San Francisco, June 6, 2017

Inclusion. Equity. Action.

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.

All participants will have the opportunity to explore:

  • Tech’s role in civic and social activism
  • Politics
  • The criminal justice system
  • STEM education
  • Diversity and inclusion, and more



Today's innovators, leaders and experts share their experiences and insights


Collaborate and develop real-world strategies to educate and uplift your organization


Meet passionate activists within the startup community throughout the day and during our closing reception for all attendees


Alamo Drafthouse Mission
2550 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110


Day 1

Event Participants

  • Amy Bach

    Amy Bach

    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.

    See Amy Bach's Crunchbase profile
  • Erica Joy Baker

    Erica Joy Baker

    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.

    See Erica Joy Baker's Crunchbase profile
  • Catherine Bracy

    Catherine Bracy

    Catherine Bracy is a civic technologist and community organizer whose work focuses on the intersection of technology and political and economic inequality. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the TechEquity Collaborative, an organization in Oakland, CA that seeks to build an inclusive tech ecosystem in California’s Bay Area, and the founder of, to support the growing movement of technologists fighting back against American authoritarianism.

    She was previously Code for America’s Senior Director of Partnerships and Ecosystem where she grew Code for America’s Brigade program into a network of over 50,000 civic tech volunteers in 80+ cities across the US. She also founded Code for All, the global network of Code-for organizations with partners on six continents. Catherine built Code for America’s civic engagement focus area, creating a framework and best practices for local governments to increase public participation which has been adopted in cities across the US.

    During the 2012 election cycle she was Director of Obama for America's Technology Field Office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. She was responsible for organizing technologists to volunteer their skills for the campaign’s technology and digital efforts. Prior to joining the Obama campaign, she ran the Knight Foundation’s 2011 News Challenge and before that was the administrative director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She is on the board of directors at the Data & Society Research Institute and the Public Laboratory.

    See Catherine Bracy's Crunchbase profile
  • Bernard Coleman

    Bernard Coleman

    Global head of diversity and inclusion at Uber

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  • Donald Coolidge

    Donald Coolidge

    Donald Coolidge is a NYC based entrepreneur with a passion for consumer technology. Donald launched his first startup in 2011 and in 2014 he unveiled CogniToys, connected smart toys that are changing the way a generation of digital kids learn and play. CogniToys are a Time Magazine Best Invention of 2015 and were tabbed as the “Best Use of A.I. in Education” by the coveted A.I. Awards.

    Prior to becoming involved in technology Donald served 8 ½ years in the Marine Corps to include time in Iraq and Africa. He’s passionate about working with young veterans and giving back to the veteran community.

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  • Malkia Cyril

    Malkia Cyril

    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,, Essence Magazine, and dozens more, including documentary films Outfoxed, MissRepresenCyril 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.tation, and most recently Ava DuVernay's exciting film: 13th, released by Netflix on October 7th 2016.

    See Malkia Cyril's Crunchbase profile
  • Laura Gómez

    Laura Gómez

    Laura I Gómez currently hold two positions: CEO and Founder of Atipica, a venture-backed startup focused on big data, machine learning and analytics for talent acquisition and diversity teams. She is also a founding member of Project Include.

    Gómez have worked in tech since the age of was seventeen. She proudly worked at Twitter in its early stages, where was a founding team member of the International team and lead Twitter's product expansion into numerous languages and dozens of countries. She has also worked Jawbone, YouTube, Google Brasil and AKQA London.

    Been featured numerous publications and television programming around the world, including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes México, GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Huffington post.

    Recognized by the Department of State and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for involvement in the TechWomen Program - Gómez was the only female leader at Twitter to participate in 2012. Currently serving on the board of Institute for Technology and Public Policy alongside Lt Governor Gavin Newsom and former Secretary of State George P Schultz

    See Laura Gómez's Crunchbase profile
  • Y-Vonne Hutchinson

    Y-Vonne Hutchinson

    Y-Vonne Hutchinson is a former international labor rights lawyer, the founder of Ready Set, a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland, CA, and a co-founder of Project Include. As a lawyer and advocate, she has worked with foreign national governments, the US Department of State, and the UN. She is a member of Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy network and an expert on labor relations and diversity in the workplace.

