Mitch Kapor is a pioneer of the personal computing industry and long-time startup investor. He founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. He is the co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet and served as the founding Chair of Mozilla, creator of the Firefox web browser. His successful early investments in the Internet sector, and in streaming media and virtual reality earned him a reputation for seeing around corners. Along with his wife Freada Kapor Klein, for the past decade at Kapor Capital Mitch has developed a vision and practice of investing in tech startups which close gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low-income communities and communities of color and on founders from underrepresented groups. Through the work of the Kapor Center, Mitch and Freada take a comprehensive approach to removing barriers in education and the workplace for all and fixing the leaks at every stage of the tech pipeline. Mitch serves on the board of SMASH, a non-profit founded by Freada to help underrepresented scholars hone their STEM knowledge while building the networks and skills for careers in tech and the sciences. “Genius,” Mitch likes to say, “is evenly distributed by Zip Code, but opportunity is not.”
In 1976, Freada co-founded the Alliance Against Sexual Coercion, the first organization to focus on sexual harassment in the United States. She is the founder of SMASH, now in its 16th year, which provides rigorous STEM education and access to social capital for low income high school students of color on eight university campuses across the United States. As a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital, Freada invests in seed stage tech startups that close gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and communities of color.
Freada is a member of the U.C. Berkeley Board of Visitors, as well as the Council that formed the Hollywood Commission chaired by Anita Hill. She serves as an advisory board member of Generation Investment Management and on the board of AnitaB.org. She is the author of Giving Notice, which details the human and financial cost of hidden bias in the workplace. She also serves as a board member of the edtech company Genius Plaza, and in 2019 joined 10 other foundations to establish the nation’s first philanthropic fund to support women of color who are leading the fight against sexual harassment and violence.
Dinah Becton-Consuegrais the Chief of Staff and Learning for the Foundation to provide immediate support for internal and external projects. A native Chicagoan, proudly born to immigrant parents, Dinah has been focused on closing the opportunity gap in her more than 20 year career. Dinah has served in various senior leadership capacities for districts, schools and nonprofits. She has spent half of her career working directly with Black and Brown youth in Los Angeles as a teacher, administrator, and Principal. Since moving to Oakland in 2009, she has focused her efforts on national systemic change specifically focused on freedom and justice for Black and Brown communities. Most recently, she was Director of Partnership Development at PBLWorks where she oversaw all district, international and Institute partners. Alongside the CEO, she also co-led organizational efforts around advancing racial justice. Prior to that, Dinah was the West Regional Director for EL Education providing leadership coaching and supporting a network of 32 schools across 6 states. Outside of her passion for leaving behind a legacy of liberation, Dinah delights in hip hop culture, traveling, and urban farming at her home in Oakland. Her favorite title has been mami to two boys, Ayo and Yaxche.
Candase Chambers is the Director of Digital Strategy and Engagement. She leads all digital efforts (social media, website, email, newsletters) across our organizations to tell the story about our evolving organizations and their strategies, to amplify our visibility, and communicate the impact of our initiatives.
She’s a proud Oakland native, UC Berkeley and IDEAL Scholar Alumna, and digital media enthusiast! With a master’s degree in communications, Candase has 10 years of experience in digital marketing, videography, social media, and graphic design. Candase began her career in television and previously joined the Kapor Center as the Digital Content Manager in 2018.
Outside of the office, Candase is a mom to her 10-year old son Kyle, a fashionista, and volunteers with local organizations combating homelessness in the Bay Area, including the Interfaith Council of Alameda County.
Contact Candase: candase.chambers [at] kaporcenter.org
Fay Cobb Payton, Ph.D. is the Chief Programs Officer of the Foundation, supporting a variety of our new initiatives, programs, and partnerships across our focus areas and supporting innovative projects to expand our impact in the tech sector.
Fay has had a stellar career diversity in tech and engineering. Most recently, Fay completed a rotation as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, she initiated the Minority Serving Institutions Research Expansion Program which focuses on HBCUs/HSIs/TCUs in core research domains and cloud computing partnerships with Google, Microsoft and Amazon, worked with smart health & data science, AI fairness and a number of cross agency programs, such as INCLUDES. She received the NSF Director’s Award in 2020. She led the NSF funding and support of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Women of Color in Tech Consensus Report and was a champion of our NSF-funded research projects.
She is Professor Emerita of Information Technology and Analytics. Her research explores AI bias and data quality/curation which impacts healthcare and disparities, talent management/employment, and tech innovation along with ecosystems shaping lived experiences particularly among minoritized groups. She is an American Council on Education Fellow and worked with academic leaders across the US and in Ghana on strategic collaborations and public-private partners. Dr. Payton is a contributor to the national discussion on systemic bias, healthcare and STEM professionals, and provides executive coaching sessions for corporate leadership. Prior to entering academe, she worked in industry as a consultant and systems engineer at several corporations. She is the author of Leveraging Intersectionality: Seeing and Not Seeing.
