First Name

Diana

Last Name

B.

Bio

Diana Balderas is a 18 year old senior at Golden Valley High School who was named California’s 23rd Congressional District winner of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for her creation of Food Distribution, a hunger-prevention app. With the help of a research program she was involved last summer at the University of Southern California, she learned how to create mobile applications in a 1-on-1 mentorship from a PhD student. Recently, she was also awarded a gold medal and scholarship, sponsored by Google, from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in late-November 2017. Not only is she dedicated in her work, but she is also contributing in her community by running a Girls Who Code club for middle school and high school girls to promote young women in STEM by teaching them the basic skills of computer programming. By spreading awareness about STEM, she is a writer for Clover Letter, a community newsletter to inform and empower girls everywhere with inspirational stories. In addition, Balderas is involved with Technolochicas, Kode With Klossy, Girls Who Code, NCWIT, and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. From the inspiration from her father who is a mechanical engineer, he motivated her to pursue a degree in computer science and engineering.