Read biographies of feature guests for the 2019 Diversity in Tech Forum

Read biographies of feature guests for the 2019 Diversity in Tech Forum being held 01/23 at Linkedin Chicago. 


Salvador Maldonado, Account Manager, U.S. Hispanic Market, Google

Salvador Maldonado graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and French. After graduation, he joined Google in Mountain View then shortly moved to Mexico City to join Google’s nascent Hispanic team. For the last 7 years, in Mexico City, then NYC and now Chicago, Salvador has been consulting with agencies and clients on digital strategies to reach multicultural audiences across Google’s platforms.

Outside of work, Salvador enjoys traveling, listening to music, spending time with his family and friends and used to dance ballet folklorico in college (Mexican traditional dances).


Jacqueline Rodriguez, Chief of Staff, Groupon

Jackie is the Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer at Groupon. As a Chief of Staff, Jackie works together with the COO on critical global priorities and works closely with leadership team to facilitate their execution. Aside from her role as Chief of Staff, Jackie is the Chair and Co-Founder of Groupon’s Latinx Business Resource Group, Groupon for Latinos. In this role, Jackie and her team have helped facilitate Groupon’s first Super Bowl ad in Spanish and assisted in the execution of Groupon’s Discover Pilsen campaign, where businesses in the Pilsen neighborhood were highlighted for an entire week on email, app, and social media to encourage Chicagoans to support local businesses and communities.

After graduating from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA and Masters of Accounting Science and before beginning her career at Groupon, Jackie became a Certified Public Accountant and went to on to work as a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young LLP--a professional services company specializing in auditing, technology and security risk. In her free time, she volunteers as a Wish Granter at Make a Wish Foundation, serves as a Big Sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program. Jackie also loves to try new restaurants in the city, travel abroad, and watch social documentaries.

Troy McIntosh, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Cellular

Troy joined U.S. Cellular in 2016 to lead the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion practice. He currently leads U.S. Cellular’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team overseeing strategy development and tactical implementation in the areas of diverse talent management, inclusion, inclusion, associate resource groups, government compliance and supplier diversity initiatives.

Prior to joining U.S. Cellular, Troy led Diversity and Talent Acquisition at Ingredion where he successfully re-designed the organization’s Global Talent Acquisition system and launched the company’s first Diversity & Inclusion strategy. Before joining Ingredion, Troy served as Director, Leader Development at Johnson Controls where he led the company’s global leader development initiative (iLead) aimed at developing the company’s 25,000 leaders. Troy has held various talent roles at Abbott Laboratories, United Airlines and Pactiv Corporation.

Troy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Samuel Garcia, Enterprise Business Manager, Linkedin

Samuel is an Enterprise Customer Success Manager, where he works with customers to empower their Sales Organizations and take some of their most critical initiatives like Efficient Prospecting, Building Stronger Relationships and Growing New Logo Acquisitions from inception to ROI. With over 10 years of technology experience in the financial, automotive, managed services industries and a focus on retaining and optimizing customers, Samuel has taken his talents to helping architect and on-board customers in the Enterprise SaaS space.

During his time at LinkedIn Chicago, he's become one of the Regional Office Leads for HOLA (Hispanics of LinkedIn Alliance) where he aligns with the mission of uniting LinkedIn employees and the Latino community to increase access to opportunity. Most recently the collective efforts of HOLA have allowed them to be recognized by Latina Style as one of "The 2018 Top 20 Employee Resource Groups of the Year".

A passion of Samuel's is community outreach primarily focused in Chicago's Pilsen, Back of the yards and La Villita neighborhoods. He serves as a Chaplain for the Cook County Department of Corrections where he mentors and advises inmates as they prepare to re-enter society. Other passions include working with his local church where he's served in missions to Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay & Mexico.

Danielle Dumerer, Chief Information Officer, City of Chicago

Danielle is CIO and Commissioner of the City of Chicago's Department of Innovation and Technology, where she is working to improve how residents interact with government by creating more responsive and accessible digital services.

Danielle brings over ten years experience in government tech, having served as the City’s CTO and leading data, digital inclusion, and other strategic initiatives. In 2016, Danielle and her team were recognized by the Chicago chapters of SIM and AITP as the Most Effective IT Team in a large company.

Prior to joining government, Danielle developed educational technology products at the McGraw-Hill Companies. She also worked in the Library and Archives field—serving educational and non-profit organizations to promote equitable access to and preservation of information resources.

Danielle holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

Oscar Ibarra, Team lead, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Oscar is a dynamic, results-driven, sales leader. In his current role he is responsible for driving the strategy of Partner Management North America , consulting clients on Facebook's advertising best practices, and leading a team of dynamic sales professionals for Facebook's Partner Management Agency Business. Oscar is one of the Co-Leads of the Latin@FBCHI group, Facebook's LatinX ERG. Oscar has been in sales over 13 years. He has been in a Sales Leadership Role 5 out of the last 13 years. Prior to Facebook, Oscar was a Sales Leader for CareerBuilder where he was responsible for providing Human Capital Management solutions to his clients.

Oscar is a first generation Mexican American, born in Mexico City and raised on Chicago's Northwest Side. Oscar graduated from Lane Tech High School and went onto College of Dupage and North Park University where he was a student-athlete, he competed 4 years at the collegiate level for baseball. In his free time Oscar is actively involved with the Chicago Mudcats Sport and Social Club as the President of the board, running, working out, and spending time with his family.

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