Fay is based in North Carolina. Outside the office, Fay is passionate about healthcare tech, arts, culture and community. She believes in protecting her “headspace.” She enjoys reading, international travel (before the pandemic), hot yoga, cycling, weightlifting and the outdoors.
Contact Fay Cobb Payton: fay.cobb.payton [at] kaporcenter.org
Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer working to create new and more inclusive tech innovation ecosystems regionally & nationally. Her work is centered at the intersection of technology, racial justice, and action driven partnerships to tackle pressing social and economic inequities of underrepresented communities. Her areas of focus and interest include tech advocacy themes such as closing the Broadband Access & Adoption, Future of Work(ers), Responsible Technology, and Ecosystem Building as they relate to new models with cross sector partners. Lili believes that it is critical that we help prepare and upskill communities of color for the future and encourage going beyond being consumers to also being creators and owners. She was a New America CA fellow focused on Tech for Good, was recognized as SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Business and SF Business Times 40 Under 40, and is an MBA lecturer at Mills College. Lili was also a featured Salesforce Dreamforce and TEDxOakland speaker. Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Labs Open Innovation team, based out of Silicon Valley, focused on partnerships and programming to connect startups to Fortune 500 clients. She was also a founding member of the Innovation Services team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions at the federal level. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on software and hardware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. She is an advisor to tech focused nonprofits such as AI-4-All.org as well as community investing organizations such as The Unity Council and Pacific Community Ventures. Lili is a proud immigrant from Bolivia and champions Latinx in tech initiatives across the U.S. She is a new board member of LA Collab to increase Latinx representation across tech, entertainment, media, and advocacy sectors. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Contact Lili Gangas: lili [at] kaporcenter.org
Angela Jackson, Ph.D is the Chief Ecosystem and Investment Officer. Dr. Angela Jackson is an impact investing and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) expert. As a leader in the future of work space, she has deep knowledge of technological trends that are transforming organizations and human capital infrastructure necessary for corporations to maintain competitiveness.
Dr. Angela Jackson has been a senior advisor to over 100 workforce EdTech startup organizations. She has used her deep domain expertise to transform portfolio company’s talent and sales functions in order to drive growth, scale and liquidity events. She works with executive teams to connect social impact outcomes to broader business goals, proving that business is a critical platform for change. Previously Dr. Jackson was a Managing Partner at New Profit where she launched the Future of Work Grand Challenge initiative that resulted in the development of an ecosystem of over 60 Employers, Foundations and Education operating partners that reskilled and placed workers impacted by COVID in living wage jobs.
Dr. Jackson serves as a board member and advisor to several private and nonprofit boards: Guild Education, Freedom Learning Group, Akasa Health, Beyond 12, Summer Search and Education Design Lab. Dr. Jackson is passionate about modernizing the public education to career system and advancing academic and professional opportunities for women, people of color and veterans.
Dr. Jackson holds a doctoral degree from Harvard University where her research focused on using capital as a lever in service of systems change. She also holds business, marketing and journalism degrees and certifications from University Missouri-Columbia and INSEAD Business School.
Contact Angela Jackson: angela.jackson [at] kaporcenter.org
Allison Scott, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, formerly the Chief Research Officer, who led a research team aiming to enhance diversity in the tech ecosystem through: (a) conducting landscape studies and research on interventions within educational settings and the technology workplace, and (b) disseminating effective research-based strategies, resources, and practices across the tech ecosystem. Prior to leading research at KCSI, Dr. Scott was the Program Leader for the NIH’s Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded Workforce Program, a set of three experimental initiatives implementing and examining the effectiveness of training, mentoring, and institutional development interventions to enhance diversity in biomedical research. Dr. Scott was previously the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), overseeing a research agenda examining barriers to the pursuit and completion of degrees and employment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among underrepresented populations. Her research examined the influence of perceived barriers and stereotypes in the sciences, the double-bind facing women of color, and the effectiveness of research-based interventions in improving STEM outcomes for underrepresented groups. In addition, Dr. Scott led the longitudinal evaluation of LPFI’s pre-college STEM intervention programs and is Principal Investigator for an NSF CE21 grant to increase access, success, and preparation in computer science for underrepresented students in California. In just 2 years, this project has demonstrated significant increases in the numbers of underrepresented students of color and girls completing computer science courses, taking the AP CS exam, and intending to major in CS in college. Dr. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Education, with a specialization in School Psychology, from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampton University. Allison enjoys traveling, jogging, and drinking Diet Cokes.
