Natalie Villalobos

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Natalie Villalobos
United States
EducationSonoma State University
Known forHead of Developer Inspiration & Inclusion at Google

Natalie Villalobos is an American advocate for diversity and inclusion, working since 2020 as the Head of Developer Inspiration & Inclusion at Google. She was formerly Google's Head of Global Programs for Women Techmakers [1] Women Techmakers[2] is an external-facing program supporting women in technology working to improve the visibility and contributions of women at Google, and in particular at the annual developer conference Google I/O.[3][4]

Education and work[edit]

Natalie received a B.A in history at Sonoma State University in California, US, including one year abroad at the University of Hull, in England.

Early in her career, Natalie worked with the communities at Digg and Yahoo! (MASH and Live) as an Associate Community Manager, and managed StyleMob, a DIY social network for fashion enthusiasts."[5]

From 2008 to 2009 Natalie consulted for the Institute for the Future where she co-led the Signtific Lab, an open source massive multi-player "thought experiment" platform for scientists and technologists to help forecast future disruptions in their fields.[5] And in 2009 she worked as the Arts and Culture Manager for The Seasteading Institute on the development of Ephemerisle - "a floating festival of politics, community, and art".

In 2010 Natalie became the Community Manager for Google+.[6] After working in this role for a couple of years she saw a need to support women in technology and improve their visibility and contributions at their developer conferences and events. In 2013 the position Head of Global Programs for Women Techmakers[1] at Google was created at her request. The team's mission is to provide visibility, community, and resources for women in tech globally, engaging 100,000 women annually across 190 countries.[7] Since its creation, the team has grown Google's 'Women Techmakers' event from an annual event into a scalable program operating in over 50 countries.[5][4]

Natalie is also involved in mentoring underrepresented people in tech through her activities as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies[8] at UC Hastings Law School, and was an advisor for X Prize Foundation on the Anu & Naveen JainWomen's Safety Prize.[7][9]

Natalie has authored two patents for Google, and ran a successful viral campaign to save 300 acres of the Amazon rainforest for the Quichua Nation after attending the Google Earth Outreach/Indigenous Mapping Summit.[7]


In 2011 Natalie was promoted as one of 35 personalities to add to your Google+ by The Huffington Post.[10] and one of the top 13 Google insiders to follow on Google+ by Business Insider.[11] And in 2012 was voted one of the Top 20 Women in Tech to Follow on Google+ by CBS News.[12] She is a conference speaker, and was a panelist at The Trilateral Summit on Women’s Leadership in STEM 2020.[13]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Women Techmakers". Google. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Villalobos, Natalia (December 30, 2016). "Women Techmakers 2016 Year-In-Review". Medium. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Guynn, Jessica (May 22, 2015). "Google I/O attracts more women". USA Today. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Google's Women Techmakers Empowers Women Globally". July 31, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Natalia Villalobos". Latinas in Tech. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Elson Anderson, Katie; Still, Julie M. (October 18, 2011). "An introduction to Google Plus". Library Hi Tech News. 28 (8): 7–10. doi:10.1108/07419051111187842. ISSN 0741-9058.
  7. ^ a b c "Women in Tech". Tech Conference 24 Oct 28, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Staff & Board". UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Advisory Board". X Prize Foundation.
  10. ^ Smith, Cooper (July 16, 2011). "35 Google+ Users You Need To Follow". HuffPost UK. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  11. ^ Crow, Bryan; Lau, Kimberly. "The Top 13 Google Insiders To Follow On Google+". Business Insider. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Ngak, Chenda (April 12, 2013). "20 women in tech to follow on Google+". CBS News. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Natalia Villalobos". Trilateral Summit on Women's Leadership in STEM. Retrieved October 13, 2021.