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Purpose

We believe the world is a better place when we get the most out of each individual. Software engineers are uniquely positioned to improve the world—one programmer can design products that change millions of lives. Black software engineers have historically faced challenges in reaching their full potential. We ensure Black engineers fulfill the promise of their talents, transform the industry, and use their resulting skills and position to give back to their communities.

Mission

To empower Black software engineers to help one another grow into industry leaders.

Story

In 2015, a small group of Black engineers came together to start /dev/color. There were just eleven of us at the first meeting at a restaurant in San Francisco, but we all shared a common vision: to build a community of Black software engineers who helped one another reach ambitious career goals. Since then we’ve helped one another find new jobs, learn new technologies, start companies, and create a sense of belonging in Silicon Valley.

We were inspired to scale and grow our impact, for all black software engineers who are in the industry.

/dev/color, a non-profit organization, helps Black software engineers grow into industry leaders. We firmly believe that we, as Black software engineers, have a lot of agency in this. Our programs start with, and hold at their core, Black software engineers taking action themselves.

 
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“It’s imperative that people of color emerge as key stakeholders in these imaginative processes to ensure we are creating a world that works for everyone. This conviction anchors /dev/color’s commitment to Black software engineers and drives our expansion efforts.”

Lajuanda Asemota
executive director, /DEV/Color

Staff

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Alexander Okafor
Marketing & Communications Manager

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Andy Morgan Partnerships Manager

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Atira Richards
Product Manager

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Coco Waters
Operations Coordinator

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Cynthia Billops
Director of Programs

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Jean Nicole Morelos
Operations Manager

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Lajuanda M. Asemota
Executive Director

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Nicole Setter
Events Manager

 
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Robert Gordon IV
Director of Partnerships

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Sarah Souza
Community Manager

 

Board of Directors

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Aston Motes, Chair
Director of Engineering
United Masters

 

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Beverly Watson  
Director of Scholars Program
King Philanthropies
 

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Brian Mariner, Treasurer
Manager, iPhone Hardware Tools & Prototyping Team
Apple

 

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Lindsay Lee
Founder & Managing Partner
Authentic Ventures

Makinde Adeagbo
Founder
/dev/color

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Nick Caldwell, Secretary
Chief Product Officer
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Advisors

Adam Ward
Head of Recruiting, Pinterest

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Adam Zimman
Technology Consultant/Advisor

Hugh Molotsi
Innovator, Advisor, Investor

Kiva Wilson
Diversity Program Manager, Facebook

Ivan Kirigin
Founder & CEO, YesGraph

 

Jessica Shambora
Head of Communications, Quora

Mark Taguchi
West Coast Managing Director, MLT

Sarah Newman
Recruiting, Pinterest

 
 

Simone Hill
Assistant Director of Admissions, Stanford GSB

 

Tiffany Price
Community Engagement Manager, Kapor CSI

 

Supporters & Allies

Mike Schroepfer & Erin Hoffmann
April & Andrew Bosworth
Kris Gale
R. & L. Cheng
Eric Giovanola
YCombinator
Pinterest
Aaron Levie
Ola Okelola
Neville Bowers & Janette Fong
Bessemer Venture Partners 

Donors

Twum Djin

Caroline Tsay

Chris Dinn

Nicholas Caldwell

Aaron Cowdin

Mike Tooke

Brad Grzesiak

Jason Moiron

Ghamoti Angwafo

Nunyo Zigah

Jacob Sherman

Davies Odu

Brandon Trussell

Oluwadare Kolawole

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Charles Nwatu

Dave Cheney

Hadley Wickham

Akintayo Holder

Jesse Palmer

Kelly Buchanan

John McSwain

Hasani Caraway

Hasan Korre

Moses Isang

Michael Green

Brian Mariner

Kevin Dious

Jared Newberry

Deborah Kim

Abayomi Fashoro

 

Be a Volunteer

If you are interested in supporting /dev/color, one great way to do so is as a volunteer. Sign up here to be notified of opportunities to volunteer at a /dev/color event near you. 

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