Contact Allison Scott: allison [at] kaporcenter.org
Gaurav Vashistis the CFO at Kapor Center, bringing more than 15-years of experience in accounting, financial analysis & financing. Prior to join Kapor Center, Gaurav was at Citizen Engagement Lab working at the intersection of tech & social change. Gaurav was able to scale organizations and keep costs low in large measure by leveraging technology which is a key element in his work. He has spent many years in the non-profit space and prior to that was 11+ years in the corporate world, where he spent a majority of time at Alcatel Lucent, a multinational telecommunications company.
While on a 6-month sabbatical, Gaurav went to work in the poorest of villages in India in the area of rural/tribal education and community development. Gaurav lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters. He is also a certified instruction of the Happiness Program and works in the community in bringing a stress free and violence free society.
Contact Gaurav Vashist: gaurav [at] kaporcenter.org.
Robin Wilson brings more than fifteen years of experience leading Operations teams at the intersection of technology and social impact sectors to her role at the Kapor Center. She has held senior leadership roles at both public and private companies as well as in the non-profit sector. Her skills in strategy development, financial management, and people operations contributed to the successful acquisitions of three venture-backed organizations (Upworthy, Blip.tv, Associated Content).
Robin has spent the last several years consulting for social change companies, and her projects have included launching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity initiatives and architecting a global “de-merger” of five organizations at the philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network and leading an educational non-profit through their first financial audit with a clean result at CodePath.org. Prior to consulting Robin served as the Chief Operating Officer at the media company Upworthy, where she led the Finance, People, Legal, and Growth teams through 150% growth and partnered with the founders to raise millions in venture capital and ultimately sell the organization.
Outside of the office, Robin enjoys cooking, exploring the great outdoors, planning her next travel adventure, and working as a literary tutor at her local Oakland elementary school.
Contact Robin: robin [at] kaporcenter.org
Carolina Aboumrad is the Executive Assistant for Dr. Allison Scott. Carolina Aboumrad’s passion lies in helping others with the goal of contributing to the greater good. She has been working as an Executive Assistant for over 20 years supporting high-impact individuals and organizations, building new businesses and ventures in media, and management and growth in tech industries. Prior to joining Kapor Center, she worked with: Sanofi, Yahoo!, and Facebook. Originally from Mexico City, she grew up in Southern California and attended UC San Diego. She is also a big believer in mindfulness and practices meditation every day. She enjoys cooking, cycling and loves to travel.
Contact Carolina Aboumrad: carolina.aboumrad [at] kaporcenter.org.
Patrick Armstrong, Esq. is the Associate Director of Tech Policy. Patrick leads our policy advocacy efforts and collaborates with the team to develop and execute strategies that aim to create a more equitable tech sector and society. Patrick’s work sits in the Policy and Advocacy department, which is part of Kapor Enterprises Inc. (KEI).
Prior to joining the Kapor Center, Patrick worked at the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center. Patrick led policy teams in several states that passed criminal justice-related legislation, court rules, and administrative policies to improve public safety and support all people that end up in the system, including the disproportionate number of people of color who are overrepresented. He also helped launch and lead internal diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts organization wide.
Patrick has also worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, as well as for the Brennan Center for Justice. As a student athlete on the basketball team at the University of California, Berkeley, Patrick double majored in political science and African American studies. He earned his JD from the New York University School of Law. Away from the office, Patrick is happiest when he’s spending quality time with friends, enjoying live jazz, or playing basketball with family.
Contact Patrick Armstrong: patrick.armstrong [at] kaporcenter.org.
Kim Bardakianis the Senior Director of Partnerships where she identifies partnerships that can help advance the work of the Kapor Center while engaging strategically with corporations, community and civic organizations to increase impact. Prior to this role, Kim was the head of Media Relations at the Kapor Center for over four year’s working with media to promote the work of the center. Before her time at the Kapor Center, she served as the VP of PR and Community Relations for Visit Oakland, where she worked with local, national and international press to showcase all the positive things going on in “The Town.” Previously, Kim worked in-house with a number of growing consumer tech companies including Pandora and Peek. She currently serves as a Board Member of the Maynard Institute, Oakland’s Uptown Business Improvement District and the Mt. Davidson Armenian Cross Council in San Francisco. A native New Yorker, Kim holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She proudly resides in Oakland where she is an avid tennis player and can be seen out and about dining at many of the great Oakland restaurants.
Contact Kim Bardakian: kim [at] kaporcenter.org.
