Director of Strategic Partnerships
Polly Schandorf, pronouns she, her, hers, serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, leading the strategic development of partnerships with our nonprofit partners. She leads event design and execution and lends her expertise to team leads and product managers to foster growth, inclusivity, and community. Polly is primarily responsible for determining barriers to sustained programmatic participation, retention, and partnerships that center around people from historically marginalized and oppressed communities.
Polly was a teacher for over a decade and always had a passion for technology. Coding Python was a hobby for a while, so transitioning to tech was a natural career progression. She attended a bootcamp, and has been working in the Rails industry for the last 5 years. She loves the Ruby community and enjoys supporting newcomers to the community, making sure there is space for everyone. She has spoken at RailsConf, RubyConf, and RubyNation. Polly has a long history of community service and has been volunteering for various organizations since the age of 14. For almost a decade, she has been involved with her local food pantry and soup kitchen, and has even served on the board. She also served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for a young person in foster care for 2 years.
Polly has a strong passion for supporting people in her community, especially children. She loves to knit, can never have enough kombucha, and enjoys growing her own food.