TechEquity Officially Launches

The panelists at our launch event talk equitable growth in the Bay Area

Last Thursday night we welcomed over 100 Bay Area tech workers to help us celebrate the official launch of the TechEquity Collaborative. Before we toasted on the roof of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, we heard from local policymakers (Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and CA Assemblyman David Chiu) and tech workers (TechEquity Co-Founder and Twilio Account Manager Darrell Jones III and Molly Turner, former Global Head of Civic Partnerships at Airbnb) about the importance of the tech community being engaged in policy and civic conversations at the local level.

Much of the conversation consisted of concrete suggestions for how we can begin shifting the relationship between Tech and the community. Molly Turner referenced SPUR’s report on corporate campuses and urged companies to build close to public transit, Mayor Schaaf highlighted Oakland’s partnership with Kiva, an opportunity to lend to local entrepreneurs. Head to our Facebook page where you can watch the entire live video or to our Twitter feed where you can relive the action.

Since our launch, we’ve welcomed over 250 members to TechEquity and continue to grow each day. We believe that by thoughtfully and intentionally structuring our actions around three policy focus areas — affordable housing, workforce development, and access to technology — we as a community can bring major change to our region.

We invite members to take action in three ways: attend informational and community-building events; participate in volunteer opportunities; and support advocacy campaigns that we run in partnership with other local community organizations.

Right now you can:

In the meantime, we’re hard at work planning our first campaign, to support anti-displacement efforts in the Bay Area. Stay tuned for more details about that.

Consider joining as a sustaining member or make a donation. A, as a member driven organization your contributions are key to our success. Sustaining members get free access to our monthly event series and other fun goodies along the way.

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