¡Hola! My name is Catalina Laverde A Latina Software Engineer and Entrepreneur
I'm a 27-year-old Senior Software Engineer at Spotify and the CMO/Co-Founder of Civic Action Network (“CAN”). Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, I moved to the United States in 2010 in pursuit of the American dream. Upon completion of my Computer Science degree at Rutgers University, I joined Spotify in New York City as one of their first female Software Engineers in the U.S.
As a response to the United States’ political climate, I also co-founded Civic Action Network in 2017, a nonpartisan civic engagement platform looking to bridge the gap between Congress and constituents. CAN, which is fully available in Spanish in addition to English, summarizes federal legislation, allows users to vote and contacts elected officials on their behalf. CAN currently calls 96% of Congressional offices in all 50 states.
Alongside my engineering and civic endeavors, my heart beats for diversity, inclusion and female empowerment. It's a passion that prompted me to pioneer and co-lead Spotify’s Latinx Employee Resource Group ("ERG") with over 100 members worldwide, looking to create a sense of belonging within the company as well as to open Spotify’s doors to our community. Driven by an undeniable desire to create change, I make myself available for speaking engagements constantly; I share my very own personal journey, provide career advice and empower women to reclaim our rightful place in the world's economy.