Tiana Chang is the People Operations Coordinator at the Kapor Center. She recently graduated from UC Santa Cruz where she obtained her B.A. in Sociology and Legal Studies; her undergraduate research was primarily focused on Asian diaspora studies and critical race theory. Prior to joining the Kapor Center, she worked with grassroots nonprofits that worked to preserve native plant and aquatic biodiversity, and achieve food sovereignty through small-scale agriculture.
Tiana is an Oakland native and loves exploring around the city for new places to eat and stroll. Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis, collecting ceramics, and going to A’s games.
Contact Tiana Chang: tiana.chang [at] kaporcenter.org
Azul Cortez Project Manager for the Smart Cities initiative at Kapor Center. Azul is excited to be supporting mission driven companies who center communities in scaling their impact across the United States. Azul’s background is in fintech/real-estate, economic development, grass-roots organizing and public policy. Azul is dedicated to creating intergenerational wealth-building opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Latine communities and beyond.
Prior to joining Kapor Center, Azul developed programming, educational outreach strategies, and facilitated the distribution of $2 million in shared-equity down payment funds while working at Landed and Mission Economic Development Agency. In doing this work, Azul was able to support 24 low-moderate income California families purchase below-market rate and market rate homes. Azul has also launched and scaled multiple advocacy campaigns while working at the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, most notably an engagement campaign in 2020, which promoted affordable housing residents to GOTV. The advocacy campaign led to a 15% increase, or 18,233 new voters turning out the polls across the 9 Bay Area counties. The advocacy campaign led to a 15% increase, or 18,233 new voters turning out the polls across the 9 Bay Area counties. Azul is a strong believer that democracy only works when communities are empowered to make decisions with tools and resources. Azul also spent two years studying and recording the barriers local artists face in the Bay Area to advocate for artist affordable housing opportunities. In all of these experiences, the common thread in Azul’s work has been promoting the opportunity to build an anti-racist and more just world which works for all of us.
Azul is proud to be queer/non-binary, first generation Latine professional from rural Baja California. They hold a B.S. in Community and Regional Development from UC Davis. In their free time, Azul continues to coordinate efforts in the asset building and economic justice sector to promote “good” public policy. Azul loves to travel, go to arcades, play with their two doggos and spend time with their partner.
Contact Azul: azul.cortez [at] kaporcenter.org
Shelise Cowan is the Staff Accountant at the Kapor Center. Shelise is a US Navy veteran and graduated with a degree from Santa Barbara Business College in Business Administration. She has worked in accounting for many years and is so excited to bring her learned experience into a company she is passionate about. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking and swimming, being of service, and exploring all the amazing places the Bay Area has to offer.
Contact Shelise Cowan: shelise.cowan [at] kaporcenter.org
Lisa Cruz Novohatski is the Senior Data & Insights Analyst working at the organization to support the various data and evaluation efforts underway to assess the impact of our programs, including implementing analyses plans across SMASH programming, collaborating on the Foundation’s national efforts aiming to expand computer science, and supporting data analyses needs for landscape reports. Lisa most recently worked at Gale, A Cengage Company, where she worked with public library customers to help them get the most of their experience with Gale’s analytics products. She walked them through a proprietary dashboard, pointing out insights along the way and talking through implications of the data. Prior to Gale, Lisa worked at the New York Public Library on a team of internal consultants called Strategic Research and Data Analytics. As a team, they supported data work across the institution, so she could assess the attendance data for Out of School Time programs or assess needs around reference.
Outside of work, Lisa loves spending time with her two little girls. She also loves knitting and baking.
Contact Lisa Cruz Novohatski: lisa.novohatski [at] kaporcenter.org.
After contributing her time and talents to such organizations as Search Institute, the Forum for Youth Investment, the National League of Cities: Institute for Youth Education and Families, and the Thrive Foundation for Youth, she returned to her native Detroit in 2015. She remains a committed servant leader.
Kalisha is the co-founder of the city-wide community engagement network, ConnecteD, and mentors numerous young people and young professionals, often through the programs and learning opportunities she develops. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College of Public Affairs (a degree earned as a National Urban Fellow in 2011) and a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from Central Michigan University. Kalisha enjoys travel, yoga, and outdoor activities with family and friends.
Contact Kalisha: kalisha.davis [at] kaporcenter.org
Joe Fahsis the IT Director. He brings almost 20 years of experience in the tech industry in a wide variety of roles. He joins the Kapor Center after almost 10 years with The Linde Group, consulting with startups, non-profits and educational institutions to improve all aspects of their IT operations.
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joe grew up in Central NY and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Anthropology. He lives in Richmond with his wife and two daughters.
