Yvette joined the Byte Back team in early 2015. She leads Byte Back’s communications and marketing, including branding, press, thought leadership, social media, website, advocacy, video production, email marketing, and print advertising. Yvette says she is “from Arkansas” but has spent much of her life traveling and has lived in California, New Mexico, Arkansas, Barcelona, Madrid, Maryland, and DC. After earning her bachelor’s in journalism and Spanish from the University of Arkansas, summa cum laude, Yvette served as an English teacher for five years in Spain. Before Byte Back, she managed social media and online community building for an LGBTQ youth organization.
She serves as co-chair for the Advisory Council for Rainbow Youth Alliance in Montgomery County, Maryland. She served as a member of the Digital Inclusion Week 2019 and 2020 national planning committees and on the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s Net Inclusion 2020 national planning team. Yvette has advocated for digital equity as a guest writer for Technical.ly DC and shared her expertise on nonprofit branding and thought leadership at national conferences. In 2020, Yvette was named a DC RealLIST Connector by Technical.ly, and she was awarded a Queer Women of Washington Award by the Washington Blade and the Mayor’s Office on Woman’s Policy and Initiatives.
Yvette is passionate about digital equity and IRL equity. When she’s not behind her Mac, a video camera, or at a Lesbians Who Tech event, she loves spending time in the sunshine during those few nice weeks in fall and spring.