Posted November 23, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Science + Technology

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

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theREGISTRY Bay Area and Digital Diversity Network (DDN) are proud to present the 2016 class of “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley,” made possible with the generous support of program partner and event host, Salesforce.

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“40 Under 40″ Program Partner & Event Host

Following a public call for nominations from theREGISTRY, DDN, corporate employee resource groups and more than 24 outreach partners, the honorees were selected by a panel of tech industry judges. Nominations were received from the corporate, entrepreneurial, non-profit and academic sectors. Selection criteria included outstanding achievements, career success, volunteer and civic engagement, influence and impact, diversity efforts, and honors and recognitions.

A Reception, Awards Ceremony and Holiday Celebration, was held at Salesforce Rincon Center in San Francisco on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Over 300 were present at this SRO event which recognized and celebrated the contributions of these 40 talented, diverse young professionals in the innovation economy.

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Co-Founder & Fmr Chief Scientist, Silicon Graphics

Marc Hannah, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Fmr Chief Scientist
Silicon Graphics

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams
Head of Diversity
& Inclusion


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1 Aaron Russell Sourcing Manager, Networking Engineering Facebook
2 Adjetey Clarence Lassey Enterprise Corporate Solutions Executive
3 Albert Biketi VP & GM, Data Security Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software
4 Alexandria Lafci Co-Founder New Story Charity
5 Anita Blanco Director of Diversity & Inclusion in Genetics & Biosciences Stanford University
6 Bernard Gutmann Director, Corporate Strategy & Development Pandora
7 Breanna Zwart Policy & Partnerships, Emerging Markets Google
8 Brian Martinez Global Program Manager, Field Sales Airbnb
9 Darrell Jones, III Head of Business Development Clef
10 David Silva Founder
11 Ebony Frelix SVP, Philanthropy & Engagement
12 Erica Joy Baker Build & Release Engineer Slack
13 Idalin Bobe IT Consultant | Social Justice Activist | Community Manager Thoughtworks
14 Jamal Eason Product Manager Google
15 Jason Mayden Founder, CEO, Designer Accel Partners
16 Jason Towns CEO & Managing Director Groundwork
17 Joe Vasquez Founding Director Michelson Runway Accelerator
18 Julia Collins Co-Founder and Co-CEO

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19 Justin Steele Principal
20 Kamilah Taylor Senior Software Engineer LinkedIn
21 Lajuanda Asemota Director for Diversity & Inclusion Singularity University
22 Lance Coleman Content & Venture Advisor Binary Capital
23 Laura Gomez CEO Atipica
24 Leandrew Robinson CEO & Co-founder Hingeto
25 Lilibeth Gangas Chief Technology Community Officer Kapor Center for Social Impact
26 Maci Peterson Co-founder & CEO On Second Thought, Inc.
27 Maisha Gray-Diggs Group Manager, Litter/Coal Innovation The Clorox Company
28 Makinde Adeagbo Founder & CEO /dev/color
29 Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Founding Portfolio Services Director Kapor Capital
30 Megan Rose Dickey Reporter TechCrunch
31 Mercedes Bent Vice President of Education Upload VR
32 Monique Woodard Venture Partner 500 Startups
33 Morgan DeBaun CEO & Founder Blavity
34 Robert Harmon, Jr. Deputy General Counsel & Director Tesla Motors, Inc.
35 Sean Heywood Product Partnerships – Messenger Facebook
36 Shauntel Poulson Co-Founder and General Partner Reach Capital
37 Tiffani Ashley Bell Executive Director The Human Utility (formerly Detroit Water Project)
38 Trevor Thomas General Partner Cross Culture Ventures
39 Tristan Walker Founder & CEO Walker & Co.
40 Wilson White Senior Counsel, Public Policy & Government Relations Google

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