TINFA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization registered in Washington State. It was created in 2001 with the desire to help bridge the digital divide.
Current board members are:
Emma Le Dû
Emma is the Exec. Director of TINFA. She has previously held positions at the Grameen Foundation as Senior Technical Program Manager. She has been in Information Technology for over 15 years, at Microsoft and Amazon.com in various positions in International and Program Management. Emma has spent two years in Lao P.D.R, as a computer consultant to the European Union and UNDP. She holds an Engineering degree in Robotics and Electronics (ESIGELEC in Rouen France) and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School (Harvard University) with a focus on Leadership and International Development. Emma is TINFA's co-founder.
Mike is retired and lives in the Loyal Heights neighborhood of Seattle, just north of Ballard. He attended Western Washington University and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, majoring in History and French. Mike taught at Meadowdale Junior High School for five years before joining Safeco Life Insurance Company, now known as Symetra Life Insurance. Mike retired from Symetra as Vice President and head of the Individual Product Line after a rewarding thirty-three year career there. Mike believes in volunteer service, having served several years as President of the Northwest Regional Board of Dollars for Scholars. He currently volunteers with University Sunrise Rotary Club, with the Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas tutoring organization and is President of the Board of Bright Future Dollars for Scholars.
Gerardo was born in Colombia, where he got a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Javeriana. He moved to the Seattle area in the early 1990s to work for Microsoft, after getting a M.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami. Gerardo still works in software development at Microsoft, where he has contributed to many releases of Windows, the .NET Common Language Runtime, several anti-malware products, and currently developing e-Commerce backend services. Gerardo has been applying his software engineering expertise through volunteer work since the 90s, including developing software for United Way and other non-profit organizations, and recently as a teacher assistant for TEALS. Gerardo has two college bound children, with his wife Wendy. He loves to ski, hike, read, write and cook.
Gerrit is sales and marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in the PC industry in both Europe and the USA. Bergsma is currently the Director WW Retail Category Management for Windows PC’s as part of the global Category Management organization at Microsoft.
Gerrit transitioned to the Microsoft Corporate Headquarters in Redmond in 1998 from the Microsoft Benelux subsidiary where he led the Dutch and Belgium retail sales organizations. Prior to his current role at Corp, he held various global management and business development roles working with OEM partners, Retail partners and Telecom partners. Gerrit holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.
Sarah has been a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Bain in the Seattle area since 2001. Before selling real estate, Sarah spent 4 years as a Development Assisstant for CARE, the international non-profit development and relief organization. She also spent 5 years as a Producer for a Consumer Software company and two different dot com companies. While growing up, Sarah had different experiences living overseas in England, Kenya, France & Japan. Recently she spent a year with her family living in Copenhagen. She fully believes in the value of international exchange and finding creative ways to enhance and enrich educational opportunities for children. Sarah has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.
Kelly is a project and program management consultant and owner of a business that focuses on project management education for individuals and nonprofits. An alum of University of Washington (BA Marketing Management) and University of Alaska, Anchorage (MS Engineering Project Management), she is passionate about sharing project management tools and concepts to enable organizations to excel in project delivery. As a volunteer, Kelly has served in various roles including: executive director of a small Alaskan grassroots commercial fishing organization, board member for a homeless shelter in Kodiak, Alaska, and project management mentor for several Seattle nonprofits. She is excited to explore the possibilities and opportunities that await TINFA. Kelly likes to hike Pacific Northwest trails, explore listening to new music and musicians, and stays curious about the world through travel, reading, and cooking. Having been drawn to Latin American countries and people through various experiences throughout my lifetime, partnering and linking arms with TINFA at this time in my life seems like the right thing to do; to help facilitate technology and learning in remote and underserved areas.
Margarita grew up in Colombia, S.A. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota and a M.S. in Software Engineering from Seattle University. After working in the software industry for over 11 years for companies such as Unisys and Microsoft, Margarita became a United Nations Volunteer working for a UNDP project and a Computer Consultant for Save The Children in Lao P.D.R. She currently works for the Technology Department at the Seattle Public Schools. Margarita is TINFA's co-founder.