A first-generation Senegalese American, M'benda N'dour was raised in Los Angeles, California. As a child, she traveled to all 50 States with her parents and younger brother. While traveling between States, M'benda and her brother would play games like who can multiply numbers the fastest, or tinker around with their electronic toys. This ingrained a love of, STEM, travel and culture that she would carry into her adult years. Graduating in 2019 from CSUN with degrees that include Computer Science, Mathematics, and Africana Studies, she works as a Software Engineer and has a passion to teach young girls how to code.
"Being a woman in STEM, there are... frustrations. Sexism and a lack of representation are only a few things that you deal with on a daily basis. When none of your peers look like you, it's easy to feel like you don't belong. I want to show young girls that there is space for them in STEM, specifically as a Software Engineer. I want to show them that they can do it too, and that they can be a smart, powerful, and beautiful leader." - M'benda