My name is Catalina, but you can call me Cata or Cat. I'm a 28-year-old Colombian woman, Public Speaker, Female Activist and Senior Software Engineer at Spotify. 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.
Since 2014, I’ve worked on a variety of impactful projects at Spotify that have deepened my software engineering knowledge. I’ve designed, implemented, and scaled the company’s ad platform infrastructure; I’ve project managed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance efforts to protect listeners' personal information, and I’ve helped develop marketing systems that power user conversion. Currently, I’m improving the recommendation experience on the Home screen and leading a large reliability effort to guarantee 99.95% Home service uptime.
I’ve worked hard, built new high-performing teams, embraced the challenges, built a strong network, and been mostly surrounded by men along the way. The latter is the reason I’ve worked overtime towards women in tech initiatives and mentorship for girls. I strongly believe there is no amount of code or technical expertise that is more fulfilling or important than moving the needle on technology’s diversity and inclusion metrics.
Driven by an undeniable desire to create change, I make myself available for speaking engagements on a regular basis, share my very own personal journey, provide career advice and empower women to reclaim our rightful place in the world's economy.