Our Diversity Advisory Council brings together diversity and inclusion leaders from the tech industry. They advise us on how our professional development, outreach, curriculum, and advocacy work can better encourage underrepresented minorities and women. In their role as industry leaders, they help us create a bridge from our educational offerings to increasing diversity in the tech workforce. Spanning non-profits to for-profits, startups to tech giants, our Diversity Advisory Council members bring unique perspective to our products and programs.
Hiring Partnerships Manager at Udacity
Ana Diaz-Hernandez manages hiring partnerships at Udacity, an online education company that helps individuals gain skills they need to move up in their technical career. Her previous work experience includes roles across several different business functions, including venture capital investing at a social impact seed-stage investment firm called Kapor Capital. Her personal passion is to infuse inclusion into corporate workplaces, and she's long been an advocate for inclusion in tech companies across Silicon Valley. She volunteers with other great nonprofit organizations, including the Chicana Latina Foundation.
Enterprise Lead in Palantir Technology's Government and Philanthropy
Ayna has worked extensively in software and social entrepreneurship. Most recently, she served as an Enterprise Lead in Palantir Technology's Government and Philanthropy businesses. Before that, she has stints at Microsoft, Evernote, Slice Technologies (acquired by Rakuten), and Eric Schmidt's Venture Capital Firm, Innovation Endeavors. She is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for she++. She sits on the board of The We Are Family Foundation (formed by Nile Rodgers to create a global force of activism and citizenry) and the Expanding Your Horizons Network (a gateway to STEM for which has reach over 1 million girls in the past 40 years).
Partner at Paradigm
Dr. Carissa Romero is a Partner at Paradigm, a strategy firm taking a data-driven approach to helping companies build stronger, more inclusive organizations. She is passionate about applying psychological research to help people and organizations reach their full potential. Carissa is an expert in fixed and growth mindsets, people’s beliefs about the nature of talents and abilities; Co-founder of PERTS, Stanford’s applied research center on mindsets; and a member of the Mindset Scholars Network. Carissa was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2016 for her work on growth mindset.
CEO and Founder of Hearsay Systems
Clara Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Systems, whose predictive analytics technology helps salespeople reach out to clients at the right time with the right message while staying in compliance with industry regulations. A pioneer in the social media industry, Clara developed the first social business application in 2007 and subsequently authored the New York Times-featured best-seller, The Facebook Era. Her latest book, The Social Business Imperative: Adapting Your Business Model to the Always-Connected Customer, was released in April 2016. Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” BusinessWeek’s “Top Young Entrepreneurs,” and both Fortune’s and Ad Age’s “40 Under 40.” She was also named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, InvestmentNews’ “40 under 40,” and “5 to Watch” in ThinkAdvisor’s 2015 IA 35 for 35. Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and previously served in a variety of technical, product, and marketing roles at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. She graduated #1 in computer science at Stanford University, where she also received an MS in computer science. She also holds an MS in Internet Studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar.
Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Alphabet Google Inc.
Daisy is a purpose-driven, tri-sector (finance, media/entertainment, technology) leader recognized for successfully cultivating and maximizing innovation and creativity through inclusive people, culture and corporate social responsibility practices. Daisy is currently Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion at Google, leading strategy and programs to enhance diversity and inclusion at Google and providing strategic thought leadership to emerging diversity and inclusion initiatives across the Alphabet companies. Prior to this role, Daisy led Global Diversity Staffing at Google. Formerly, Daisy was Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion at the Disney ABC Television Group and Managing Director of Executive Search Initiatives at Time Warner Inc. She launched her career as a credit risk analyst at Moody’s Corporation where she went on to design and lead the company's first diversity and inclusion function, led the staffing function and managed corporate social responsibility initiatives. A frequent speaker at global conferences and events, Daisy has been recognized by LatinoJustice as a Latina Trailblazer in Corporate America and the New York City Council for her community leadership. Daisy serves on the board of directors of the Council of Urban Professionals, and as advisor to several service and professional organizations. An alum of the Coro Fellows Program, Daisy holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU.