    See Y-Vonne Hutchinson's Crunchbase profile
  • Matt King

    Matt King

    Born legally blind, Matt King lost his remaining vision while a student of electrical engineering and music at the University of Notre Dame. Thus began a life-long focus on making technology accessible to everyone. He spent 25 years at IBM combining his passion for technology and accessibility before joining the Facebook team in 2015. Now, Matt aids the engineering of accessible product experiences, shapes accessibility products such as automatic alternative text and helps advance industry standards for accessibility as a W3C editor and ARIA Authoring Practices task force chair. As a three-time Paralympian with a world record in tandem track cycling, Matt is passionate about sharing his message that disability is not a reason for expecting less from life or from one another.

    See Matt King's Crunchbase profile
  • Kenyatta Leal

    Kenyatta Leal

    Kenyatta Leal Former San Quentin Inmate and Graduate of “The Last Mile”, Kenyatta Leal spent nearly 19 years incarcerated within the California prison system for possession of a firearm under California’s Three Strike Law. Throughout his incarceration Kenyatta spent his time preparing for his future academically, vocationally, and spiritually. Upon his arrival at San Quentin, Kenyatta was inspired by a number of men who had turned their lives around by committing themselves to the process of change. A high school dropout at 17, Kenyatta decided then to begin his journey to earn his GED and, ultimately, his Associates of Arts degree. In 2011, he graduated as Class Valedictorian with a 3.95 GPA. Kenyatta is a founding member of The Last Mile, an entrepreneurial program sponsored by San Francisco Venture Capitalists Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti. While incarcerated, he also participated in and facilitated The San Quentin TRUST, No More Tears, the Victim Offender Education Group, California Reentry Institute and many other self-help programs. Upon his release in 2012, Kenyatta began a paid internship at RocketSpace and since then has earned a Management position with the San Francisco based technology campus. He continues to serve as an evangelist for The Last Mile and is a featured speaker at numerous conferences and corporate events.

    See Kenyatta Leal's Crunchbase profile
  • KR Liu

    KR Liu

    KR Liu is the VP, Advocacy and Accessibility at Doppler Labs, the company behind Here One—two wireless buds and a smartphone app that let you control how you hear the world. Over the last two decades, she’s launched some of the most disruptive hardware lifestyle tech brands on the market, from iPhone cases and portable power, to wireless headphones and smartwatches, and now, augmented audio devices.

    Diagnosed with severe hearing loss at the age of three, KR has made it her life's work to be a strong advocate and voice championing new products that enhance the way we hear the world. She has been awarded a U.S. Congressional award; Silicon Valley's Top 40 Under 40 and 2017 Women of Influence; and 2015 Women on the Move by Women's Business Journal for her advocacy work in hearing health and technology.

    Beyond her work at Doppler Labs, KR is also actively involved with industry organizations that are working toward tech innovation in hearing accessibility. KR is on the board of directors for the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) audio division. Also, she is a brand ambassador for the World Wide Hearing Foundation (an arm of the World Health Organization).

    Her passion for helping others, combined with her work as an advocate for both the hearing health and the LGBTQ community, has KR leading talks at multiple events per year. She has also been invited to speak on hearing health at the White House, the UN, and on Capitol Hill to push for more accessibility and innovation in hearing technology.

    See KR Liu's Crunchbase profile
  • Leslie Mac

    Leslie Mac

    Leslie Mac is co-founder at Safety Pin Box, a monthly subscription box for white people striving to be allies in the fight for Black Liberation. She is a Brooklyn-born activist and first-generation American who speaks nationally about connecting social media to social justice and facilitating movement building discussions.

    Leslie is also a lead organizer for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, a producer, and host of the Interracial Jawn Podcast. Prior to Safety Pin Box, Leslie founded Ferguson Response Network to connect nationwide racial justice organizers.

