Maria Chavez Cantu

Maria has over 15 years experience in all aspects of Development’s life cycle. In that time, she has served may roles: architect, product manager, lead, developer, QA. And has worked for many companies: from startups to corporations across different industries: Database, Finance, Insurance and Music as a full stack engineer : db, scalability, middle ware, front-end, CE, mobile. She is Director of Software Engineering at Pandora. Previously she was a Senior Software Engineer of Android Mobile Development at Pandora. A first-generation Mexican-American and California native, Maria’s particular passion is encouraging Latinas to go to college. Her goal is to inform Hispanic girls that college is a possibility for everyone and one of the ways she does this, is by talking to groups of young girls, sharing her story of cultural struggles and perseverance.