CEO at Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI)
Eli is the CEO of the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI). In this capacity he leads the operation and expansion of the preeminent STEM education program, SMASH Academy. 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 STEM enrichment program which provides access to rigorous coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color. SMASH has 5 programs at the campuses of Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis and Morehouse College. Prior to LPFI, Eli served as the Senior Vice President at Redbird Advanced Learning, an educational technology company that was spun out of Stanford University and was recently acquired by McGraw-Hill. Prior to joining Redbird, Eli was the President and Chief Executive Officer for Pacific Charter School Development (PCSD), one of the largest developers of charter schools in the country. Eli's background also includes serving as the Director at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and as a Regional Director for Platform Learning. Eli co-founded Admit Advantage, an admissions consultancy that helps students gain admittance to top universities and graduate programs. Eli's passion for educational development began when he started tutoring students at the age of 10. In addition to his work in education, Eli has worked at start-up technology companies and as a strategy consultant with Anderson Consulting (now Accenture). Eli graduated with honors with a BBA in Finance from Howard University and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ellen Pao is an investment partner at Kapor Capital, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, and co-founder of the diversity consulting non-profit organization Project Include. Previously she was the interim chief executive officer of social media technology company Reddit, an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a Board director at Flipboard, and a corporate attorney.
Senior Engineer, Build and Release at Slack Technologies, Inc.
Erica is a Senior Engineer at Slack Technologies and advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, and expanding access to tech education. Erica's career in tech began fifteen years ago doing domain administration for the University of Alaska Statewide System, before becoming a Googler in 2006. Erica's role grew and shifted within Google, growing from Support Technician to Site Reliability Engineer. She joined Slack in 2015, where she focuses on Build and Release Engineering. Erica is a member of the Girl Develop It Board of Directors and is on the Advisory Boards for Barbie, Atipica, and Hack the Hood. Erica is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Level Playing Field Institute Lux Award winner, a nominee for the 2016 Crunchies Include Diversity Award, and was included in WIRED Magazine's 2016 Next List. Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.
Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Jackie Xu joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2013. She supports strategic hiring efforts for the firm’s portfolio companies and advises them on technical recruiting, compensation and team-building. Her passion is to connect talented people to innovative startups. Prior to joining KPCB, Jackie managed a bi-coastal team of engineering recruiters and partnered with executive leadership on strategic acquisitions for Twitter.
Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners
Jocelyn Goldfein is a Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners, where she leads investments in early stage technology companies. She is a widely recognized industry expert on product strategy, infrastructure and organizational scale. Her career as an engineering leader spans from early stage startups to high-growth years at Facebook and VMware. During Jocelyn's tenure at Facebook, she helped convert News Feed to Machine Learning and spearheaded the transition to a 'mobile first' product organization. As an early engineer at VMware, she built core virtualization technology and ultimately established and ran VMware's Desktop Business Unit, a $150M line of business. Jocelyn also held engineering and leadership roles at startups Datify, MessageOne and Trilogy/pcOrder. As an angel investor, she's backed over 20 startups with an emphasis on infrastructure and AI. She serves on several boards, including Harvey Mudd College, and is a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, where she received her BS in Computer Science.
Co-Founder and CEO at Eventbrite
Julia Hartz is an entrepreneur, investor and the Co-Founder and CEO of Eventbrite, which powers over 2 million events around the world each year. Under her leadership the company has generated billions in gross ticket sales, processes over 2 million tickets per week to events and experiences in 180 countries, and is consistently recognized for their award-winning culture and workplace. Julia has been honored as one of Fortune's 2015 40 Under 40 business leaders, Inc.'s 35 under 35 in 2014, Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, and has been profiled for her leadership and impact in top publications around the world. Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks.