    See Leslie Mac's Crunchbase profile
  • DeRay Mckesson

    DeRay Mckesson

    Strategically mobilizing via social media, DeRay Mckesson is civil rights activist and an educator with a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement. Since the Ferguson Protests of 2014, Mckesson has been a consistent presence in Black resistance. Mckesson left his job with Minneapolis Public Schools to bear witness to (and participate in) protests over Mike Brown’s death. He has continued protesting other deaths at the hands of police, including Freddie Gray in Baltimore in 2015. Mckesson was briefly arrested in July 2015 while live-streaming a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, over the killing of Alton Sterling.

    In April 2015, Mckesson and fellow activists Johnetta Elzie, Samuel Sinyangwe, and Brittany Packnett launched Mapping Police Violence, to collect data on people killed by police during 2014 (at the time there was no official data collection of this type taking place). n August 2015, the same group launched Campaign Zero (, a ten-point policy plan for police reform. Their latest project, Resistance Manual ( disseminates up-to-date information and tools for organizing against the reactionary politics of the Trump administration and leaders in Congress. Mckesson and Elzie were each awarded the Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award for their activism in Ferguson. In 2015 Mckesson was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, and one of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet by TIME Magazine in 2016.

    Mckesson is currently the interim Chief Human Capital Officer for Baltimore City Public Schools and a Teach for America alum. He is a 2007 graduate of Bowdoin College, and received an honorary doctorate from The New School in 2016.

    See DeRay Mckesson's Crunchbase profile
  • Derecka Mehrens

    Derecka Mehrens

    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 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.

    Derecka also led Working Partnerships USA to launch a strategic plan for 2015-2018 including: improving the wages, benefits, and working conditions of 100,000 low-wage workers through industry and sector-based policy and organizing campaigns; developing cutting-edge health prevention programs aimed at eliminating growing health disparities based on race and income; and advancing progressive tax and fiscal policies through engaging our base of 60,000 infrequent voters in a new model of community-driven governance that connects mass-based civic engagement, deep grassroots organizing, and values-based leadership.

    As Working Partnerships USA's organizing director from 2008 to 2013, she was instrumental in developing organizing and campaign strategies to win policies improving the lives of workers and their families, including the 2012 minimum wage increase in the City of San Jose. She led the organization's non-partisan civic engagement programs building an organized base of more than 40,000 low-income communities of color in Silicon Valley, registering more than 14,000 voters and working to increase civic participation rates of voters of color and low-income voters in Santa Clara County.

    Mehrens is the daughter of a union construction worker and a union community college teacher and is married with two young children. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in Sociology, History and International Studies

    See Derecka Mehrens's Crunchbase profile
  • Matt Mitchell

    Matt Mitchell

    @cryptoharlem founder,@mozilla @fordfoundation openweb fellow at @colorofchange,@InternetFF fellow,@OpenTechFund advisor.F0rmer: @nytimes @cnn @timeinc @tvonetv

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  • Karla Monterroso

    Karla Monterroso

    Karla Monterroso is committed to closing the opportunity gap for Blacks and Latinos in the United States. She is currently the VP of Programs at Code2040, an organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for Black and Latinx people. Code2040 uses a variety of direct service interventions to push systems change across the economy. Code2040's goal is to close the achievement, skills, and wealth gaps in the United States.

    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 both Director of Talent and 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.

    Karla has spent the last 14 years working alongside underrepresented communities. 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 graduate from college and become a working professional. Karla is an alumnus of the University of Southern California.

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  • Tony Prophet

    Tony Prophet

    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.

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  • Chris Redlitz

    Chris Redlitz

    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: Wish, Domo, Percolate, Snap, Genius, Scan, TalkIQ, Kickback, Alpha, Superphone, Lively, Mystery Science 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 twenty 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 a fitness junkie, golfer, and skier.

    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 is in multiple correctional facilities throughout California.

    Chris lives in San Francisco, with his wife and business partner, Beverly. They are focused on fitness and a sustainable lifestyle. They are GS Warrior fans and spend their chill time in Jackson Hole, WY.

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  • Shaka Senghor

    Shaka Senghor

    Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and a Senior Fellow with The Dream Corps. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, was released in March 2016 and debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List as well as The Washington Post Best Seller List. An unforgettable tale of forgiveness and second chances, Writing My Wrongs reminds us that our worst deeds don't define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. Shaka’s story has inspired thousands and serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.

