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Nella Ludlow

Board Member at Large
Nella Ludlow
Nella Ludlow,
Board Member

Major (Ret.) Nella Ludlow is a retired Air Force officer. She is lifelong resident in the Seattle Washington area, and currently a full Professor of Computer Science at Washington State University (WSU). More information about her position in academia is at

She is co-chair of WSU’s Gender Inclusive and Trans* Support Working Group, a board member of WSU’s President’s Commission on Gender Identity / Expression and Sexual Orientation (GIESO). She is also supporting member of National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Seattle’s Gender Justice League, and the National Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

She received a Bachelors in Mathematics and Physical Sciences from Washington State University, Masters in Computer Science from Wright State University in Ohio, a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Post-Doctoral studies at University of Cambridge in England.

Major Ludlow honorably retired from the Air Force after sixteen years of active duty, via the early retirement program which was offered in the late 1990s. She served as a pilot, intelligence officer, a research scientist, and as a professor in the Computer Science Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. At the Air Force Research Lab, she served as Technical Director for Artificial Intelligence, and the Director for Advanced Medical Computing. She also served as the youngest member of the US-Russia Force Reduction Talks making several trips to Russia and Eastern Europe. She retired as the Technical Director for the USAF’s Radar Evaluation Squadron working for Air Combat Command.

After retirement from the military, she was Chief Technology Officer of a Microsoft-funded start up company, and later Chief Executive Officer of three successful tech companies, one of which she took public, and rang the opening bell at the stock market. While as CEO she won three fastest growing private company awards and four fastest growing public company awards, and has ten patents awarded or applied for/pending.

She is proud member of the LGBT-community and committed to improving transgender rights. In addition to being passionate about the many issues that confront trans service members, she is interested in the history of the transgender rights movement and has the dream of helping trans-activists someday erect a statue of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to join the other statues at the Stonewall Inn National Monument in New York.

She holds an Extra Class amateur radio license, and enjoys ham radio, camping, and hiking. She is also an artist whose paintings focus on modern-day heroes of of the social justice movement.

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