Misty Melton is the founder and Chapter Leader of Girl Develop It Baltimore and Girl Develop It DC, an educational non-profit committed to bridging the gender gap and encouraging more women to enter tech careers by providing affordable and accessible hands-on classes and mentorship.
Also a founding member of DCFemTech, a collective of leaders in the WIT (Women in Technology) community in the DC/VA/MD region, she is dedicated to the mission of bringing more women and girls into the world of technology and believes in collaborating with other organizations working toward the same goal.
In addition to her work with Girl Develop It, Misty works with other Women in Tech groups in the region in various capacities from Sponsorship Co-Director with DC Web Women to volunteering with the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council for their semi-annual RailsGirls Baltimore and Cupcakes And Computers workshops. She also regularly partners with local Hackathons to encourage more female participation and recruit female mentors and judges. Misty also mentors a Technovation Challenge team each year to support and encourage middle school girls to learn to program through a 12-week competition where they design and build a mobile app.
This fall she is in the midst of launching a pilot Girl Develop It program at UMBC in the hopes of providing CS students with real world experience teaching while providing affordable opportunities for both tech and non-tech students to explore CS through hands-on coding workshops outside their normal curriculum.
Misty is committed to fostering a community of collaboration to not only bridge the gender gap and create an industry that welcomes diversity but to create a culture of giving back and using technology to accomplish missions focused on social good. She currently is helping to launch Baltimore Techies for Good, a new non-profit in Baltimore aimed at bridging local non-profits with community members with technical expertise.
She is extremely passionate about technology and learning, and she seeks to foster that same passion in others, young and old.