Ramona Pierson: From Coma Patient to Silicon Valley Executive

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Ramona Pierson was a 22-year-old Marine when she was hit by a drunk driver and landed in a coma. When she woke up 18 months later, she was blind and unable to walk or speak. She went on to become a champion cyclist and rock climber, while still blind. She later regained her sight and became CEO of a startup, Declara, which develops technology for customized learning tools. We talk to Pierson as part of our First Person series profiling Bay Area innovators and leaders who make our region unique.