career talks in May here.

PWA Virtual Career Insights into Entrepreneurship for Social Good


May 13
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm