The TechEquity Collaborative Team
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 is a Co-Founder of the TechEquity Collaborative. He previously led business development and social impact for Clef, an internet security startup. He scaled Clef’s passwordless authentication product growth from 10,000 websites to over 900,000 websites in 2 years while hosting monthly Clef Cooks community dinners and co-organizing the Oakland Summit on Blacks in Tech. Clef joined Twilio in February 2017. He has been awarded 40 under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley, Special Congressional Recognition from Barbara Lee, and the 2016 Tech Oakland award.
James Hurd Nixon 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.
Becca Blazak joined the TechEquity Collaborative as Director of Programs in April 2017 and is responsible for membership, content, and program development. Prior to joining TechEquity she completed a fellowship with Code for Australia where she partnered with Victoria Legal Aid to build technology that improved service delivery. Her team helped encourage changes in policy and project management with regards to how technology is built and sourced by the department. Before jetting across the world, Becca ran the fellowship program at Code for America, building, placing, and supporting teams in cities across the US.