CTO, Wikimedia Foundation
As the only female CTO of a website ranked in the top 10, Danese Cooper is charged with keeping Wikipedia on the cutting edge as it enters its second decade. As the Wikimedia Foundation’s chief technology officer, Cooper is responsible for the organization’s technical strategy, which includes driving innovation and developing the wiki software behind Wikipedia. The organization anticipates that more users will access Wikipedia’s mobile site than the desktop version in the years to come, and a large part of Cooper’s job will be to ensure that the underlying code is open enough to spread the knowledge contained within the site’s millions of articles to every device with (or without) a connection.
Cooper graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in French Literature. She’s convinced that learning a language helped form the neural pathways that eventually helped her learn programming.
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