Fatima Gomez comes to code through storytelling, and understands coding to be another tool to serve that end. She has a background in Latinx Studies and Creative Writing, focused on the ways individuals cope with and choose to heal (or not) from institutional injustice. She went on to work at a small workforce development nonprofit in Logan Square as an employment coach, listening to individuals’ stories and working with them to find solutions to the systemic barriers they faced toward financial stability and their employment goals. These experiences sparked her interest in social media, and software more broadly, as powerful ways for people to tell their stories and disperse information for the sake of activism, organizing, and policymaking. Fatima also enjoys engaging in story through reading, writing, and TV, and she has also been known to shred on an electric violin from time to time.