Daisy Madrigal grew up in the San Fernando Valley California, and after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara she began working with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation assisting with the Code as a Second Language National Initiative. Her early professional work revealed that the opportunity gap in technology for Latinos was largely due to the lack of access to technology and meaningful computer science education.
As the Code as a Second Language Program Manager at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Daisy is bridging the natural technological abilities in our communities and the need for a more diverse pool of talent in the tech industry. Through partnerships with leading tech companies, Daisy leads sophisticated programs that engage both students of color in public schools and young professionals of color eager to enter a career in STEM. The Code as a Second Language (CSL) national initiative focuses on introducing communities of color to computer programming and making technical training and careers accessible.
As the Code as a Second Language Program Manager, Daisy was able to increase CSL’s presence to 35 top U.S. cities, impacting thousands of students. She also refined the free CSL bilingual program and developed a network of Latino software engineers through HHF’s expansive Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Network, providing stipends to introduce computer programming to underrepresented students. CSL students are funneled into LOFT where they receive ongoing on-line instruction; connection to other students, mentors, networking, resources, STEM-related events as well as internships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies.