Selene works at JP Morgan Chase as an Information Architect in Corporate Technology. Using her experience with metadata, data management and modeling, she provides the support necessary to identify and secure information across supported corporate functions. A native of Galena Park, a town adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel, she is happy to be back home after working for eight years in Austin startups. Selene’s entry into the tech industry did not quell her passion for social justice. Instead she discovered digital activism which has a long history and is an important part of social justice movements. Through Code for America and her previous employer, data.world, she has worked on projects related to mapping police shootings through a project by the Texas Justice Initiative, building resources for Hurricane Harvey victims during and after the hurricane through Sketch City Houston. In addition, her own personal experience corresponding with family in the prison system and the time she volunteering for the Inside Books Project in Austin reading inmate letters and fulfilling their book wishes opened her eyes to the importance of access to not only tech but information to these often forgotten and neglected populations doing their best to better themselves and prepare themselves to reintegrate into society.
Selene graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Art History. She received her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas’ School of Information where she now serves on the Advisory Council, promoting diversity and inclusivity. Before working in tech ever crossed her mind, Selene planned to work as an archivist, inspired by her work with museum collections while studying Art History, this includes internships in Mexican art museums and two summer internships at the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston. Outside of the tech world, Selene enjoys discovering new museums, road trips through the southwest, Curb Your Enthusiasm, all kinds of films, and spending time with her family and friends.