Natalie Villalobos

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Natalie Villalobos is the Head of Global Programs for Women Techmakers[1] at Google, an external facing initiative 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.[2]

Education and work[edit]

Natalie is a History graduate. She studied for her 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".[3]

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.[3] And n 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+.[4] 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.[5] 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.[3]

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[6] at UC Hastings Law School, and as an advisor for XPrize on the Anu & Naveen JainWomen's Safety Prize.[7]

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


In 2011 Natalie was promoted as one of 35 personalities to add to your Google+ by the Huffington Post[8] and one of the top 13 Google insiders to follow on Google+ by Business Insider.[9] And in 2012 was voted one of the top 20 Women in Tech to Follow on Google+ by CBS News.[10]

External link[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Women Techmakers". Women Techmakers. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  2. ^ "Google I/O attracts more women". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  3. ^ a b c "Natalia Villalobos". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  4. ^ Elson Anderson, Katie; Still, Julie M. (2011-10-18). "An introduction to Google Plus". Library Hi Tech News. 28 (8): 7–10. doi:10.1108/07419051111187842. ISSN 0741-9058.
  5. ^ "Women in Tech". Tech Conference 24 Oct 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  6. ^ "Staff & Board | UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  7. ^ a b "Women in Tech". Tech Conference 24 Oct 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  8. ^ "35 Google+ Users You Need To Follow". HuffPost UK. 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  9. ^ "The Top 13 Google Insiders To Follow On Google+". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  10. ^ "20 women in tech to follow on Google+". 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2018-08-16.