Valerie Aurora

Valerie Aurora is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to promoting women in open tech/culture. In addition to leading the development and adoption of conference anti-harassment policies, Aurora created and teaches the Ada Initiative Allies Workshop, which teaches men simple ways to support women in open tech/culture. Aurora, an experienced software engineer, was a leading file systems developer, researcher, and consultant for over a decade. Her contributions to open source software were recognized with the O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2013.


Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora, co-founders of The Ada Initiative, pose, smiling, at an AdaCamp.

The Ada Initiative Founders on Funding Activism for Women in Open Source

Their story, and how they see the complications and changes in the funding landscape.