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About Kapor Foundation

The Kapor Foundation works at the intersection of racial equity and technology to expand access to K-12 computer science and postsecondary tech pathways, improve tech accountability and worker protections, and increase investments in infrastructure and innovation. We advocate for policy changes, build the capacity of partners, conduct research, support partners through grant making, and invest in entrepreneurship and VC.

We believe that when technology includes diverse perspectives and is harnessed to address societal challenges, we can transform the tech ecosystem for Black, Latine, and Native communities, and society as a whole. Kapor Foundation works collectively with the Kapor Center family of organizations, Kapor Capital, and SMASH to reimagine and reconstruct a more inclusive and equitable technology sector.

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The Foundation’s work aims to both impact the national technology landscape and build inclusive tech ecosystems in key regions. We conduct research, make strategic grants, invest in entrepreneurs and funds, and inform equitable technology policy to enhance racial equity in tech.

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Alexis Martin, Ph.D (She/Her)

Director of Grants Management

Alexis Martin, PhD is 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.

Allison Scott, Ph.D (She/Her)

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Cynthia Overton, Ph.D (She/Her)

Senior Director of Tech Workplace Initiatives

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.

Dinah Consuegra (She/Ella)

Chief of Staff and Learning

Dinah Consuegra is 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, being a mom, and urban farming at her home in East Oakland.

Frieda McAlear (She/They)

Director of Seeding Innovation

Frieda McAlear is the Director of Seeding Innovation, 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.

Kadeem Palacios (He/Him)

Tech Solutions Engineer

Kadeem Palacios is a software engineer currently serving as the Tech Support Engineer for the Kapor Center’s Tech Workplace Initiatives team. Initially starting as an intern and later transitioning into his current role, he leverages his technical expertise to provide advice, act as a liaison between partners, and implement technical solutions. During his internship, he led the migration of the Diversity Advocates community from its original Google Group to a new community platform. Presently, his role involves the development and management of multiple platforms, communities, and web app solutions that seamlessly integrate into our collaborative environments.

Before his current role, Kadeem served as a Computer Science Instructor at SMASH and later worked as a contract iOS developer. In his free time, you'll find him immersed in building side projects, running, exploring emerging technologies, and enjoying quality time with family and friends.
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Kalisha Davis (She/Her)

CS Equity Curriculum Project Director

Kalisha Davis is the CS Equity Curriculum Project Director, who guides and develops all aspects of the Equitable Computer Science Curriculum Initiative, a multi-year endeavor led by Kapor Center. Before this role, Kalisha served as the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement and Detroit Revitalization Fellow at the Detroit Historical Society. While there, she was the architect of more than 200 community-focused partnerships endeavors and played a critical role in creating the now internationally lauded and nationally award-winning Detroit 67 Project: Looking Back to Move Forward. This multi- faceted community engagement initiative honors and elevates the history and stories behind Detroit’s July 1967 Uprising. 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.

Kathia Ramos (They/Them)

Senior Programs Associate for Tech Workplace Initiatives

Kathia Ramos is the Senior Program 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.

Kirsten Lundgren (She/Her)

Director of Economic & Workforce Initiatives

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 and backcountry adventures.

Lili Gangas (She/Her)

Chief Technology Community Officer

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.

Lisa Cruz Novohatski (She/Her)

Senior Data & Insights Analyst

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.

Rachel Goins (She/Her)

Director of Program Implementation for Tech Workplace Initiatives

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.

Shana V. White (She/Her)

Director of CS Equity Initiatives

Shana V. White is the Director of CS Equity 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.

Sonia Koshy, Ph.D (She/Her)

Chief Research Officer

Sonia Koshy, PhD is 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.