Seth Pinckney is an expert technologist with a wide array of creative and technical skills. With more than a decade of experience in digital, he has planned, executed, and managed dozens of projects for large nonprofit organizations, private corporate entities, government agencies, and small to medium businesses. The intersection of social justice and technology is a common thread throughout Seth’s career and remains a core focus for much of his work. He is proud of the work happening at TransTech and looks forward to extending his expertise to a growing list of socially aware clients.
Outside of TTSE, she works as an independent contractor to build software for the social justice movement and strengthen working, results-heavy relationships between techies and community organizers. Her work is informed by a background in legislative, electoral, and community organizing for racial and criminal justice campaigns, and by a former life in public higher education conducting curriculum research and teaching computer programming and educational foundations/policy.
Aliya served formerly as Program Director at Code for Progress, where she led the recruitment, in-residence training, and job placement of community organizers of color into full-time developer positions. She is also is the former Field Director of Equality Ohio, where she built a statewide field program focused on bridging gaps between racial justice organizers, LGBT rights groups, and labor. Prior to that, she worked for the Center for Community Change, first as their Ohio organizer in the passage of employment legislation supporting formerly incarcerated people, and later as a national circuit rider working with immigrant rights groups on voter engagement.
Aliya has developed Django applications, conducted tech trainings, or performed data analysis and targeting for every campaign, nonprofit, and university she has ever worked for – despite none of those tasks explicitly appearing on her job descriptions. Now based in Washington, DC, she is thoroughly enjoying life as a non-accidental techie, and is grateful to be part of an active ecosystem of women and people of color who believe tech has a pivotal role to play in creating social change.
Aubrey Schuster is a young, transgender professional originally from Western Pennsylvania. After coming to Chicago in early 2014, she joined the TransTech team as a volunteer administrator, which led to her current position as the Marcom Assistant. Aubrey has a B.A. in Advertising from West Virginia University, and a M.S. in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her position at TransTech, Aubrey is a content curator and community ambassador for Chicago for the website Bevv.co, where she publishes original cocktail recipes, as well as articles profiling restaurants, bars, and spirit companies.