Organizations

Kapor Capital (Partner)
http://www.kaporcapital.com

Kapor Capital invests in tech-driven seed stage companies committed to closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and communities of color in the United States. We are particularly interested in those that address gaps of disproportionate relevance to African-Americans and Latinx’s.


Level Playing Field Institute (Board Member)
http://www.lpfi.org

Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color.  SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer, fully residential STEM enrichment program which provides access to STEM coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color.

SMASH was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Since then, it has expanded across the Bay Area to Stanford University and into Southern California at UCLA.The  newest California location opened 2016 at the University of California, Davis. In 2017, SMASH will be offered at our first out-of-state university site, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.


Kapor Center for Social Impact (Co-Chair)

http://www.kaporcenter.org

The Kapor (pronounced KAY-por) Center for Social Impact aims to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive. We are particularly interested in positive social impacts for communities that have historically been on the periphery of access to opportunity, participation and influence in the United States.

We believe that when the community of tech leaders reflects the diversity of the United States, tech will play an integral role in closing gaps and disparities that exist in this country. Via proven and experimental methods from the for-profit and nonprofit fields, we work in partnership with a diverse set of stakeholders to maximize social impact.

OUR PRIORITY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Increasing diverse tech entrepreneurship.
  • Increasing access to capital.
  • Increasing access to tech and STEM education.
  • Building strong community and community institutions to promote a more diverse tech ecosystem in the Bay Area, with a special focus on Oakland, our home.
  • Leveraging our Oakland HQ as a gathering place for learning and leadership opportunities that help build/expand the startup ecosystem of gap-closing companies, especially in Oakland.