Technical Leadership Across the Industry: Victoria Coleman and Jenn Clevenger

Join Dr. Victoria Coleman, the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, and Etsy’s own Jenn Clevenger, Senior Director of Data Engineering, as they trace patterns of leadership across a wide terrain. These two leaders will discuss what leading and building technology looks like in media, finance, e-commerce, academia, the military, and more.

About Victoria Coleman

Dr. Victoria Coleman is the Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. She serves as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Chief of Space Operations. She provides assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the department’s mission. Dr. Coleman also interacts with other services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on issues affecting the Department of the Air Force’s technical enterprise. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and is the Principal Science and Technology Representative of the Air Force to the civilian scientific and engineering community and to the public at large.

Dr. Coleman has more than 35 years of experience in computer science and technology, including as both an academic leader and industry executive. While she is currently on leave from University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Coleman has held an academic research appointment at the Berkeley Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society since 2016. There, she leads science and technology policy on microelectronics and efforts to develop tools for countering digital authoritarianism. Dr. Coleman began her academic career in 1988 as a lecturer in computer science at Royal Holloway College, University of London, United Kingdom. She subsequently joined Queen Mary College, University of London, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science, created a master of science program in Dependable Computer Systems and supervised Doctor of Philosophy students.

Prior to accepting the role of Chief Scientist, Dr. Coleman served as the 22nd Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where she oversaw a large suite of disruptive and innovative programs.

About Jenn Clevenger

Jenn Clevenger is an Engineering leader with a breadth of experience across different industries and technologies, from designing and writing enterprise trading software to forensic data analytics for institutional clients. Today, she leads Data Engineering at Etsy, where her teams are responsible for designing, building and innovating the systems that enable Etsy to leverage their ~60PB of data at scale. Her teams enable product innovation, machine learning, and data-driven insights so that creative entrepreneurs can thrive and grow in Etsy’s unique and vibrant marketplace.

As a woman and parent navigating a career in tech, Jenn is passionate about sharing her experiences and career journey with other women and working parents, demystifying the journey to leadership, and speaking honestly about what has been difficult (but gratifying) about her path.

Jenn has a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and is a Senior Director of Engineering at Etsy. She enjoys spending time with her family and young kids, she loves painting and drawing, rollerblading, playing the drums, and dancing in the rain. Once upon a time, before kids, Jenn loved riding her motorcycle. She grew up in Toronto, and is currently living in Brooklyn.


This event will be streamed through Zoom and can be signed up for here.

Event Details

Wednesday, Nov 10, 20214:00-5:00 pm ET: Discussion followed by Q&A

Code as Craft participants are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.


Can't join us in person? This event will be streamed at 3pm Eastern.

Event Details

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021

2:30-3:00 pm: Registration
3:00-4:00 pm: Presentation
4:00-5:00 pm: Social Hour

Code as Craft participants are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.