Natalie Villalobos is the Head of Global Programs for Women Techmakers, Google’s outreach program for women in technology. She scaled Women Techmakers from a once-per-year event for 300 women in 2012 into a sustained program that now engages and provides community for 200,000 women annually in 190 countries. Her team is focused on outcomes that empower women to thrive: job training, building role models, and transforming ecosystems to increase inclusion. She accomplishes this by partnering across Alphabet companies, policy teams, non-profit organizations, conducting in-market research, scaling first-to-market initiatives, and more. She believes in meeting and listening to users where they are with an empathetic, human-centered yet data-focused approach. With a degree from Sonoma State University, Natalie has applied her background in civil rights and social movements to the tech industry where she is a recognized leader in gender equality and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) broadly. Natalie has been featured in USA Today, CBS News, Newsweek, Inc. Magazine, BBC, and Business Insider. She is on the Advisory Board for UC Hastings Law School’s Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, advises Arab Women in Computing, and was an advisor from 2016-2018 on the Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPrize. She has two patents with Google.
At Google, Natalie leads a high-performing global team with members in the US, India, and Africa, and directly mentors over 100+ Googlers annually through internal employee resource groups and sponsorship programs. In addition to leading Women Techmakers, Natalie also leads DEI for Developer Relations, Google’s outreach organization for developers, where she oversees hiring, retention, progression, and culture initiatives for 600+ Googlers. She is the executive sponsor for the Indigenous Women of Google Summit and actively participates as a co-founder of the Google American Indian Network. She has built a cross-Google strategy called Bridge to unify existing and future programs for women under a single vision and narrative. She’s also built cross-industry camaraderie with companies like Mozilla, LinkedIn, Intuit, and more to enable what she calls “collaboration over competition.” It’s through all of this work that Natalie successfully builds capacity for internal and external social change.
In 2010, Natalie founded 300 Acres, a digital storytelling campaign that went viral to save 300 acres of the Ecuadorian rainforest for the Quichua people. In 60 days, Natalie successfully raised $104,000 of a $73,000 goal to purchase the land and place it in a trust to avoid the land being sold to oil developers. Prior to Google, Natalie had a successful career as a Community Manager for Yahoo!, Digg, The Institute for the Future, Get Satisfaction, The Seasteading Institute, and StyleMob. As a public face and voice for companies, and as a conduit for global online/offline communities, Natalie was an effective advocate for products and experiences totaling 500M+ users.
In her spare time, Natalie enjoys travel, mindfulness practices, creative collaborations, exploring her heritage, and studying birthwork as a doula.
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