Minakshi (Mina) Velamoor grew up in Chennai, India in a family where love was expressed through diverse culinary creations. She is a Computer Science engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani. Mina moved to Seattle to work for Microsoft and has been a product management professional in the technology industry leading global product management teams through product planning, strategy development, product launch, budget and competitive analysis. She spent 15 years at Microsoft in program management leadership across Bing Ads, Outlook, Health and Windows. A majority of her career was spent building insightful technology solutions for big data needs across product lines. Her expertise with data driven decision management has helped steer products from a compelling vision to a clear execution path. She is currently a sales and business development advisor at Optio3 a technology startup in the Seattle area and leads the career pathways initiative at Rainier Scholars, a college prep program for low income students of color building pathways across STEM and Computer Science, Law and Medicine, Entrepreneurship and the Humanities. Mina is passionate about giving back to local and global communities and strongly believes that giving encourages dialogue between people and unites communities for a common cause. Mina serves on the board of the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and the Virginia Mason Foundation. She is also starting her first year as VP of Fundraising at Lakeridge Elementary. Mina is married to Gautam Velamoor who grew up on Mercer Island and is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Virginia Mason. They have two girls Zara and Anisa. Mina loves to travel, is a foodie and loves to plan places to see around foods to eat.