Coco Brown

Board Advisor

With broad experience working across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, president & COO, Coco has developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities around leadership.


1Years with DevOpsGroup

800+No. of C-level women in Athena Alliance's network

4Honors & awards received


About Coco

In 2011, Coco launched The Athena Alliance, which is on a mission to advance diversity in the boardroom by enforcing a robust membership and delivery model. As the organisation’s CEO, she uses her deep connection to community building, executive consulting and professional services to help close the gender imbalance in STEM.

Over the years, she’s amassed a network of more than 1000 C-Level women, VCs, and CEOs from over 100 companies – including the likes of Microsoft, Autodesk, Intuit, OpenView Venture Partners, Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC.

Prior, she served as president, COO and board director of Taos, which is an IT services business that works with technology giants such as Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. Over a period of 17 years at the firm, Coco led it through accelerated expansion drives across five key national markets – Silicon Valley/San Francisco, New York, New England, Washington and Southern California – and diversified the business to increase its value and market position with the addition of managed services and product services capabilities.

Coco has also served as a board member at The Athena Alliance, Taos Mountain Software and MentorNet, and has received an array of awards including 2018 Silicon Valley and San Francisco Woman of Influence. She’s been featured in high-profile publications like Forbes, WSJ, and Fortune, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Current location?

San Francisco

How do you unwind?

My kids! Rock climbing, hiking, beach walks and, occasionally, volleyball

Describe yourself in three words?

Ambitious and Playful!

One quote you live by?

"It will become obvious." When I pace myself and leave space for things to become obvious, I generally get a better answer.

Read Coco's favourite blogs

Cardiff: Silicon Valley comes to Wales

We’ve been set up in Cardiff, South Wales for nearly six months now.

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DevOpsGroup first to launch the BCS Foundation Level Certificate in DevOps

DevOpsGroup are the first to deliver training in DevOps via the BCS that will take lean and agile methodologies to the next level.

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Puppet Vs Ansible

Our lead DevOps Engineer Jarek takes a look at the differences between Ansible and Puppet and includes plenty of technical examples.

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