Erica Kangas
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Bio

Erica Kangas is VP of Engineering and a founding team member at Dough, and has served in a variety of technical roles over the past decade. Her work has spanned multiple industries, guided by opportunities to build technology and use data to tackle challenging problems that require the collaboration of diverse groups.

Erica earned her undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Michigan State University. She began her career in the nonprofit sector as a data analyst for the City Year National Evaluation Team, pioneering the organization’s use of publicly available data to better understand the scope and impact of nation-wide programming, contributing to an equity-based approach to research and evaluation practice. An alumna of Launch Academy, Erica has since worked on engineering teams in a variety of Boston-based startups. From education technology, to competitive intelligence, to advancing women+ led businesses, she has gained a unique vantage point from having worked across a range of industries and wide spectrum of team diversity.

Erica is passionate about equity in access to educational and economic opportunities, advocating for inclusive hiring practices, team environments that foster a culture of continuous learning, and product development processes grounded in values and ethics. She is currently a mentor and Community Advisory Board member at Hack Diversity.


Professional

Dough

Boston, MA
VP of Engineering, Founding Team
March 2020 - present
Director of Engineering
July 2019 - March 2020

Dough empowers you to shop from women+ owned brands.

If everyone in the US spent $20 a month at a woman-owned business we’d drive nearly 5 billion dollars towards women-led companies each month. When we direct our dollars to women-owned businesses we have an impact on advancing economic equity.

Join us by shopping & supporting women+ owned businesses: at Dough, you have the opportunity to shop by your values and support underrepresented communities. 90% of brands on Dough encompass a value — from Eco-Friendly to Not on Amazon, and 50% are helmed by women of color.

Crayon

Boston, MA
Software Engineer
September 2017 - May 2019

Collaborated with engineers, designers, and product/customer success teams to build a competitive intelligence platform that helps businesses track, analyze, and act on everything happening outside their four walls.

Testive

Boston, MA
Web Developer
June 2015 - September 2017

Full stack engineer for an education technology startup, providing SAT/ACT test prep and tools.

Collaborated with other developers, designers, educators, and marketing/sales/customer support teams to provide students, parents, and teachers with a great learning and customer experience.

City Year, Inc.

Boston, MA
Evaluation Analyst
August 2013 - February 2015
Evaluation Data Coordinator
November 2011 - August 2013

Conducted quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data management, and statistical programming to process data, meet complex business logic requirements, and adapt to evolving data collection activities and analytics (SQL, R, SPSS).

Enterprise-wide reporting, presentations, and data visualization on student outcomes, progress toward organizational goals, and program impact.

Responsibilities included merging large, complex datasets from a variety of sources, conducting analyses, and distilling findings to effectively communicate program impact and equip a range of stakeholders with data on student and program outcomes. This included collaborations with and audiences from both internal (senior leadership, grant managers, development staff, marketing/communications teams, program design staff) and external stakeholders (school and district partners, funding partners, general public).

Kym Campbell Music

Sydney, Australia
Business Development Associate
August 2010 - June 2011

Development of data collection systems. Conducted business and marketing research; provided summary reports and input on strategic planning. Grant application research and writing. Social media, publicity, and international tour coordination.

ARTD Consultants

Sydney, Australia
Researcher
October 2010 - April 2011

Data analysis and reporting on over a dozen client projects, including evaluations of non-profit and Australian government programs in education, health and human services, and work force planning. Provided support and analysis for online surveys, paper-based surveys, geographic/mapping data, website analytics, site accessibility, and SEO.

Associated Students of Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Director of Student Defenders
May 2009 - April 2010

Managed department caseload across 9 staff members; case strategy advisor on 35 academic & judicial cases. Provided guidance and support to individual students and the Council of Graduate Students (the official governing body of MSU graduate and graduate-professional/medical students) in highly sensitive, confidential cases. Analyzed and interpreted Students’ Rights policy; student representative/advocate on the revision and restructuring of the University Judicial and Academic disciplinary procedures and policies in collaboration with university faculty and staff.


Community

Hack.Diversity

Mentor
January 2020 - present
Community Advisory Board
January 2021 - present

Hack.Diversity is the talent provider that helps remarkable people succeed by bridging the gap between the culture you have and the one you want.

Hack.Diversity partners with employers in Boston’s innovation economy to not only increase the representation of Black and Latinx technologists in the field, but also evolve organizational behaviors and practices to support retention and promotion of that talent.

Since inception, 160+ Hack alumni have contributed to 30+ companies across 10+ sectors within Boston’s innovation ecosystem, supported by an empowering and resilient mentor network from innovative companies.

GET Cities, Chicago

Mentor
December 2020 - present

Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities is a national initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women+ in tech to meet the demands of the industry’s future. GET Cities is led by SecondMuse and Break Through Tech in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates.

Currently serving as a Career Mentor, providing one-on-one mentorship for one of the twenty Fellows of the GET Chicago Fellowship program, the inaugural cohort for the first city to be selected as a GET Cities site.

