Jenna Pederson @ Minnedemo

Jenna Pederson is a technical entrepreneur with a passion for community and equity-building. She is a Principal Developer Advocate for AWS and serves as Board Chair of the Minnestar Board of Directors.

For nearly a decade, Jenna was founder and principal engineer of 612 Software Foundry, where she helped entrepreneurs make their product ideas a reality.

Jenna is a community builder at heart and is passionate about making space for more underrepresented folks in tech and entrepreneurship to come as their full selves. She is a proud Co-founder Emeritus of Hack The Gap, led the Twin Cities Geekettes for a number of years, served on The Iron Yard Board of Advisors for Minneapolis, and served on the City of Saint Paul's Innovation Cabinet to develop a strategy for job and business growth around technology and innovation in Saint Paul. She is a founding member of WE*, a community serving women entrepreneurs in Minnesota.

Jenna also holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

When Jenna is not making her kid laugh or changing diapers, she enjoys taking in a Twins game, live music outdoors, seeking out the best patio for drinks during Minnesota's short patio season, spending time up at the family cabin, exploring new hiking trails, and traveling to new places.