Contact Joe Fahs: joe [at] kaporcenter.org
Rachel Goins is the Director of Program Implementation for Tech Workplace Initiatives; in this role, she supports strategic planning and execution of projects. Rachel brings 13 years of experience drawing on improvement and implementation science to design, manage, and deliver research-based initiatives. This has included communities of practice, professional development training, and resource development–all through a lens of racial equity. Rachel also has expertise in logic model development and application, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to her role at the Kapor Center, she co-led national centers focused on personalized learning and ed tech and educator quality and provided subject matter expertise for place-based, anti-poverty programs. In her free time, Rachel enjoys serving her local community, returning to her New Orleans roots, and spending time with family.
Contact Rachel: rachel.goins [at] kaporcenter.org.
Marisa Gomez is the People Operations Generalist for Kapor Center/SMASH. She is from Redwood City, CA and lived in Chicago for 2 years while obtaining her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She has experience across multiple sectors including local government, finance, and the tech/startup space. Prior to Kapor Center, Marisa was a HR Generalist at a fast paced startup that focused on bringing AI technology to the water/utilities industry where she built out multiple areas of the HR function including Recruiting. Marisa enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling in her spare time.
Contact Marisa: marisa.gomez [at] kaporcenter.org.
Miguel Guiza is the IT Support Specialist at the Kapor Center. Miguel is 25 years old and was raised in the Bay Area. He attended college in Southern California at CSU Long Beach, where he obtained a degree in Management Information Systems.
Prior to joining the Kapor Center, Miguel worked with the Oakland Athletics providing game-day and front office IT support. In his free time, he enjoys music, sports, new foods and working out!
Contact Miguel: miguel.guiza [at] kaporcenter.org.
Greg Humpa, PhDis the Executive Administrator for Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein. Since 1998, he has also been the Manager of Client Services at Freada’s research/consulting firm, Klein Associates, which addresses workplace fairness issues. Before joining Klein Associates, Greg ran training & development and human resources at an agribusiness start-up. This job was a somewhat logical transition from his life as a nearly-eternal graduate student who spent a lot of time on Amish farms.
Greg has a Ph.D. in foreign languages and literatures from Purdue University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He also has a B.A. with highest honors in journalism, French, and German from Creighton University. “Dr. Greg,” as he is known around the Kapor Center, is a Midwestern transplant to the Bay Area, and is constantly amazed by the natural beauty and (mostly) beautiful weather that northern California offers.
Contact Greg Humpa: greg [at] kaporcenter.org.
Nate Jones is the Investment and Ecosystem Building Associate for the Foundation. He supports both new efforts within the Kapor Center to build diversity in the venture ecosystem and the broader investment team on investment diligence for the Foundation’s endowment.
Nate brings previous experience as an ecosystem builder, program manager and impact investing professional. Most recently Nate was as a Consultant for HBCUvc helping to manage the Emerging Venture Leaders group, Project Manager at Surf Capital supporting an opportunity zone investing initiative alongside Purpose Built Communities and a Kapor Capital Summer Associate (Summer 2018).
Nate began his career as a community organizer and co-founder of Village Micro Fund (VMF), a social enterprise with the mission to harness the power of local communities to drive economic growth in minority communities in Atlanta. During his tenure, he created and led partnerships with civic, philanthropic and local community stakeholders to increase access to customers and capital as well as VMF’s first investments. Nate has been featured in NPR and the Bitter Southerner.
Nate holds a Bachelors in Economics from Morehouse College and a Masters in Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, Austin.
Contact Nate Jones: nate.jones [at] kaporcenter.org
Sonia Koshy, PhDis the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation, who oversees the evaluation of programs and initiatives that aim to drive equity in computer science education and the tech workplace. She also helps to disseminate key research related to transforming tech ecosystems into more inclusive spaces. Sonia is a developmental psychologist, researcher, and evaluator, with a Ph.D. in Child Development from Tufts University. Prior to the Kapor Center, Sonia came from Algorhythm, a startup that creates automated, real-time reporting for the social sector. In her role as the Applied Social Science Director, she laid the research foundation for the Youth Development Impact Learning System and provided research and evaluation services to key clients such as Youth INC, The Robert Bowne Foundation, Literacy Inc., and the IKEA Foundation.
Prior to working at Algorhythm, she was the Evaluation Manager at the Thrive Foundation for Youth where she worked on process and outcome evaluations to assess impact on numerous adolescent outcomes. She has collaborated closely with organizations such as Girl Scouts of Northern California, Camp Fire, Y Silicon Valley, and Girls Inc. of Alameda County.
Contact Sonia Koshy: sonia [at] kaporcenter.org
Marquelle Lee is the Facilities & Office Services Director where he is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations, procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Before this current role he was a Membership Service Coordinator at the YMCA in Berkeley where he worked closely with the local neighborhoods to help build strong communities and healthy families.
