Arti Walker-Peddakolta is a Senior Product Manager at a non-profit tech company, a former Microbiologist (M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology), and a US Army veteran. Outside of her work in tech, Arti advocates for the empowerment of women and underrepresented groups in STEM and is a co-organizer of Ela Conf, a conference for adult women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people in tech that empowers them to become leaders in tech. Arti works as policy director for Sameena Mustafa, a progressive candidate for Congress in Illinois's 5th district. Arti is a leader with Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI), a nonpartisan project of Human Rights First, and a Defense Council member of Truman National Security Project. Arti lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family, where she loves to garden, knit, bake like Ina Garten, and is always found starting a new home improvement project.