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How Jessica Gomez Short-Circuited Her Way to CEO: A SemiSister Success Story

How did Jessica Gomez become Co-founder and CEO of Rogue Valley Microdevices, despite not having an engineering degree, and with the deck stacked against her as a woman and Latina? Through grit, determination, a little bit of luck, and a whole lot of take-charge attitude, she managed to “short-circuit the whole process.”

She and her husband, Patrick Kayatta, VP, co-founder and CTO, built Rogue Valley Microelectronics together, acquiring a cleanroom from their previous employer, and shipping it to Oregon in 2004. Starting with just themselves, a handful of fab tools, and working 16-18 hour days, the company has expanded to include 25 full-time employees, while creating policies more sensitive to working parents.

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