While pursuing his education in Business/ healthcare Management he hopes to continue this effort and make Oakland a better place to live and thrive. Marq is passionate about running and facing any fitness challenge that comes his way. He pursues this passion by participating in annual marathons to help bring awareness to the cause at hand and raise money for charities.
Contact Marquelle Lee: marquelle [at] kaporcenter.org.
Paul Bocalan-Lim is the Associate Marketing Director for The Foundation, with 7+ years of marketing and digital content experience.
As a first generation Filipino-American, and East Bay Native, he is passionate about the preservation and celebration of Oakland’s spirit and history of social justice, diversity and activism.
Prior to this role, Paul served as the Social Media Manager for Visit Oakland and managed the company’s brand reputation in digital spaces. As the outward facing voice of Oakland, his goal was to reflect the authentic voices of the community. Paul fostered and managed relationships with community leaders, artists, thought leaders, and organizers in Oakland. (The Black Panther Party, Golden State Warriors, Marshawn Lynch).
Paul received his BA in Business Administration from CSU East Bay, and is a proud Chabot College gladiator. As a photographer/videographer, he is inspired by the communities that weave the fabric of this “Town.” His personal interests include collecting hot sauces, tidying with the KonMari Method, and boxing.
Contact Paul at Paul [at] kaporcenter.org.
Kirsten Lundgren is the Director of Economic and Workforce Initiatives, leading research, partnerships, and programming focused on the future of work, innovative tech workforce development, and resilient tech ecosystems.. In this role, she also oversees Pathways to Tech, a Kapor Center initiative that connects racially underrepresented talent to inclusive upskilling opportunities and high-wage, high demand tech careers.
A proud Oakland native, she previously co-founded TechHire Oakland — part of the Obama White House TechHire initiative that expanded inclusive tech sectors and talent pipelines across 70 US cities. Prior to this domestically-focused work, Kirsten managed program design and new business development for TechnoServe in East Africa, delivering a $30 million portfolio of inclusive market/enterprise development programs that generated jobs and income increases across five countries. She also worked in international microfinance at Women’s World Banking and Trickle Up while completing graduate studies at Columbia University.
Outside of work, Kirsten enjoys triathlons, backcountry adventures, and testing out her green thumb.
Contact Kirsten Lundgren: kirsten.lundgren [at] kaporcenter.org.
Subina Mahal is the Finance Manager at the Kapor Center, bringing a wide variety of accounting and operations experience to her work. Prior to the Kapor Center, she was at Grey Area, supporting Art and Technology in the Bay Area. She also worked at RSF Social Finance, a non-profit organization in the Presidio committed to the work of transforming the way the world works with money.
She holds an MBA with a focus on Sustainability from Dominican University in San Rafael and a BA in Film and Digital Media from University of California, Santa Cruz. When she isn’t at work, Subina spends time with family, traveling, working on boats, and loves sharing about her live-aboard life.
Contact Subina Mahal: Subina.Mahal [at] kaporcenter.org.
Nicole Manzana is the People Operations Consultant, focusing on onboarding, payroll, benefits and HR compliance. She is a proud daughter of immigrants and grew up in the Bay Area in Union City, CA. As a teenager, she immersed herself in community organizing within the Filipino community throughout the East Bay. Her local high school was also privileged to have an Ethnic Studies department, which was pivotal in learning more about her revolutionary history, as well as other BIPOC narratives. This inspiration led her to transfer from Chabot College and graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
After graduation, she dedicated her time to learning about the disability rights movement and worked at a local non-profit supporting adults with developmental disabilities to live independently. During her time there, she developed as an administrative professional and became certified as a Professional in Human Resources. Prior to the Kapor Center, she served as the Operations Manager at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) working behind the scenes in supporting powerful asian immigrant and refugee leaders in their right to a clean and healthy environment in Oakland and Richmond. Outside of work, her source of joy can be found from eating, fitness, learning, being by the ocean, traveling and spending time with family and close friends.
Contact Nicole Manzana: nicole.manzana [at] kaporcenter.org.
Alexis Martin, PhDis the Director of Grants Management, where she is responsible for operations to fund organizations that advance the Kapor Foundation mission. This includes nonprofit grantmaking, strategic program-related investments, research grants, and staff philanthropic giving, as well as fiscal sponsorships and incoming grants management. Previously, Alexis was on the research team, where she conducted and funded research examining issues of access and opportunity in the tech pipeline. Alexis received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Education (Social and Cultural Studies program) at U.C. Berkeley and her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from the University of Redlands. Prior to her work with the Kapor Center, Alexis taught future educators at U.C. Berkeley & Sonoma State University and worked with teachers in professional development inquiry groups examining equity in their classrooms. She has also taught high school social studies and done outreach with students who were the first in their families to attend college. Alexis enjoys salsa dancing, cooking, live music, Bay Area adventures, and her energetic toddler daughter.
