Eileen Eddy is a Chinese American computer scientist, writer and activist originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina who came to Eastern Washington to go to high school and later university at Washington State where she received her degrees in Computer Science and English Rhetoric and Composition. Eileen has also written a conference Paper for the College Composition and Communication titled “Rhetorics of Coalition Building of Transnational Feminisms of Color” and was a finalist for the 2012 Muhammad Ali Writing Award for Ethics
Award, for her paper on the inequalities of the American healthcare system.
Although she came from a socialist family, it was not until she was attended college at Washington State University in Pullman that she became politically awakened after reading Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks and Das Kapital which eventually led her to join the Democratic Socialists of America. She began to be politically involved in Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008 and most recently Bernie Sanders campaign where she worked on the campaign as a volunteer and got to see him in Spokane.
While she is passionate about politics, she spends most of her time as a programmer down in San Francisco where she moved after graduation for her job at Google as a Software Engineer. She has remained engaged in the two different political climates of conservative ruby red Eastern Washington and its polar opposite liberal San Francisco and has also done political organizing for Justice Democrats/Berniecrats and for the Green Party in both Washington and California.
Eileen is also an avid videogamer and is currently finishing up
programming a computer game that is based on 16 and 32bit consoles with a group of close friends who have their own videogame startup community and they hope to have one game uploaded onto Steam later this year. She is also completing an app for her friends who run a green clean tech nanotechnology startup called TriboTex that has gotten NSF research funding for their product to reduce wear and tear in machine engines.
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