Christina Outlay was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. She grew up in the North Lawndale neighborhood, an area that was central for community organizing during the civil rights and Black Power movements.
Outlay has extensive experience in the STEM fields. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in information technology from DePaul University in Chicago, and completed her doctorate degree in management information systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2011, she moved to Wisconsin to take a position as a professor of information technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Outlay said she loves being a Black woman in STEM, and hopes to share that enthusiasm with kids in Maydm, a nonprofit group that works with girls and youth of color, grades 6-12, to boost their technology skills. She became its executive director in January.