OUR PEOPLE

bring the experience and perspective to drive the change our world—and our technology—need.

Jessica Hubley CEO + COFOUNDER
Laura Hackney CTO + COFOUNDER
Grace McCants DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT
Katie Steele DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Elizabeth Gardner CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Da'Kirah Jenkins STAFF FRONTEND DEVELOPER
Barbara Berry DATA PROJECT MANAGER
Jakki Bedsole REFERALL PRODUCT MANAGER
Gloria Ng LECTURER
Catie Hart LECTURER
Roberta De Oliveira Pinto TEACHING ASISTANT
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Jessica Hubley CEO + COFOUNDER
Laura Hackney CTO + COFOUNDER
Grace McCants DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT
Katie Steele DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Elizabeth Gardner CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Da'Kirah Jenkins STAFF FRONTEND DEVELOPER
Barbara Berry DATA PROJECT MANAGER
Jakki Bedsole REFERALL PRODUCT MANAGER
Gloria Ng LECTURER
Catie Hart LECTURER
Roberta De Oliveira Pinto TEACHING ASISTANT
Our Developers CLICK FOR DETAILS
Jessica Hubley CEO + COFOUNDER
Jessica Hubley, AnnieCannons CEO, earned a BA and MA from Emory University and a JD from Stanford Law School. Jessica built a legal career at Latham & Watkins LLP and Dickstein Shapiro LLP before opening her own firm, which advised emerging internet, cloud, and digital media companies on general commercial matters, with a particular focus on privacy issues, IP management, and distribution strategies. She served as General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Stride Health, Inc. After years as a lawyer helping software products implement privacy and security by design and helping software consultancies communicate more effectively with their clients, Jessica modeled AnnieCannons’ Impact Agency, a software consultancy that is optimized for women and minorities’ success, to provide the same value for AnnieCannons’ clients. Jessica is also a gallery-shown painter and writes novels. She was introduced to the global issues of human trafficking several years ago through her work as the President of Women of Stanford Law, and met AnnieCannons cofounder, Laura Hackney, while working on a narrative nonfiction piece that highlights the stories of trafficking survivors from around the globe and how existing technology could be leveraged to help them. Jessica has grown the Impact Agency’s revenue consistently since 2016, and continues to lead the strategic execution that will make AnnieCannons a self-sustaining enterprise for social change by 2022.
Laura Hackney CTO + COFOUNDER
Laura Hackney, Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer, leads our technical and instructional teams. Laura is a full-stack software engineer and oversees the technical aspects of all student and client development projects. Additionally, Laura oversees our coding training program as an instructor and curriculum developer. Prior to AnnieCannons, Laura managed the Program on Human Rights at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute. She also worked as the Senior Research Associate for Stanford’s Anti-Trafficking Project in the Mekong Sub-Region and was a Program Associate for the Freeman Spogli Institute’s International Policy Implementation Lab. Laura is passionate about the intersections of human rights, technology, and education. She works with the Human Trafficking Task Force within the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, serves on Alameda County's AC United Steering Committee, and supports the local Bay Area anti-trafficking groups. Laura gained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her International Policy Masters from Stanford University.
Grace McCants DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT
Grace McCants. After graduating from Oberlin College, she started her product career in New York and has contributed to product teams at agencies including Big Spaceship, Fortune 500 companies, startups and in venture capital. Grace has a strong passion for social justice, human-centered design/development and diversity's inherent place in innovative technology.
Katie Steele DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Katie Steele, MBA, is a queer and nonbinary transgender educator, learner, writer, and activist. He earned his MBA from Mills College. As a member of the Gender Justice in Early Childhood team, he has co-authored two books on the injustices experienced by trans and gender expansive young children. Her background runs the gamut from outdoor and adventure education, math teaching, and math education research to accounting and business administration.
Elizabeth Gardner CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Liz Gardner leads organizations and programs that improve human welfare, influence policy making and train future generations of leaders in the United States and internationally. She held executive positions in Stanford University's international studies institute and is the co-founder of an activist alliance working to elect liberal and progressive candidates across the U.S. She holds degrees from Stanford and Georgetown.
Da'Kirah Jenkins STAFF FRONTEND DEVELOPER