Contact Alexis Martin: alexis [at] kaporcenter.org.
Frieda McAlear is the Senior Research Associate, where she brings her skills as a social science researcher and her passion for working with and for marginalized and underrepresented communities, at the Kapor Center. She has nearly a decade of experience managing projects, developing evaluation and research methodology and building nonprofit technology capacity with socially progressive organizations in the Bay Area, Europe and Southern Africa.
In 2013, she worked as an evaluator for an HIV/AIDS clinic serving villages in Lesotho and as a Program Coordinator for ZeroDivide in San Francisco in 2014. She holds a Master of Research in Geography from Queen Mary University of London, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Vesalius College in Brussels. She has nearly a decade of experience managing projects, developing evaluation and research methodology and building nonprofit technology capacity with socially progressive organizations in the Bay Area, Europe and Southern Africa.
Contact Frieda McAlear: Friedam [at] kaporcenter.org
Angela Newman is the Executive Administrator and Office Manager for the Baltimore office. In her role, Angela manages daily office operations and provides administrative support for the team. Angela brings over 15 years executive support and office management experience to the Kapor Center. Angela previously worked for Amnesty International USA where she served as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Prior to Amnesty, Angela was Executive Assistant and Senior Scheduler in the Executive Office of the NAACP.
Angela earned an MBA and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC). She also earned her B.A. with high honors from UMUC. She has a passion for social justice and human rights issues and enjoys mentoring young women and girls in her community.
Contact Angela Newman: angela [at] kaporcenter.org.
Landry Nicks is the Director of Investment Accounting, where he assists in supporting different financial duties for the organization. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Accounting. He most recently worked at OpenTable, where he was focused on improving revenue operations for the company. During the summer of 2015, Landry founded a grassroots community organization 4Oakland.
As an Oakland native, he is passionate about creating accessible avenues to engage the community and help to support and foster growth for the less fortunate in Oakland. Through joining the Kapor Center, he is excited to align his passion for giving back with his daily work. In his free time, he enjoys live music, reading and hiking throughout the Bay Area.
Contact Landry Nicks: landry [at] kaporcenter.org.
Alicia Nuñez is the Brand Designer, where she leads creative projects ranging from conceptual thinking and planning, brand identity strategy, developing creative direction, and executing brand designs to elevate Kapor Center’s brand across all digital platforms. Prior to this role, Alicia was the Associate Graphic Designer. Initially, she started at Kapor as the Communications Fellow for SMASH, the signature education program of the Kapor Center. Alicia received her BA in Multimedia Arts and Communications with a Political Science minor while volunteering her marketing and design services to local non-profits in the Oakland community.
Contact Alicia Nunez: alicia.nunez [at] kaporcenter.org.
Cynthia Overton, Ph.D is the Senior Director of Tech Workplace Initiatives at the Kapor Center, where she builds community and provides learning opportunities for professionals advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry. In this role, she leads Diversity Advocates, a professional learning community dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce throughout the tech industry. She also operates Our Collective, a group of tech professionals working to advance inclusion for Black and Latinx talent through employee resource groups. In addition, Cynthia serves as co-principal investigator for a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and led by Quality Education for Minorities Network that seeks to expand the evidence-based understanding of HBCU STEM learning environments in which undergraduate students are most likely to thrive and subsequently go on to attain doctoral degrees in science and engineering.
Prior to joining the Kapor Center, Cynthia worked for 13 years at a behavioral and social sciences research firm leading initiatives that enhance opportunities for underrepresented populations. This included helping to launch and sustain corporate-wide diversity and inclusive efforts. Cynthia also has a long history of working on federally funded projects that aim to improve outcomes for people with disabilities.
Cynthia holds a B.A. from Hampton University, an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in learning technologies, and a masters degree in P.R./corporate communications from Georgetown University. She also completed the Diversity and Inclusion certificate program through Cornell University and the assistive technology applications certificate program offered by California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities.
Kathia Ramos is an Operations Associate for Tech Workplace Initiatives. In this capacity, they lead membership onboarding and success for Diversity Advocates and Our Collective. Diversity Advocates is a professional learning community advancing diversity and inclusion throughout the tech industry. Our Collective is a network of talented professionals focused on building a more diverse and inclusive workforce for Black and LatinX communities through Employee Resource Groups. Kathia also leads stakeholder communications for Tech Workplace Initiatives. Prior to the Kapor Center, they worked as a Program Associate for Enroll Oakland, a non-profit organization committed to helping Oakland families choose the best Oakland public schools for their children. Kathia feels fortunate and motivated to be able to work with a mission that aligns and helps develop opportunities for underrepresented groups. When not working they enjoy learning about LGBT history, photography, and spending time with friends and family.