    Shaka is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Ford Man of Courage Award, the 2016 NAACP Great Expectations Award, the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year Award and the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He was recently recognized by OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) as a “Soul Igniter” in the inaugural class of the SuperSoul 100, a dynamic group of trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world around them and encouraging others to do the same. He is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a current Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of redemption around the world.

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  • Justin Steele

    Justin Steele

    Justin Steele is a Principal at, where he leads giving portfolios focused on Racial Justice nationally and on local giving around Google offices around the U.S. Prior to joining, Justin served as Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. site of job training nonprofit Year Up, and he began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Co. and The Bridgespan Group creating strategic plans for companies and social sector organizations. Justin received an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Virginia and earned a dual MBA/MPA master’s degree from Harvard with a concentration in nonprofit management and urban social policy. He lives in Oakland with his wife and their three daughters.

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  • Wayne Sutton

    Wayne Sutton

    Wayne Sutton i 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

    Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne has been recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley, one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 most influential black people on social media in 2014.

    In 2014 Wayne co-founded BUILDUP, a non-profit designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs through educational workshops and fellows program for underrepresented tech founders. In 2011, Wayne co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4. Prior to NewMe he worked in media in Raleigh, NC for NBC17 and the News and Observer. In 2009 Wayne was the co-founder of TriOut, a mobile location-based startup in Raleigh, NC which exited. Wayne has worked with large brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups. With a passion for community Wayne has organized Social Media Conferences, tech meetups, and hackathons such as the world’s first Food Hackathon, which assembled leading food innovators, chefs, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate on solutions in the food ecosystem.

    Wayne has been featured on CNN, BBC, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, Black Enterprise, and various online media outlets. Being an early adopter Wayne was one of the first 1000 users on Twitter which as lead to a loyal following not only on Twitter, but Facebook and Google+. His blog has been ranked one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world over the years.

    Wayne is a past TED attendee in 2012. With a passion for education and storytelling, Wayne has spoken at several universities and major internet and technology focused conferences such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, UNC, NC State, TEDx, World Wide Web(WWW) Conference, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By South West (SXSW), DockerCon 2015 and for the U.S. Embassy Jamaica during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.

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  • Katherine Webster

    Katherine Webster

    Katherine Webster is Founder of VetsinTech and TechCentralSF.
    VetsinTech, ViT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific
    network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in
    Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment.

    In November 2010, Katherine founded TechCentralSF –TechCentralSF San Francisco’s exclusive online directory resource and collaborative community for High Tech, Biotech, and Cleantech with over 1,000 start-up companies and established innovators making breakthroughs across San Francisco.

    Katherine was awarded a "Certificate of Honor" by Mayor Gavin Newsom for "recognizing the pressing need to convene cutting edge firms in the technology sectors - high tech, biotech, and

    See Katherine Webster's Crunchbase profile
  • Maxine Williams

    Maxine Williams

    Maxine Williams is a Global Director of Diversity at Facebook.

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  • Monique Woodard

    Monique Woodard

    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 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 and follow her on Twitter @moniquewoodard.

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  • Ana Zamora

    Ana Zamora

    Ana Zamora is the Criminal Justice Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California where she leads an inter-disciplinary strategy to reduce our state’s over reliance on incarceration and to end the criminalization of race and poverty. A large part of her advocacy at the ACLU-NC has focused on ending the death penalty, pushing reforms to reduce and remedy wrongful convictions, and more recently on prosecutorial accountability and transparency. Ana has worked for the ACLU of Northern California since 2009 in a variety of roles and for different issues, including education equity, racial justice, voting rights, and of course, criminal justice. Ana has over a decade of experience working as a justice advocate, including serving as the Campaign Manager for the No on 66 Campaign, a California ballot measure funded by prosecutors and prison guards to “fix” the death penalty, and as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Yes on 34 Campaign in 2012 to end the death penalty. In 2014, Ana took a year leave of absence from the ACLU-NC to serve as the inaugural Policy Director of a newly formed team tasked with devising and implementing a national Eighth Amendment strategy to end the death penalty. In this capacity, Ana provided strategic guidance to state legislative campaigns in a variety of states that retain the death penalty, as well as advised funders on emerging funding opportunities to advance the national strategy and respond to threats. Prior to joining the ACLU-NC, Ana served as the Information Resources Administrator at the California Appellate Project where she provided support and assistance to panel attorneys representing death row inmates post-conviction. Ana is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, California where she still lives with her wife, cat and dog.

