40 Under 40: Tech Diversity - Silicon Valley

Launched in 2015, in partnership with theREGISTRYBayArea.com, “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” is a unique recognition of the outstanding achievements of 40 diverse leaders from underrepresented ethnicities, under the age of 40, in the Innovation Economy.

Acknowledging tech industry progress and promise in advancing diversity

Facilitating networking and introductions among diverse tech professionals, hiring companies and tech investors

Inspiring future generations to pursue innovation and tech careers, regardless of socio-economic background

Inspiring tech companies and the industry at-large, to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.

The second annual celebratory event was hosted on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Salesforce headquarters in San Francisco and attended by approximately 300 diverse professionals, as well as representatives from the City of San Francisco. A total of 40 awards were conferred upon individuals who were selected on the basis of their outstanding achievements; career success; volunteer and civic engagement; influence and impact; and honors and recognitions.

Two special categories, Influencer and Game Changer, were awarded to Rachel Williams, Head of Corporate Recruiting, Diversity & Inclusion, Yelp; and Dr. Marc Hannah, Co-founder & Former Chief Scientist, Silicon Graphics, respectively.


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The “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” Class of 2016 is:

Makinde Adeagbo

Founder & CEO, /Dev/Color

Lajuanda Asemota

Director For Diversity & Inclusion,
Singularity University

Erika Joy Baker

Build & Release Engineer, Slack

Tiffani Ashley Bell

Executive Director, The Human Utility

Mercedes Bent

Vice President Of Education, Upload VR

Albert Biketi

Vice President & General Manager, Data Security,
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software

Anita Blanco

Director Of Diversity & Inclusion In Genetics And Bio-Sciences, Stanford University

Idalín Bobe

IT Consultant, Social Justice & Technology Activist, Thoughtworks

Lance Coleman

Content & Venture Advisor, Binary Capital

Julia Collins

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Zume Pizza

Morgan Debaun

CEO & Founder, Blavity

Megan Rose Dickey

Reporter, Tech Crunch

Jamal Eason

Product Manager, Google

Ebony Frelix

Senior Vice President, Philanthropy & Engagement, Salesforce

Lilibeth (Lili) Gangas

Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center for Social Impact

Laura Gómez

CEO, Atipica

Maisha Gray-Diggs, Ph.D.

Group Manager, Litter/Coal Innovation, The Clorox Company

Bernard Gutmann

Director, Corporate Strategy & Development, Pandora

Robert Harmon, Jr.

Deputy General Counsel & Director, Tesla Motors, Inc.

Sean Heywood

Product Partnerships – Messenger, Facebook

Darrell Jones, III

Head Of Business Development, Clef

Alexandria Lafci

Co-founder, New Story Charity

Adjetey Clarence Lassey

Enterprise Corporate Solutions Executive, Salesforce

Brian Martinez

Global Program Manager, Field Sales, Airbnb

Jason Mayden

Founder & CEO, Super Heroic Inc.; Designer-In-Residence, Accel Partners; & Lecturer, Stanford University

Maci Peterson

Co-Founder & CEO, On Second Thought, Inc.

Shauntel Poulson

Co-Founder & General Partner, Reach Capital

Leandrew Robinson

CEO & Co-Founder, Hingeto

Aaron Russell

Sourcing Manager, Network Engineering, Facebook

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

Founding Portfolio Services Director, Kapor Capital

David Silva

Founder, Techqueria.Org

Justin Steele

Principle, Google.org

Kamilah Taylor

Senior Software Engineer, Linkedin

Trevor Thomas

General Partner, Cross Culture Ventures

Jason Towns

Founder & Managing Director, Groundwork VC

Joe Vasquez

Founding Director, Michelson Runway Accelerator

Tristan Walker

Founder & CEO, Walker & Co.

Wilson White

Senior Counsel, Public Policy & Government Relations, Google

Monique Woodard

Venture Partner, 500 Startups

Breanna Zwart

Policy & Partnerships, Emerging Markets, Google

Rachel Williams

Head of Corporate Recruiting, Diversity & Inclusion, Yelp

Dr. Marc Hannah

Game Changer
Co-founder & Former Chief Scientist, Silicon Graphics