TechCrunch Sessions: Justice is a single-day event that brings together engineers, investors, educators, and activists with the mission to engage the startup community around the responsibilities to promote justice and equality in today’s business world and society at large.
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Amy Bach, Executive Director and President, founded Measures for Justice in April 2011 as a follow-up to her acclaimed book, Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court, which won the 2010 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. In June 2011, Echoing Green, a premier seed investor for social entrepreneurs, selected Amy as a Fellow out of 3,000 candidates worldwide to support the launch of Measures for Justice. For her work on Ordinary Injustice, Ms. Bach received a Soros Media Fellowship, a special J. Anthony Lukas citation, and a Radcliffe Fellowship.
Amy was a Knight Foundation Journalism Fellow at Yale Law School and is a graduate of Stanford Law School. In 2012, she taught Criminal Law during the spring semester at the University of Buffalo Law School as a Visiting Professor. She lives in Rochester, NY.
Erica Baker 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 fourteen 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 on the Advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.
Catherine Bracy (International Program Manager) In that role, she is launching and running Code for All. Until November 2012, she ran the Obama campaign’s technology office in San Francisco where she recruited technology volunteers to build software for the campaign. She also worked on outreach for Tech4Obama, the campaign’s technology affinity group. Before joining the Obama campaign she ran the Knight Foundation’s 2011 News Challenge, and prior to that she was the Administrative Director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
In March of 2015, Stevon accepted a position as CEO of Mission Bit, a nonprofit focused on expanding computer science education to public school students. When Stevon took the job, the organization was completely volunteer run without ongoing funding streams and little programmatic diversity. He has helped raise the profile of the organization by having programs featured on CBS 5, TechCrunch, SF Chronicle, and Mission Local. He has increased enrollment by 40%, doubled course offerings, and expanded to seven locations. More African American and Latino students are enrolled in a Mission Bit coding course than are currently taking computer science classes in San Francisco’s public schools.
Malkia A. Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network. For decades, Malkia has strengthened the organizing and communications capacity of grassroots leaders to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age. A prolific writer and public speaker, Cyril's articles and quotes-- on issues from Net Neutrality and mass surveillance to the communication rights of prisoners and new strategic communications approaches-- have appeared in Politico, the Huffington Post, Motherboard, Mic.com, Essence Magazine, and dozens more, including documentary films Outfoxed, MissRepresentation, and most recently Ava DuVernay's exciting film: 13th, released by Netflix on October 7th 2016. Cyril is a Prime Movers fellow, recipient of the 2012 Donald H. McGannon Award for work to advance the roles of women and people of color in the media reform movement, the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, and the 2016 EFF Pioneer Award for their leadership on digital civil rights. Born of parents in the Black Panther Party, Cyril is now one of few leaders of color in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and a proud leader in the Black Lives Matter Network.
Laura I. Gómez is the CEO and founder of Atipica, a talent discover engine that uses human and artificial intelligence helping companies understand the lifetime of their recruiting data. She has worked in Silicon Valley in companies like Jawbone, Google (YouTube), SearchRev (acquired by AKQA) and Twitter.
She joined Twitter in 2009, where she was the Latina and among the founding members of the international team member. She started solely responsible for the expansion of Twitter en español then moved on to lead international product and localization of Twitter into nearly 50 languages.
Prior to leaving Twitter, Laura reported directly to the VP of International and Growth Product and managed a diverse team of product managers, project managers, language specialists, and support agents responsible for the majority of international initiatives such support, content, communications, market development and marketing.
Laura was key in the implementation of unique community localization agile management of Twitter products: web, monetization, marketing microsites, product marketing materials, native clients, mobile web and SMS
Laura has appeared in dozens of publications as Harper's Bazaar Spain, GQ México, Gente México, La Nación, El Mercurio, Chile, El Universal México, El País in Spain and
the book "Lost in Translation."
Laura was recognized by the Department of State and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her involvement in the TechWomen Program.
Mckesson is a member of the Movement for Black Lives and is known for his activism via social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram and has been active in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland. Mckesson has also written for The Huffington Post and The Guardian. Along with Johnetta Elzie, Brittany Packnett, and Samuel Sinyangwe, Mckesson also launched Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence with key points such as to decriminalize such crimes as trespassing, marijuana possession, loitering, public disturbance, consuming alcohol on streets with reasoning that these crimes do not threaten public safety, but are often used to police black bodies.
Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director at Working Partnerships USA, brings fifteen years of community organizing, civic engagement, and public policy experience working in communities of color and with low and moderate-income families.
Under Derecka's leadership, Working Partnerships USA co-founded Silicon Valley Rising, a coordinated regional campaign to inspire a tech-driven economy where all workers, their families and communities thrive. The unprecedented labor-faith-community alliance is working to build a new economic model that rebuilds the middle class, to raise wages and workplace standards for all workers in this valley, and to address a regional housing crisis that is pushing families and children to live in garages, cars, or near creek beds in order to survive. Silicon Valley Rising members have moved Facebook, Apple, Google, and a half dozen other companies to increase standards and support contract worker organizing and policy campaigns to increase funding for affordable housing and protections for renters are moving across the Valley.
@cryptoharlem founder,@mozilla @fordfoundation openweb fellow at @colorofchange,@InternetFF fellow,@OpenTechFund advisor.F0rmer: @nytimes @cnn @timeinc @tvonetv
Karla Monterroso is committed to closing the opportunity gap for Blacks and Latinos in the United States. She believes CODE2040 sits in the perfect intersection of a skills- and network-building opportunity for Black and Latino talent and a systems change opportunity for a critical segment of the country's economy.
Karla has focused much of her professional life in growing the people and program functions of rapidly scaling social enterprises driving youth advocacy and leadership. Prior to joining CODE2040, Karla was the National Director of Advocate Engagement for Health Leads. Health Leads is a national non-profit changing health care by ensuring hospitals address the intersection of poverty and health.
In her most recent role, Karla developed the national training standards, structure, and curriculum; recruitment systems; and performance management tools that will allow Health Leads to scale.
As their Director of Talent, she tripled the staff size to 70+ team members within two years and grew the operations that impacted employee recruitment, performance, and engagement. She is currently a board member for tech non-profit One Degree (1deg.org).
Karla has spent the last 14 years working for underserved communities. She enjoys the art of group and team facilitation, has a natural aptitude for organizational development and change management, and believes fervently in the cultivation of organization culture.
Karla's passion for equity and social justice comes from her upbringing in a low-income community with parents who dedicated their lives to making sure she was the first in her family to go to and graduate college. Karla is an alumnus of the University of Southern California.
Tony Prophet is chief equality officer of Salesforce. He leads the company’s equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ and racial equality to ensure that Salesforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. He is a member of the company’s executive committee, reporting to Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff. He currently serves on the board of directors of Gannett and is chairman of the Transformation Committee.
Prior to joining Salesforce, Prophet served as Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Education Marketing, where he defined the Microsoft Education business model, channel and market strategy. He was co-executive sponsor of Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) and founding executive of BlackLight, an organization empowering black marketers at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, he led worldwide operations for what is now HP Operations Inc. as a senior vice president. He also held executive positions at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Throughout his career, Prophet has worked as a champion for human rights and social justice, including protecting the rights of young workers, educating female workers on health issues in developing countries, improving schools for children of migrant workers and addressing the root causes of migratory worker flows. He is also passionate about community service, focusing on ensuring low-income teens get college educations, as well as improving health care for children and HIV-positive women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prophet holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chris is a founding partner of Transmedia Capital, an early stage venture fund focused on capital efficient companies that provide technology and services for digital media, entertainment, content publishing, gaming, mobile apps and online advertising. Recent investments include: Wrap, NewCo, Wish, Domo, Tappp, Real Gravity, Kiip, Percolate, Genius, Flight Car, Factory, Scan, Newsle, and Facebook. Chris was also the founder of KickLabs, one the top rated technology accelerators in the world.