Massachusetts Service Alliance

Community Grant Reviewer, AmeriCorps
2020
Community Grant Reviewer, Commonwealth Corps
2020-2021

Provided input and feedback on AmeriCorps and Commonwealth Corps program proposals and potential grant recipient applications.

American Evaluation Association

Reviewer, Annual Meeting of the AEA
2014

Reviewed proposals for the annual meeting of the AEA in PreK-12 Education and Data Visualization & Reporting.


Awards

Social Impact Scholar

The Leadership Consortium
Spring 2021

One of two scholarship recipients; awarded to leaders who are unable to access TLC programming within their organization in recognition of their commitment to enacting meaningful change and passion for inclusion. Social Impact Scholars are extended the opportunity to participate in the TLC Leaders Program, in a mission to help more and varied leaders thrive.

Idealism in Action Award

City Year
November 2014

"For building bridges within and outside City Year, bringing transformational ideas, analytic approaches, and tools to our evaluation work with integrity, humility, and inspiring curiosity. You have enhanced our ability to report and communicate results against complex goals, glean insights to inform program design, and understand our whole school impact."

Mass EduData Challenge: Best Use of Data Award

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, hack/reduce, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
July 2014

"The project with the best use of core and comparative data. The data represented is useful, insightful, and actionable insights can be derived."

Led City Year Evaluation team in the development of an interactive data visualization: Exploring Data on Girls' Achievement in STEM Education.


Presentations & Talks

Building Tech Equity: Insights from the Startup Scene

Panel member for Code for Boston X SPARK Boston event.
Virtual
June 2021

Towards Equitable Ecommerce: Dough's Approach to Leveling the Playing Field

Presented at the 10th Annual Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) Conference.
Virtual
April 2021

Industry Night

Panel member for Lambda School event.
Virtual
March 2021

How to Transition to a Career in EdTech

Panel member for Boston EdTech Foundation event.
Virtual
March 2021

Nailing Your Engineering Interview

Panel member for Women Who Code chapter event.
Boston, MA
May 2019

Spotlight on Tech Talent

Panel member for Workable event.
Boston, MA
May 2019

Attending a Bootcamp

Panel member for Women Who Code chapter event.
Boston, MA
July 2018

Big Data and Open Data: New Possibilities for Evaluation in Education

Presented at the meeting of the American Evaluation Association.
Denver, CO
October 2014

A collaborative mixed-method evaluation of a multi-site student behavior, school culture, and climate program

Presented at the meeting of the American Evaluation Association.
Washington, DC
October 2013

Media

MSU alumna encourages shopping from women-owned brands, supports underrepresented communities

WKAR, PBS/NPR
April 2021

Engineering Spotlight: Crayon

VentureFizz
February 2019

5 Questions With Hackathon Winner Erica Manoppo

WBUR Learning Lab
July 2014

Professional Associations

Underscore VC, Core Member

October 2020 - present

The Underscore Core is a curated group of exceptional entrepreneurs, executives, and experts who work in partnership with Underscore VC, an earliest stage venture capital firm, to identify transformative entrepreneurs and support them as they build iconic companies. Core Members have collectively built hundreds of companies, created thousands of jobs, served millions of customers and created billions of dollars in value for their stakeholders.

Inaugural All Raise Visionary Voices Speakers Bureau

September 2020 - present

The All Raise Voices Speakers Bureau was created to amplify women’s voices in tech conversations and increase diverse representation at events and in media coverage by making speakers and sources readily available to event organizers and reporters.

American Evaluation Association

September 2013 - September 2015

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is a professional association for evaluators and those with a professional interest in the field of evaluation, including practitioners, faculty, students, funders, managers, and government decision-makers.


Education & Training

Michigan State University

B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Economics, minor: Asian Studies
2005-2010

Activities and Societies: Honors College, Associated Students of Michigan State University (Director of Student Defenders), and MSU Mock Trial Association (Secretary & Team Lead)

The Leadership Consortium

Social Impact Scholar, The TLC Leaders Program
2021

The TLC Leaders Program convenes top talent from best-in-class partner companies, immersing participants in a virtual development experience that accelerates leadership impact. The program combines an interactive leadership curriculum delivered by hand-picked Harvard Business School faculty with a powerfully diverse peer network to develop executives who lead stronger teams and bring a broader strategic mindset to their business.

Launch Academy

Ruby on Rails Apprentice
2015

Launch Academy is a 10-week, immersive bootcamp that builds foundational skills in web development and fosters essential collaboration skills to train graduates to be valuable contributors on software engineering teams and in the development community.

SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics, Harvard University Center for Education Policy and Research

Participant
2014

The Strategic Data Project Institute for Leadership in Analytics at Harvard University is a four-day data workshop for education analysts and research leaders who want to leverage data to inform decision making and improve student achievement.

Sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.