Ruchi Sanghvi, Facebook’s first female engineer, has plenty of accolades under her belt. An Indian native who reportedly never even used a computer until college, 31-year-old Ms. Sanghvi was a key member of the team that conceived Facebook Connect. After launching News Feed, in 2010 she left the company to start up her own collaboration company, Cove. Cove was acquired by Dropbox in February. At the time, the company’s co-founder, Drew Houston, said she is one of the people who “thinks big,” and have created things that “hundreds of millions of people use.”
But the Carnegie Mellon grad is also making waves beyond her 9-to-5 job. Alongside Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, she’s helped to promote the importance of coding in schools as an advocate for the engineer-education movement launched by Code.org. And most notably, she is one of the frontrunners in Mr. Zuckerberg’s push for immigration reform for highly skilled workers in the U.S. called FWD.us.