Community Partnerships Manager at Code2040
Julian Gutierrez is the Community Partnerships Manager at Code2040, focused on creating and implementing world class programming for a community of innovators, students, entrepreneurs, industry professionals and volunteers. At Code2040, he spearheads major events, including the annual Code2040 Summit, holiday fundraiser and regular community happy hours. He also manages 600+ volunteers and facilitates opportunities for them to support a growing network of aspiring Black and Latinx technologists. Before moving to the Bay Area, he worked at New York University, where he managed the Office of Alumni Relations at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In this role, he enhanced the alumni experience with a wide array of transformative events, networking opportunities and innovative programs. He is a self-described 'geek' with a strong interest in comic book culture and stories, both in print and on the big screen.
Founder and CEO at Atipica
Laura I. Gómez, Founder and CEO at Atipica and founding team member of Project Include. As a young immigrant to Silicon Valley, Laura grew up in Redwood City, the daughter of a single mother and nanny to several local tech leaders. At the age of 17, Laura had her first internship with Hewlett-Packard, which started her career in tech. Laura has worked at Google, YouTube, Jawbone, and Twitter, where she was a founding team member of the International team. Her passion for diversity in tech extends into her startup, Atipica, as well as her involvement with several nonprofit organizations. Her passion is to lead data-driven initiatives that allow top level leaders to understand the business benefits of machine learning in recruiting and diversity.
Founder of /dev/color
Makinde is a software engineer and founder of /dev/color, a non-profit organization working to maximize the impact of Black software engineers. Before starting /dev/color he was a software engineer and manager at Pinterest, Dropbox, and Facebook.
President-Technology at Salesforce
Srinivas Tallapragada is President-Technology at Salesforce. He leads a globally distributed and diverse team of technologists responsible for creating all of the company’s innovative products. Tallapragada joined Salesforce in 2012 and brings more than 20 years of product development experience in enterprise software including leading the development of ERP, CRM, e-commerce and industry-specific applications. Prior to Salesforce, Tallapragada held multiple roles at Oracle and SAP leading the development of many of core enterprise applications and integration of technology from numerous acquisitions. Tallapragada holds a Masters from the school of Human Resources at XLRI, Jamshedpur, India and a Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, India.
CEO at TaskRabbit
Stacy Brown-Philpot is CEO at TaskRabbit after having served as the company's COO for three years. A passion for the convergence of operational, analytical, and strategic execution inspired Stacy to join TaskRabbit, where she applied her experience to scaling and expanding the marketplace. Before taking the operational helm at TaskRabbit, Stacy served as Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Google Ventures, lending strategic expertise to the firm's portfolio companies. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade leading global operations for Google's flagship products, including Search, Chrome, and Google+, and served as Head of Online Sales and Operations for Google India. Stacy founded the Black Googler Network, a seminal component of diversification initiatives at Google and the larger technology industry. She also brings a background in finance from her time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Goldman Sachs. She was recently appointed to the HP Inc. Board of Directors, was named a 2016 Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute, and Fortune's 2015 40 Under 40. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and is President Emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association.
Co-founder at Project Include
Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and diversity advocate. She is currently exploring and advising a range of new projects across the startup world, civic tech and engagement, and diversity activism. From 2011 to 2016 Tracy was an engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, with roles on home feed and recommendations, ads products, web, infrastructure, API, email, and growth. Before Pinterest, she worked at Quora, also as an early engineer there. During the previous federal administration she was on reserve with the U.S. Digital Service as a technical consultant as well. Alongside her engineering career, Tracy is most well-known for her work pushing for diversity in tech. In 2013, she helped to kick off the wave of tech company diversity data disclosures with a Github repository collecting numbers on women in engineering. Tracy is now a founding member of Project Include and focused on driving solutions in the space. She was named Forbes Tech 30 under 30 in 2014 and has been profiled in Vogue, WIRED, The Atlantic, and other outlets for her advocacy. Tracy is an advisor to Homebrew VC and enjoys working with startups on engineering, product, culture, and diversity. Tracy graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, where she was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.