Uber gives Richmond native ‘full ride’ to tech bootcamp


An El Cerrito High alum has won a full scholarship from Uber to attend a coding and web development bootcamp in Miami called Ironhack.

Diana Marie Lee, who grew up in Richmond, graduated from El Cerrito High in 1982 and moved to Miami about four years ago, is one of three full scholarship award winners out of 1,000 applicants, according to a statement from Ironhack. The scholarships are funded by Uber South Florida.

Lee learned about the scholarship opportunity through Uber. She founded and operates Sweet Livity LLC, which offers strategic coaching and wellness services, and hopes to use the knowledge and skills she learns at Ironhack to better serve her clients. In the program, she expects to learn UX design (user experience design) and UI design (user interface design).

Lee attended San Francisco State University and majored in Health Science/Community Health Education. She has an extensive background in community health, including positions at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Northern California, as founder and executive director of the Sickle Cell Community Health Network of Northern California, and as vice-president of the National Community Development Institute in Oakland.  She has also worked with non-profit organizations in Belize, Central America, and Kingston, Jamaica, according to Ironhack.

“My vision is to bridge the gap between good design, technology, and social justice so I’ll be a more effective healer, activist, and business owner in 2017 and beyond,” Lee said in the statement.