The TechEquity Collaborative Team


Catherine Bracy | TechEquity Collaborative

Catherine Bracy Co-Founder and Executive Director

Catherine Bracy is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the TechEquity Collaborative. Before founding TEC, she was Code for America’s Senior Director of Partnerships and Ecosystem where she grew Code for America’s Brigade program into a network of over 50,000 civic tech volunteers in 80+ cities across the US. During her tenure, Code for America’s Brigade was responsible for 64% of the total growth in the civic tech community in the country. She also founded Code for All, the global network of Code-­for organizations with partners on six continents. During the 2012 election cycle she was Director of Obama for America’s Technology Field Office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. She was responsible for organizing technologists to volunteer their skills for the campaign’s technology and digital efforts. Prior to joining the Obama campaign, she ran the Knight Foundation’s 2011 News Challenge and before that was the Administrative Director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She is on the board of directors at the Citizen Engagement Lab, the Public Laboratory and the Data & Society Research Institute.



DARRELL JONES III | Co-Founder of the TechEquity Collaborative

Darrell Jones III Co-Founder

Darrell Jones III is a Co-Founder of the TechEquity Collaborative. He also oversees business development and social impact for Clef, an internet security startup based in Oakland. Clef powers logins on more than 200,000 sites and has been recommended by usability and security experts across industries. His impact work includes hosting weekly Clef Cooks community dinners, which are open to all, co­founding the Oakland Summit on Blacks in Tech, and co­-founding the TechEquity Collaborative. Darrell received his B.A. in Politics from Pomona College. During his time in school, he co-­founded 2 companies, published in The New York Times, and served as student body president. Upon graduating, he lived in Shanghai, China as the co-­founder of an education consulting venture. He currently resides in Oakland.





JAMES HURD NIXON | Co-Founder of the TechEquity Collaborative

James Hurd Nixon Co-Founder

James Hurd is a Co-Founder of the TechEquity Collaborative. He is also co­founder and principal of Sustainable Systems a for-­profit corporation that undertakes initiatives that pursue sustainable economic and community development. He is lead consultant for the East Bay Broadband Consortium, an East Bay initiative to acquire 21 st Century Broadband infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, and create a tech ecosystem in Oakland and the East Bay that incorporates diversity, inclusion, and equity in its DNA.

Mr. Nixon has served as: lead consultant to the Bay Area Council for the Bay Area Family of Funds; co-­founder of Oakland’s first tech incubator/accelerator, the Communication Technology Cluster; and lead consultant to the Mayor’s Office in San Antonio Texas for Mission Verde, San Antonio’s Sustainable Economic Development Strategy.