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Washington, D.C.-based DCFemTech is a coalition of local tech-centric women leaders that aims to “amplify” female pioneers in the tech industry. On March 16, the local D.C. tech collaboration, made up of prominent women, opened nominations to the community for outstanding women engineers and programmers as part of its Inaugural DCFemTech Awards — they received 79 nominations. DCFemTech has now announced the region’s top 30 “Powerful Women Programmers” in anticipation of its April 28th awards ceremony.

The top 30 recipients were selected by a committee of a dozen women engineers, designers and executives based on a rubric which consisted of several qualitative metrics, including: Impact on organization; Complexity of issues addressed with their code; and Impact on community.

“This awards program was conceptualized to focus exclusively on the DC region’s women engineers and programmers – as opposed to awards that recognize women working in non-technical roles at technology companies,” said Shana Glenzer, VP of Social Marketing at SocialRadar and co-organizer of DCFemTech said in a statement. “We are excited to celebrate these accomplished women who are making significant contributions to their organizations and who are unsung heroes in our ecosystem.”

The group’s bi-monthly meetings are open to any women currently working in the greater technology industry. DCFemTech also helps to coordinate the sharing of helpful resources, and works to bring leaders together to close the gender gap. According to DCFemTech’s website, Members are affiliated with organizations, “1.)with women attendance that is 50 percent or higher 2.)who have a focus on technology 3.)have a primary focus in the mission statement about gender or women.”

Here are the 30 award recipients:

· Alisha Ramos, Front-End Designer, Vox Media

· Allison Carnwath, Senior Front-End Developer, Siteworx

· Allison McMillan, Engineer, General Assembly

· Ally Palanzi, Front-End Engineer, Vox Media

· Betsy Haibel, Senior Developer, Optoro

· Brenda Egeland, Director of Technology, All’asta

· Carrie Xianyu, Senior .Net Developer, Creative Information Technology

· Dolores Farley, Senior Software Engineer, AOL

· Emily Williamson, Software Engineer, The Motley Fool

· Jacqueline Kazil, Innovation Specialist , 18F

· Jess Garson, Organizing Data Specialist, National Education Association

· Joanne Garlow, Lead Programmer, NPR

· Judy Jow, Software Engineer, Social Tables

· Kaitlin Devine, Director of Engineering, 18F

· Leah Bannon, Product Manager, 18F

· Lisa Chung, Senior Developer, The Motley Fool

· Lisa Nohealani Morton, Senior Database Developer, NGP VAN

· Marakie Getachew, Lead Developer, AFL-CIO

· Megan Zlock, Front-End Developer, Viget Labs

· Molly Pickral, Lead Software Developer, Interfolio

· Pamela Vong, Tech Wizard, InfernoRed Technology

· Rebecca Bilbro, Data Scientist, Department of Labor, OSHA

· Rebecca Goodman-Sudik, IT Specialist, Smithsonian Libraries

· Samantha Quińones, Principal Software Engineer, AOL

· Savani Tatake, Technical Director, Siteworx

· Selina Musuta, Jr. Front End Developer, Democratic National Committee

· Shannon Turner, Founder, Hear Me Code

· Sonia Hinson, Program Assistant, Syrian American Medical Society

· Stephanie Nguyen, Cofounder, Landmark

· Xiaoyan (Cheyenne) Yin, Principal Software Engineer, AOL