Technology Access Foundation
She received a
Computer Science degree from Monmouth University
in 1979. Her journey to find the right niche in
an ever-changing field has taken Trish to
Philadelphia, Tucson, San Francisco, and
Seattle. Over the last 15 years, Trish has been
a software tester, a software developer, a
manger, a consultant, and a database designer in
such industries as military weapons, business
systems, communications, and medical equipment.
employed at Microsoft for 8.5 years before
leaving the corporate world. At Microsoft she
held technical positions until 1995 when she
changed her focus to diversity and became a Sr.
Diversity Administrator. In her research, she
saw changing population and technical employment
demographics that were damaging for both people
of color and Corporate America.
As access to
technology became as important as learning to
read and write and the technological gap between
the haves and have nots widened, Trish began to
formulate ideas on changing the trend. As an
African American, Trish was particularly
concerned with this trend as it pertained to
people of color.
In August of
1996, Trish left Microsoft and with the help and
support of family, friends and professional
peers, the Technology Access Foundation (TAF)
was born! TAF has a mission of bringing
technology to communities of color. TAF focuses
on students ages 18 and under.
Trish also spends
time talking to middle and high school students
about career opportunities, and attending
various fundraising events for organizations
that address the needs of her community.
project is part of the City
of Seattle Citizens Technology Literacy and Access
initiative in cooperation with the volunteer
Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory
Seattle. Additional assistance for the
forum is being provided by Progress Project of the Evans School of Public Affairs and the Glaser Progress Foundation
and Seattle Community
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