Alumni Making Waves

Our Austin Community: Juno Simmons

May 12, 2021

Juno Simmons

Houston 2009

Manager of Google Cloud Technical Residency Program


How are you making an impact for kids, the community, or the network?

Recently served as a four-year advisory school board member for IDEA Charter Schools in Austin from 2016-2020.  At Google, I am working to bridge the gap between what students learn in their universities and what they need to be successful in a technical-facing role.  I’m continuing to do ongoing K-12 professional development sessions for districts on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and partner with districts to provide students with exposure to tech companies at an early age. Finally, I host an annual back-to-school drive to provide schools with backpacks and resources for their students.

What do you hope to be true for Austin kids, community, and/or the alumni network 10 years from now?

As the city of Austin continues to grow, I would love to see all districts provide students with a high-quality education regardless of their zip code.  After being shut down in a pandemic for over a year, I believe that it’s critical for students to have exposure and access – access to new opportunities, access to greater education, access to success – access they may otherwise not have.  If we are going to eliminate the opportunity gap we need to continue to invest in both our schools and our communities. 

Connect with Juno Simmons on LinkedIn. 

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