Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She has an extensive industry background, having worked in R&D and executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years, where she specialized in systems-level software and solutions (multi-media communication and customer relationship management.) In 1996, Lucy was awarded the Bell Labs Fellow Award, the highest technical accomplishment bestowed at the company, and she has six patents in the communications technology area.
Lucy serves on several boards, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) Board of Trustees at the University of California at Berkeley; the Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Colorado at Boulder; the National Girls Collaborative Project Advisory Board; the Advisory Board for the Women's College Applied Computing Program at the University of Denver; the ATLAS Advisory Board; and several corporate boards. She is a member of the ACM nominating committee and the ACM-W Advisory Board.
In 2004 Lucy was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Engineering at CU and in 2007 she was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. Lucy has served as Conference Chair and Program Chair for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, as well as the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem Commission for the National Academies. In 2009 she was recognized as a Microsoft Community Partner.
Lucy received her B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and the Univ ersity of Colorado at Boulder, respectively.