Audience in Lecture






Executive Director


Technology Access Foundation


Trish Millines Dziko founded TAF in 1996 after spending 15 years as a developer, designer and manager in the high tech industry. A native of New Jersey who attended Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) on a basketball scholarship, she graduated with a B. S. in Computer Science in 1979 at a time when few people of color and few women were entering the field. Her successful career brought her to Microsoft in the mid-1980s, just as the pioneering software company was set to become a worldwide brand.

Over the next decade of tremendous growth, she saw very little change in the high tech industry: women and people of color remained grossly under-represented. After looking closely at the problem as Microsoft’s first Sr. Diversity Administrator, she determined the only solution was to increase the number of qualified people graduating from college. She traced the root of the problem to the lack of access to rigorous, relevant technology training in our public schools, particularly those in traditionally underserved communities of color. Millines Dziko left Microsoft in 1996, the same year she founded TAF.

In addition to her work at TAF, Millines Dziko remains a committed, proactive leader and serves on the boards of several organizations that focus on children and education. She has received dozens of local and national awards for her work improving the educational opportunities for children of color.

Millines Dziko and her partner live on Vashon Island and are the proud parents of 4 children.