Emilie Barnard

Community Marketing Lead for Developers and Administrators


Discord is a voice, video and text app that helps friends and communities come together to hang out and explore their interests. I lead engagement of 250k+ users in and manage servers for Discord developers, administrators, and partners communities.

Computer science education is my jam - it's such a creative field that allows for so many possibilities.

I work closely with developer advocates and software engineers, along with product marketing, server moderators, and other community stakeholders. I plan and host various developer and administrator events that appeal to a diverse audience while evaluating and improving engagement within the communities.

I am a first-generation college student. I was a very driven student and double-majored in Computer Science and Mathematics in undergrad. I then earned my Master's degree in Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara. During my graduate studies, I worked as a teaching assistant for the university's introductory course and fell in love with teaching. I had the opportunity to be the instructor of record for a summer course at UCSB, and then transitioned to professor positions at community colleges.

I'm not sure - I truly love what I do. I think I'll always be involved in computer science education in one way or another. Part of me would like to go back to school to engage in more computer science education research and earn a doctorate degree. I'm grateful that I've worked to be in a field where there are many options.

With my cat by my side, I enjoy playing video games on my self-built gaming computer. I also like to build and use mechanical keyboards. I've recently started a fountain pen collection and try to draw as much as I can.

"The most damaging phrase in the language is 'We’ve always done it this way'." - Grace Hopper