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A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe in engineering sciences, Felicia was introduced to engineering from her MESA teacher at Kennedy High School in Richmond.


“Through MESA, I learned about the different fields within engineering, attended seminars and learned from professionals, attended a summer program at UC Berkeley, received tutoring, prepped for college entrance exams, and landed a great summer job at the Chevron Refinery.”


Felicia spent 14 years in the telecommunications industry working for Bell South Corporation in Atlanta on projects such as the 1996 Summer Olympics telecom infrastructure and Bell South’s launch of internet services.


She realized, though, that her calling was to help students. She returned to school, became a middle school math and is now the principal at Bella Vista Elementary School in Oakland. I’m now a consumer of technology rather than a creator, but now I’m trying to raise the next generation of technology creators.