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.
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
Jeanette Jordan(she/her) is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. She has worked in the marketing technology industry for over a decade. Prior to joining Kapor Center, Jeanette was the Head of Corporate Marketing at NextRoll (formerly AdRoll Inc.) and in that role she was responsible for leading Brand, Corporate Communications & PR, Employer Branding and Portfolio Marketing. Jeanette has also held various marketing leadership positions at Factual (Foursquare), Neustar, Verizon, Millennial Media (acquired by AOL) and PayPal, with roles and responsibilities ranging from B2C customer acquisition programs to B2B product management. Prior to joining the tech industry, Jeanette worked as a Construction Manager developing residential and mixed-use properties. She received a dual bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and Columbia University in Science & Civil Engineering and also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland College Park. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, growing an herb garden, cooking and making craft cocktails.
Contact Jeanette Jordan: jeanette.jordan [at] kaporcenter.org
Matt Perry is the Chief People Officer with the Kapor Center, bringing more than 15 years of human resources and business operations experience to this role. Most recently, he was the Division Deputy of Business Operations for the 150-person IT Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, overseeing a $35 million budget and all HR issues for the division. Prior to that, at the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), Matt served as the Director for Business Operations with the Issues Management, Policy Analysis and Coordination department, advising senior staff on policy and legislative issues related to the business operations of the University. Earlier, he served as the inaugural HR Director for the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, a $250 million grant-funded international program based in New York that employed 250 domestic and international employees. Matt has been a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion throughout his life and was attracted to this opportunity to align his passion with the work of the Kapor Center. Matt has a master’s degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in political science from Dickinson College. A transplant from New York City, Matt lives in Oakland with his wife, Janelle, and children Julia and Miles, and is committed to seeing more live music this year than last.
Contact Matt Perry: matt [at] kaporcenter.org.
Allison Scott, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, formerly the Chief Research Officer, who lead 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.
Ricki Akiwenzie is the People Operations Manager, primarily focusing on recruitment, staff on-boarding, and payroll and benefits administration. She brings to the role a wealth of strong human resources generalist experience, most recently with Koff and Associates, an HR consulting firm in Berkeley. Prior to that, Ricki was with consulting firms Tetra Tech DPK and Arcadis.
She was an ABC Scholar in high school, is a UC Berkeley grad (where she was a founder of Hermanas Unidas), and earned her MBA from Mills College.
Contact Ricki Akiwenzie: ricki [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.
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.
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
Cynthia Duran is Events Associate for the Kapor Center. Born and raised in San Francisco, Cynthia wanted to find a work home within the tech field that intersected business and social impact.Prior to Kapor, Cynthia managed the growth and development of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Membership & Events. Working with a 25 member C-Suite board, she showcased best practices and celebrated members within the East Bay by creating and managing innovative events collaborating with Berkeley civic and community leaders to improve the business climate.Recently, she served as part of the Steering Committee for EWOCC (Empowering Womxn of Color Conference) by the Women of Color Initiative, a project of the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly. Cynthia aims to support, engage and advocate for women of color, and wants to uplift others through her work at Kapor. She’s a music passionate, animal lover that enjoys networking, and connecting with people.
Contact Cynthia Duran: cynthia [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.
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.
Laura Hinton is the Insights and Operations Analyst. As a member of the Research Team, Laura optimizes organizational processes and synthesizes, manages, and visualizes data and insights.
Prior to her role on the Research team, Laura was the Program Operations Manager at SMASH, the signature education program of the Kapor Center. While at SMASH, she designed the operational procedures/processes for the SMASH Academy and SMASH Rising programs, managing across seven SMASH sites and supporting 100+ staff every summer, nationwide.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Laura attended Harvard and earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Laura is committed to standing up for equitable education, diverse and inclusive cultures, and optimizing teams and spaces that focus on impact. She previously served on the governing board for her high school, the Alameda Community Learning Center.
Outside of work, Laura is proud to be the shortest goalkeeper on the soccer field and is frequently tackling an overly ambitious sewing project.
Contact Laura Hinton: Laura [at] kaporcenter.org
Candace Hsu is the People Operations Associate with the Kapor Center, supporting recruiting efforts, payroll and benefits administration, and employee experience. After receiving her Bachelors degree from the University of California at San Diego in International Studies Economics, she moved back to her hometown of San Francisco to begin her career in the EdTech startup space. While at App Academy, she supported facilities and IT, revenue operations, admissions and student success while optimizing business and people operations. Most recently, she became the pioneer for diversity and inclusion initiatives and worked to build programming for an inclusive student experience, while taking on HR generalist responsibilities and leading recruiting efforts.
Prior to wearing all those hats at App Academy, Candace was an experience team-member at the Color Factory, managed facilities at UCSD’s Price Center and interned with PG&E’s Supply Chain Strategy & Operations team. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and volunteering her time with local organizations.
Contact Candace Hsu: candace.hsu [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.
John Joaninois the SMASH Virtual Project Manager. Prior to joining the Kapor Center, John led digital communications at Advancement Project California and was a commissioner on the California Governor’s statewide committee for the 2020 Census. John began his career in tech philanthropy managing celebrity crowdfunding campaigns at Omaze.com before becoming a consultant at RALLY, where he worked with XQ: The Super School Project on startup challenge grant communications. John is an alum of the Front Line Leaders Academy, New Leaders Council Los Angeles, Coca-Cola NextGen LGBTQ Leaders Program, and Harvard Innovation Lab Venture Program. John was born in Los Angeles and raised in Riverside, California. He studied sociology and served as student body president at UCLA, and is currently a Master’s in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. John enjoys yoga, hiking, bootcamp, R&B and sound meditations.
Contact John Joanino: John.Joanino [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.
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 Staff Accountant 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.
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 an Investment Accounting Manager, 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 Nunez is the Associate Graphic Designer, where she develops and designs graphics for blogs, slides, informational toolkits, emails, and social media campaigns. Prior to her role, Alicia was initially the Communications Fellow at SMASH, the signature education program of the Kapor Center. Alicia also assisted the Kapor Center and Kapor Capital with graphic design, social media management, and web design.
Originally from San Francisco, Alicia devotes her creative talent to scale social impact within the Bay Area community. She has volunteered with local organizations in Oakland,CA to boost their marketing strategies. She holds a BA in Multimedia Arts and Communication, and a Minor in Political Science from Holy Names University. During her free time, Alicia loves to spend time with her family and dogs, read spiritual/self help books, and practice yoga.
Contact Alicia Nunez: alicia.nunez [at] kaporcenter.org.
Cynthia Overton, Ph.D is the 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
Dolimer “Doli” Rodriguez is a Student Engagement Program Manager at the Kapor Center. She leads strategy development and program operations for the Rising AP STEM Scholar Initiative, which aims to increase the number of students of color and low-income students in the Bay Area taking AP Computer Science (CS) . Doli has over 5 years of experience within the education sector as a middle school math teacher and program manager. Prior to working at the Kapor Center, she managed partnerships in support of STEM career readiness among Black and Latinx students in Oakland. She has also done research on sustainable funding methods for college readiness programming through the Urban Leaders Fellowship with the City of Oakland. Doli graduated with a BA in Political Science and Spanish Literature from New York University. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.
Contact Doli Rodriguez: doli.rodriguez [at] Kaporcenter.org
Brandon Sudat is the Senior IT Support Administrator.
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 an Accounting Manager 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 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 FP&A Manager, 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