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Rebecca Parsons

Rebecca Parsons

Chief Technology Officer

I am the chief technology officer at ThoughtWorks, with more experience than I care to admit across a range of industries and systems. My technical experience includes leading the creation of large-scale distributed applications and the integration of disparate systems. Separate from my passion for deep technology, I am a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Committed to increasing the number of women in coding and STEM fields, I have served on the board of CodeChix and acted as an advisor to Women Who Code, and I recently joined the Board of Trustees for AnitaB.org. I was also chairwoman on the Agile Alliance Board of Directors for four years and served the organization over a total of six years.

I am also a frequent speaker at industry events including Collision Conference, Web Summit, YOW!, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and more.

Before coming to ThoughtWorks, I worked as an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida where I taught courses in compilers, program optimization, distributed computation, programming languages, theory of computation, machine learning and computational biology. I also worked as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory researching issues in parallel and distributed computation, genetic algorithms, computational biology, and nonlinear dynamical systems.

In 2018 I was honored to receive the prestigious Technical Leadership Abie Award, presented by AnitaB.org, celebrating a woman who led or developed a product, process, or innovation that made a notable impact on business or society.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from Bradley University, a Master's of Science in Computer Science from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rice University. I have also co-authored “Domain-Specific Languages,” “The ThoughtWorks Anthology,” and “Building Evolutionary Architectures.”