Girls Who Code Expands Board of Directors with Addition of Jason Spero and Juan Sabater

Jason Spero, Vice President of Performance and Programmatic at Google, and Juan Sabater, Partner with Valor Equity Partners, join organization leading the effort to close the gender gap in tech

Friday, April 27, 2018 (New York, NY) — Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced the appointment of Jason Spero and Juan Sabater to the organization’s Board of Directors. Spero is Vice President of Performance & Programmatic at Google, and Sabater is a partner with Valor Equity Partners.

“We’re thrilled to have Jason Spero and Juan Sabater joining our Board,” said founder and CEO Reshma Saujani. “Their expertise and leadership will be invaluable to our organization as we expand our presence and programs, giving girls across the country a chance to solve problems in their day-to-day lives with computing skills.”

Jason Spero has more than 18 years of experience in product, marketing and general management functions in mobile at Google, AdMob, Digital Chocolate and Openwave. In his current role, Spero is the Global Business Lead for Search, Display, Shopping, Analytics and DoubleClick offerings. Prior to that role, he drove strategy and operations for Google’s Mobile offerings on Search, Display, and YouTube. Spero holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

“Reshma and her team at Girls Who Code are well on their way to building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States.” said Jason Spero. “It’ll be an honor to serve on the organization’s board and support their critically important work.”

Juan Sabater is a Partner at Valor Equity Partners, a growth focused private equity firm based in Chicago, and serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Augeo Affinity Marketing, Inc., which he joined in 2006 to partner with its founder. Prior to Valor, Juan also was a Managing Director in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He currently serves as President of the Board of The Hewitt School, as well as on the boards of The Frick Collection, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Juan holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is formerly an officer in the United States Army Reserve.

“Girls Who Code is making a measurable difference at a pivotal moment, giving the world a real opportunity to close the gender gap in technology,” said Juan Sabater. “I’m thrilled to contribute to their important work in my new role as a member of the board.”

The addition of Spero and Sabater expands the Girls Who Code Board of Directors from 11 to 13 total members, including:

  • Alexis Maybank, Founder of Gilt Groupe
  • Marissa Shorenstein, President, Northeast Region, AT&T
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO at Girls Who Code
  • Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer at Uber
  • Evan Korth, Professor of Computer Science at NYU & Founder of HackNY
  • Jamie Miller, Chief Financial Officer, GE
  • Trina DasGupta, CEO at Single Palm Tree Productions
  • Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo
  • Kara Sprague, Senior VP and General Manager of ADC, F5 Networks
  • Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture
  • Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist and The Craig Newmark Foundation.


 About Girls Who Code: Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, a 2-week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, and a 13-book New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of the 2018 academic year, Girls Who Code will have reached over 90 thousand girls in all 50 states and several US territories. To join the movement or learn more, visit girlswhocode.com.