Chris has been on the forefront of emerging technologies since the commercialization of the web. In 1997 he co-founded AdAuction, the first online media exchange; the precursor to auction based and dynamic pricing platforms for online media. Chris was instrumental in restructuring business strategies for marketing and lead generation companies GetRelevant (acquired by Lycos), and Aptimus (acquired by Apollo LLC). He launched the first online independent yellow page directory, automated coupon platform, RSS advertising and content syndication system, and helped develop the first peer to peer ad delivery system. He received Ad Age's prestigious i20 award for his contributions to the development of interactive marketing and advertising. Chris has been an active adviser and investor in emerging companies for the past ten years. He was a seed investor in Omniture, the webs leading analytics company (IPO 2006), acquired by Adobe in 2009.
Chris spent more than ten years at Reebok International where he held management positions in sales and marketing and also owned one of the first sports retail chains in Southern California. For twenty years, Chris was distance runner completing multiple marathons and ultra marathons. Today he is an avid cyclist, golfer, and skier. True to his passion for health and fitness, he serves on the board of Body Ami, a producer of organic health products.
Chris co-founded The Last Mile with his wife Beverly, a program that helps bridge the gap between the nation's penal system and the technology business sector. The Last Mile was first launched at San Quentin State Prison, and the program is in the process of expanding to correctional facilities throughout the United States.
Chris lives in San Francisco, with his wife and business partner, Beverly. They are focused on fitness and a sustainable lifestyle. They spend their chill time in Jackson Hole, WY.
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Tech Inclusion is dedicated to exploring innovative solutions to diversity and inclusion in tech through the Tech Inclusion Conference, consulting and workshops. Wayne’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Wayne shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early stage startups, Wayne’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world. Wayne Sutton writes about entrepreneurship, startups, diversity & inclusion in tech at SocialWayne.com.
Monique Woodard is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups where she invests in early stage startups and leads a $25M microfund that invests in Black and Latino founders and markets. She believes that shifting demographics combined with the current $2.5 trillion in Black and Latino purchasing power are creating the next big emerging market ‒ right here in the United States. Monique invests at the intersection of startups led by Black and Latino founders and companies focusing on high-growth categories that will be impacted by this demographic and economic growth.
Monique is also the Founder and Executive Director of Black Founders -- a nonprofit startup started by four tech friends in a San Francisco restaurant over shrimp and grits and jazz music.
Their hackathons at historically black colleges and universities and workshops and conferences for founders are designed to move entrepreneurs from idea to execution. With a mission to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech, the organization has cultivated a new generation of tech founders from Silicon Valley to New York City, Atlanta, Austin, and several HBCU campuses.
Previously, Monique served as one of the first Innovation Fellows for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office where she worked on the many ways that a city at the epicenter of innovation can use technology to transform workforce and other government services. During her fellowship term, she wrote the resolution on broadband and unlicensed spectrum which was adopted at the US Conference of Mayors and contributed to the City’s early strategy around community internet access and closing the digital divide in low-income and minority communities.
Monique was an entrepreneur before entrepreneurship was the new normal. She has built things big and small, including Speak Chic – a mobile app that teaches you how to correctly pronounce fashion brands. Speak Chic gained a loyal fashion-insider following and was featured in Harper’s Bazaar UK, Cosmopolitan, Essence, and InStyle.
Monique has been an advisor to for-proft startups and technology-focused philanthropic organizations including EveryoneOn.org and Startup Policy Lab. She regularly speaks, writes, and advises in the areas of consumer technology, diversity, and civic technology. She has been interviewed around entrepreneurship and investing for USA Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Buzzfeed, NPR, TheRoot, and Essence Magazine.
You can find out more at moniquewoodard.com and follow her on Twitter @moniquewoodard.
Criminal Justice Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California.
Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an American award-winning filmmaker, visual artist, blogger, writer, and scholar based in Oakland, California. His artistic and academic work focuses on queer/trans issues, body image, racialized sexualities, gender, performance and black queer theory. Ziegler is also the first person in history to receive the PhD of African-American studies from Northwestern University in 2011.
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TechCrunch is committed to cultivating a diverse community of participants at TechCrunch Sessions: Justice. As there are a limited number of seats, we ask that each person requests an invitation below. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and you can expect to hear back within 2-3 weeks.
In order to keep things equitable, pricing for this event will be variable and based on the following approach:
$200 – Employees, executives and founders of for-profit companies
$25 – Employees of non-profit and community organizations
$0 – Students, activists or other non-tech persons