Marla grew up in North Carolina a diehard Duke fan before moving to Chicago to earn a BA in political science at Northwestern University. She eventually made her way to Colorado to escape the Chicago winter and along the way discovered a love for programming. Before becoming a software developer, she held jobs in the financial and utility industries, as well as in constituent services for a U.S. Senator. Marla is dedicated to the Denver startup community and can often be found speaking at local events and mentoring other aspiring developers. When she’s not working, Marla is usually far away from her computer; skiing, trail running, searching for a perfect cup of coffee, or making friends with random dogs.