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  • Michael Essien

    Michael Essien

    Michael Essien is a product of Los Angeles Unified School District. He left home to attend UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, he played college football while completing his undergraduate degree in African American Studies. After graduation, Michael worked as a mentor in the High Achievement Wisdom & Knowledge (H.A.W.K.) Program focused on African American youth in the City of Oakland. Mentoring youth caused him to choose education as a career. Michael began teaching at McClymonds High School in Oakland Public Schools. He taught Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Geometry and Special Education for 22 years. Michael became a UC Berkeley Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (M.E.S.A.) instructor while simultaneously teaching in Oakland. M.E.S.A. focused on increasing the number of African American and Latino students eligible to attend the University of California system. Michael felt the classroom limited his ability to impact change for African American and Latino students and decided to return to school and become an administrator. He received his masters degree from UC Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute with a focus on urban education. Michael became an administrator at MLK Middle School in San Francisco Unified School District four years ago. He has worked to address inequities in the system and end the predictability of negative student outcomes for African American and Latino students.

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  • Nicole Sanchez

    Nicole Sanchez

    Nicole Sanchez is the VP of Social Impact at GitHub, responsible to diversifying the company's workforce and user base; building strong community partnerships; and promoting GitHub as a platform for impactful social change. She in an industry expert in diversity, inclusion and social impact with 20+ years working on access for underrepresented communities in government, higher education and technology. She is a mom, writer, native Californian and firm believer that access to technology can bring about massive social change. Nicole is an alumnae of Stanford University and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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  • Michael Seibel

    Michael Seibel

    Michael Seibel is the CEO of YC. He was the cofounder and CEO and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and under the leadership of Emmett Shear, became and sold to Amazon in 2014. Before getting into startups, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign and in 2005, Michael graduated from Yale University with a BA in political science.

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  • Brandon Nicholson

    Brandon Nicholson

    An Oakland native, Founding Executive Director Brandon Nicholson has always felt a deep sense of commitment to promoting equity in the public realm, particularly in the education space. Previously, he was a Senior Associate at Social Policy Research Associates (SPR), where he conducted research, evaluation, and analysis across a range of key social policy areas. Brandon has conducted substantial research in the areas of education and youth development, with a particular focus on issues of equity and access in K-12 education for underserved populations. He has considerable experience investigating linkages among race, class, and youth development.

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  • Rachel Williams

    Rachel Williams

    Rachel Williams has 4 years of experience at Yelp, most recently assuming the role of Head of Corporate Recruiting, Diversity and Inclusion in 2014. She is currently focused on building Yelp’s inclusion initiatives to accelerate action. Having grown up in San Mateo, CA, Rachel often found that she was one of only a couple faces of color in her classrooms. This early awareness of her own differences inspired her thirst for increased diversity and inclusion at a young age.

    With a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley and more than 15 years of human resources experience in a variety of industries including technology, life sciences, consumer products and retail, Rachel has honed her expertise in recruitment, organizational development, and strategic change activities. She is thrilled to be able to narrow her focus on Diversity and Inclusion, a very important element of the employee experience and a passion for Rachel. She returns to Yelp after most recently serving as the Head of Talent Acquisition for ClearSlide. She has also held talent acquisition roles at SolarCity, Peet's Coffee & Tea as well as an executive search consultant for venture capitalists.

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TC Sessions: Justice Workshop


12:30 pm – 1:15 pm in Theater 5

On this panel, we’ll discuss apprenticeships from the viewpoint of engineering leadership. What role does mentorship and allyship play in setting cultural standards for an engineering team? Why is it vital to hire engineers from different backgrounds and what value does this bring to your company and products?



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We do not have a waiting list but we will be posting select video from the event on our website.