Trish Mallines Dziko

Trish Mallines Dziko

Trish has 36 years of experience in the tech field and 20 years’ experience in STEM education. She has worked as a software developer, manager, consultant, and database manager in military weapons, business systems, communications, and medical equipment. In 1996 Trish left the industry and started the Technology Access Foundation.


Phase 1 (1996 – 2001)

  • Teen training and internship program
  • Community Partnership

Phase 2 (2001 – 2007)

  • Added kindergarten to 8th grade technology programs
  • Increase student population for TAF after school programs
  • Tested public school waters

Phase 3 (2008 – 2016)

  • Opened a partnership school in Federal Way, WA (TAF Academy)
  • Launched teacher training programs to help at other public schools
  • Piloted school transformation program to get schools to be like TAF
  • Manage a fellowship that helps black teachers into schools
  • Cut after school programs

Quotes from her presentation:

  • “Changing behavior really helps fix problems”
  • “Longstanding historical inequities for students of color in public education is the root of the problem”