Andrea Lattanner

Andrea Lattanner

Program Manager


Microsoft

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Had a passion for helping people and grew up with technology.
Left the Valley to major in marketing in Hawaii.
Went into marketing and events for public housing.
Joined Microsoft to develop a community and event program in the retail stores.
Found a passion for philanthropy, helping people & technology and joined Microsoft Philanthropies.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Mission San Jose High School
Bachelor
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Career

Program Manager

Help youth gain access to computer science education through work with nonprofit organizations.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Technology
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I'm often on Skype or email with the HQ for a nonprofit organization, working to learn what's working and what we can improve in our work together. I connect Microsoft and our other partners to resources and people who may be able to help our nonprofit partners in their mission and meet our YouthSpark vision for access to computer science education. You'd see me having a lot of conversations which at first may not make sense, but over time evolve into pieces of a puzzle that I'm putting together.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My partnerships are puzzles where I'm the solver working to get the pieces in the right place, making the connections by talking and listening to what my partners need and finding out what matters most, what motivates them, then try to find the right resources that will help them the most. You need a little of everything to do this job well, but most of all you need to listen and ideate about how to always improve. Curiosity, ideation, and open mindedness to evolve how you work are essential.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start volunteering at nonprofit organizations. Find a passion for the people or topic you're most interested in and try lots of things so your experience is diverse.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
graduate
Graduate
Public Administration

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues