Demma Rodriguez has been at Google for eight years. Prior to working at Google, she worked at a startup, Tortus Creative. She was the lead solutions engineer at Tortus for five years before being recruited to Google NYC in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, Rodriguez worked in gTech at Google, leading Google Publishers clients through difficult and highly technical implementations of Google ad serving products. In 2015, she transferred into Google’s corporate engineering division, where she served as product lead for Google’s new staffing requisition system. In June of 2017, Rodriguez conceptualized and launched equity engineering, a brand new initiative at Google, to evaluate the company’s products and build systems that drive more equitable outcomes. Rodriguez is an advocate for afro-diasporan communities globally. Within Google, she is the Global Black Googler Network co-lead and co-president of Allies NYC. Most importantly, she is the proud mother of a brilliant 12 year old, Isaiah.
In this interview, Demma tells Nikki Medoro about her current role, Google’s workforce and push for inclusiveness in the workplace.