Da'Kirah Jenkins, a Staff Frontend Developer with AnnieCannons, brings 4+ years of experience with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, ES6, React, React Native, Vue.js, and Wordpress. Da'Kirah brings qualified technical expertise to building responsive websites, web apps, and mobile apps for a range of businesses, including tech startups, non-profits, and established industry leaders. In addition to her development work, she also oversees teams of developers within AnnieCannons as one of our Technical Leads.
Barbara Berry DATA PROJECT MANAGER
Barbara Berry manages Data Quality as a Service (DQaaS) projects for AnnieCannons. After studying at Merritt College and learning to code, she joined the AnnieCannons' staff to ensure tight procedural efficiency in AnnieCannons DQaaS work. Prior to and during her time with AnnieCannons, Barbara has given her time to help others at organizations like GOALS for Women and the General Assembly of Alameda County. Barbara has also held roles in caregiving and nutritional management for Kindred Healthcare.
Jakki Bedsole REFERALL PRODUCT MANAGER
Jakki Bedsole is AnnieCannons' Product Manager for ReferAll, a mobile platform for survivors of trafficking dedicated to generating exit-ramps from exploitation. As an activist in the local and national anti-trafficking movement, Jakki has served in a multitude of roles. She has been a direct service provider working with vulnerable populations, a researcher and writer speaking to the prevalence of and disparities among domestic sex trafficking survivors, a public speaker and trainer educating communities about trafficking and gender-based violence and a nonprofit leader overseeing program delivery and leading in the areas of program, organizational, fund and team development. Jakki holds a B.A. in Sociology, a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and is a front-end software engineer dedicated to building power among marginalized communities through the development of social impact technology.
Gloria Ng LECTURER
Gloria Ng currently serves as a Lecturer at AnnieCannons. Gloria has spent several years teaching youth in the Bay Area, including severely disadvantaged youth with special needs. Her empathy in helping those who have faced adversity to learn is complemented by sharp technical skills and an incredible work ethic. Together, these qualities make Gloria a key element in the growth of AnnieCannons’ training program.
Catie Hart LECTURER
Catie Hart currently serves as a Lecturer at AnnieCannons and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Catie began her teaching career leading workshops for service providers and activists in the anti-trafficking space, helping these students to cut through the noise and access resources that empower and engage using tangible methods and tools. She is often recognized for her work as a survivor leader as well as a trainer. Catie’s deep experience with the fight to both understand and end human trafficking adds a material layer of trauma-informed curriculum management to AnnieCannons' classroom.
Roberta De Oliveira Pinto TEACHING ASISTANT
Roberta or as she likes to be called, Tia, is a junior developer for AnnieCannons and has recently embarked on the role of teaching assistant as well. Roberta has worked with a nonprofit that helps prepare with at-risk youth obtain the skills to be prepared for the workforce. Although she’s worked in various fields, she is aspiring to become a full stack developer and potentially a lecturer for AnnieCannons. She is originally from Brazil and fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish and has two beautiful children and an adorable dog.
OUR DEVELOPERS
are survivors of human trafficking and gender based violence who have learned to code and proven their skills in the AnnieCannons training program.
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We don’t show their faces or share their names because, unfortunately, the world still shames victims, and because in some cases their safety and the safety of their families depend upon their anonymity.
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OUR DEVELOPERS
are survivors of human trafficking and gender based violence who have learned to code and proven their skills in the AnnieCannons training program.

We don’t show their faces or share their names because, unfortunately, the world still shames victims, and because in some cases their safety and the safety of their families depend upon their anonymity.
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OUR DEVELOPERS
are survivors of human trafficking and gender based violence who have learned to code and proven their skills in the AnnieCannons training program.

We don’t show their faces or share their names because, unfortunately, the world still shames victims, and because in some cases their safety and the safety of their families depend upon their anonymity.
WE RECRUIT FOR CHANGE
If you’re curious, here are our aggregate student demographics:
What is their ethnicity?
African American
Latinx
White
Asian or Asian American
Unknown*
Native American
*Our application form allows candidates to decline to identify with any ethnicity
What is their sexual orientation?
Unknown*
Heterosexual
Lesbian
Gay
*We do not ask students about their sexuality, so include data only for those who have volunteered this information.
What is their immigration status?
Natural-born U.S. Citizen
Naturalized U.S. Citizen
U-Visa/T-Visa
Undocumented
Stateless
How old are they?
0-17 Years Old
18-24 Years Old
25-34 Years Old
35-45 Years Old
45+ Years Old
How many dependents do they have?
No Children
1 Child
2 Children
3 Children
4 Children
5 Children
6 Children