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Catalina Laverde


Improving Music Recs

Age: 30

Title: Engineering Manager

Name of Organization: Spotify 

Catalina Laverde is an engineering manager at Spotify. As a technologist, Catalina takes a lead role in improving the efficacy of recommendations on the Home screen of Spotify’s massively scalable mobile application with more than 400 million users globally. As a change agent, senior management has called upon her to take ownership of enterprise-wide initiatives, including leading compliance efforts for Global Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), publishing engineering Code Review Principles, implementing company-wide reliability exercises, and developing cost/benefit financial assessments. Professionally, she has a passion for quality and a track record of success leading ambiguous mandates requiring broad stakeholder alignment, collaboration, and buy-in. In the community, Catalina dedicates herself to mentoring and advocating for women in technology in public, nonprofit and corporate forums, with a particular emphasis on Latinas