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Meet the TechGirls Team!

The dedicated TechGirls team strives to create an environment where participants can feel a sense of trust and respect for one another. This atmosphere originates from staff attitudes and actions. Participants follow staff members’ example and gain a new understanding of how dedication and commitment can build a strong community. By choosing to work with the TechGirls team, each staff member agrees to uphold high standards of personal behavior and job performance.

TechGirls Team

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Brittany Corn

TechGirls Program Director + Acting Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa (NEA)

Brittany recently returned stateside after teaching English in Spain for the last five years and obtaining a Master’s degree in International Education at the Universidad de Alcalá. Brittany also has experience working in both the legal field and in higher education with international students and scholars. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies: Global Justice and Policy from James Madison University. After years of city living, she is currently enjoying spending time at her parents’ farm, where her closest neighbors are llamas.

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Mary Helmig

Vice President of Youth Initiatives + TechGirls Administrative Director


Ms. Helmig has 30 years non-profit experience, including directing U.S. Department of State Exchange programs, professional development initiatives and youth leadership programs.  Her work in Indonesia, Iraq, across the MENA region and with many US Embassies worldwide has addressed topics of NGO development, social cohesion, religion and society, business development, women’s economic prosperity, STEM training, and civic education and engagement. Ms. Helmig is involved in the design, funding, and program and financial administration of Legacy’s projects. Mary enjoys cooking for friends and family, walking in nature and gardening.


Taylor Hudson

Taylor Hudson

TechGirls Program Manager + Regional Coordinator for East Asia Pacific (EAP) and Middle East and North Africa (NEA)

Taylor is dedicated to educational equity, cultural responsiveness, and community engagement. She has previously been an elementary educator in both Las Vegas and Chicago. She has a passion for fostering student growth and development. Over the course of her career, she has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in education through various roles in and out of the classroom. She proudly served as an AmeriCorps Corps Member for both Teach For America and City Year. Taylor broadened her educational impact globally by serving as a Team Leader for Inspiring Teachers in Cambodia, Tanzania, and Belize. In this role, she led a team of fellows, conducted in-country teacher training, and ensured program operations ran smoothly. Taylor holds a Master of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Bachelor of Science in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University. Taylor loves weekend camping trips, going on walks, and catching up with friends.
Maya Metzger

Maya Metzger

TechGirls Program Coordinator + Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa (AF) and Western Hemisphere (WHA)

Maya believes in the power of education to uplift marginalized voices and change lives. Her experience teaching English in France inspired a passion for languages, international exchange, and cultural enrichment. She believes that through education we can improve the long-term outcomes for communities around the world and create a future where women and girls can flourish in STEM fields. Maya previously worked with international communities in the Pittsburgh area to help adult students access English lessons, prepare for job interviews, and taught a citizenship class to help students study for the Naturalization exam. Maya has a Masters in Medieval History from the University of St. Andrews and a Bachelors in History from Allegheny College. In her free time, Maya enjoys tending to her sourdough starter, her kombucha scobys, and her many plants.

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Molly Pyle

TechGirls Program Coordinator + Regional Coordinator for Europe and Eurasia (EUR) and South and Central Asia (SCA)

Molly is inspired and energized by the ingenuity of young people and believes that global education and youth empowerment are crucial to investing in communities and creating long-term sustainable impacts. She is committed to advocating for gender equity and equipping young women to advance in STEM fields. Studying abroad and working with international students sparked Molly's passion for cross-cultural education, which led to interning for the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan supporting students in Kabul. Her AmeriCorps service years with City Year allowed her to foster student growth in academic and social-emotional capacities and facilitate projects to benefit school communities amidst COVID-19. Molly holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Kansas State University, where she was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Outside TechGirls responsibilities, she enjoys walking dogs, hiking, and frequenting thrift stores for bargains.


Nana Bruce-Amanquah

TechGirls Program Associate + Regional Support for the United States of America (USA)

Nana Bruce-Amanquah grew up experiencing international education and cross-cultural exchange firsthand after attending schools in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Germany, and the US. She now has a BA in International Studies and French from Johns Hopkins University and recently finished an MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris. She has previously worked with the TechGirls team as a Virtual Trainer, application reviewer, and storytelling/social media intern. She also has experience from other organizations in roles focusing on project management, education, and communications.

Leila Bixby

Leila Bixby

TechGirls International Exchanges Intern

Leila Bixby is a senior studying International Relations and Global Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, with her studies focusing on international security in the Eurasia region. Leila is excited to gain experience in international exchange programs and to work in an international, cross-cultural setting. In her free time, Leila enjoys doing online geography quizzes and playing with her cat, Ivy.

Kathie Li

Kathie Li

TechGirls Communications Intern

Kathie holds a BA in Performance Studies from New York University with a minor in web applications and programming. She has a passion for bridging the gap of educational inequality worldwide. As an intern, coordinator, and teacher, she has experience working with underrepresented students in rural and urban areas in Myanmar, China, and the US.

TechGirls is a U.S.-based summer exchange program designed to empower and support young women (ages 15-17) from the United States and select countries around the world to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields through hands-on skills development training. It is administered by Legacy International. TechGirls is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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