Contact Kathia Ramos: kathia.ramos [at] kaporcenter.org.
Antoinette Ray is the Director of Events for the Kapor Center where she oversees the creation, planning, and production of all Kapor Center events.
Prior to her role on the Events team, Antoinette started as a Staff Accountant utilizing her financial acumen. With over a decade of experience and passion for planning events, she enthusiastically transitioned to her current role.
Throughout her career, Antoinette has worked with startups, in the public sector and with a variety of nonprofits. Her love for giving back to the community began when she worked with the Andre Agassi Foundation in Las Vegas.
Antoinette holds an AA degree in Networks Systems Administration and a BA degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Outside of the office, you can find her trying new restaurants, salsa dancing, hiking, and exploring the Bay Area with her husband, Shad.
Contact Antoinette Ray: antoinette [at] kaporcenter.org
Sandy Ratsachak Johnson is the Office Coordinator at the Kapor Center. Prior to this, Sandy has held several retail management roles over the last decade at retailers such as Sephora, Kiehl’s Since 1851, and Nordstrom. She is excited to step into this role and become a part of the Kapor team. Sandy is in the process of completing her undergraduate degree at CSU East Bay in Hospitality Management, with an emphasis in Event Planning and Management. Since finding her passion for event planning, she has started a small wedding planning business where she plans and coordinates weddings. A proud first generation Laotian-American Bay Area native, she is always teaching others about Laos and its culture and traditions. Her favorite roles in life are being a wife, mother, daughter, and sister. When not at work, you can find Sandy hanging out with her family, enjoying different restaurants, traveling, or managing one of her many side hustles.
Contact Sandy Ratsachak Johnson: sandy.johnson [at] Kaporcenter.org
Brandon Sudat is the IT Operations Manager for the Kapor Center.
As a part of the IT operations team, Brandon addresses day-to-day issues in addition to managing projects and contributing to the strategic direction of IT infrastructure.
Brandon comes to the Kapor Center from IDEO and has significant applicable IT support experience, including – via UCSF and the Academy of Arts – how to navigate the byzantine waters of higher education. (A useful skill to have when supporting SMASH sites!)
Brandon lives here in Oakland with his wife and three children.
Contact Brandon Sudat: brandon [at] kaporcenter.org
Jimmy Ung is the Assistant Controller for the Kapor Center, bringing with him over 6 years of accounting experience to the finance team. Prior to joining the Kapor Center, Jimmy had recently worked for a real estate brokerage, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. During his time there, he ensured the accuracy and timely reporting of the financial statements as the Accounting Manager.
Jimmy is a graduate from Cal State East Bay with a degree in accounting. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys trying out new restaurants around the bay and spending time with his family and friends.
Contact Jimmy Ung: jimmy [at] kaporcenter.org
Shana V. White is the Senior Associate for CS Equity and Justice Initiatives at the Kapor Center. She will be working on Equitable CS Initiatives, supporting both CSforCA and CSforGA, and working with stakeholders in Georgia to improve teacher professional development and increase participation and success for students of color in K12 CS courses. Prior to joining the Kapor Center, Shana worked for sixteen years in K12 education, serving in both public and private schools as a teacher and instructional technology specialist in metro Atlanta. Shana has a passion for disrupting the status quo, works to connect and create community for educators online, and has a strong commitment to racial justice and equity in K12 schools. She has a B.S. from Wake Forest University, a M.S. from Winthrop University, a Ed.S from Kennesaw State University. Outside of work, Shana enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, watching live sports, volunteering, watching rom coms, and lifting weights.
Contact Shana: shana.white [at] kaporcenter.org
Lisha Yates is the Director of FP&A, supporting the Center’s goals and activities through financial analysis and long-term planning. She brings over 10 years of finance and accounting experience, with a focus on transforming systems into scalable operations at high-growth tech startups. Her work streamlining accounting procedures, implementing budgeting and forecasting cycles, and building financial models has guided several companies through fundraising rounds and acquisitions. Lisha has seen firsthand how the tech industry stunts its own potential through a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that seeks to advance racial and social justice in tech workplaces. A Virginia native, Lisha has lived in the Bay Area since 2014 and loves the Oakland community. When she’s not crunching numbers, you can find her teaching dance fitness at a local womxn-only studio or making homemade buttermilk biscuits for family and friends. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Spanish and Kinesiology.
Contact Lisha Yates: lisha.yates [at] kaporcenter.org