Kay Ashaolu

Continuing Lecturer
Alumni (MIMS 2013)


Online communities, Software engineering, engineering management, user interface design, systems design


My focus is on understanding and enabling people to grow, learn, and be more effective, whether that means teaching a new skill, building a dynamic team, or fostering a nurturing community.

I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2007, with a concentration in Computer Systems and Software. I received my Masters in Information Management and Systems from our very own Information School at UC Berkeley. 

I have held several software engineering tools in academic, government, and tech roles ranging from building scalable systems for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, scaling the then-nascent DNA ethnicity and heritage product at Ancestry, to building advertising technology at Pinterest.

I am currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Pinterest, as well as a Continuing Lecturer here at the School of Information at Berkeley. I am also the founder of Kekoexchange, a social experiment that aims to jump-start strong mentorship relationships by enabling and guiding all members of its community to coach and learn from each other.


B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

MIMS, UC Berkeley School of Information