Meet the Team

Before founding TechEquity, Catherine 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 and 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. She is on the board of directors at the Public Laboratory and the Data & Society Research Institute.

Catherine Bracy
Co-founder & Executive Director

Becca 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.

Becca Blazak
Director of Programs

Salah joined the TechEquity Collaborative as the Advocacy and Organizing Manager in September 2017 and is responsible for membership acquisition and campaign strategy. Prior to joining TechEquity he worked for the Colorado Democratic Party as an organizer, supporting the coordinated campaign on the state level. His team kept Colorado blue and successfully brought Democrats into office on the state and local levels. Before his work in politics, he worked in the Bay Area as a consultant to newly emerging start-ups and tech companies.

Salah Safadi
Organizing and Advocacy Manager

Advisory Board

Darrell is a Co-Founder of the TechEquity Collaborative. He previously led business development and social impact for Clef, an internet security startup. Clef joined Twilio in February 2017. He has also helped co-organize the Oakland Summit on Blacks in Tech and has been awarded 40 under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley, Special Congressional Recognition from Barbara Lee, and the 2016 Tech Oakland award.

Darrell Jones III
Co-Founder & Board Member

James 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.

James Hurd Nixon
Co-Founder & Board Member

Susan Mernit is co-founder and CEO of Hack the Hood, a Bay-area non-profit organization that connects low-income young people of color and local small businesses through technology, in order to create opportunities for all the people who live in the Bay Area, and beyond.. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & a former Yahoo! Senior Director, Mernit has been a consultant for organizations including Public Radio International, Salon.com & TechSoup Global. She led a start-up that was a 2008 Tech Stars investment and is a proud Oakland resident.

Susan Mernit
Board Member

Kim-Mai Cutler is a partner at Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that has invested in companies like Patreon, Coinbase, Flexport, Lever and more. She was previously a journalist who worked at TechCrunch, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal covering startups, technology and finance, along with doing some in-depth pieces about the Bay Area political & socioeconomic landscape. She is a third-generation Bay Area native and a UC Berkeley alum.

Kim-Mai Cutler
Board Member

Y-Vonne Hutchinson is the founder of Ready Set, a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland, CA, and a co-founder/ advisor of Project Include. Prior to launching ReadySet she worked as an international labor and human rights lawyer. She has worked with foreign national governments, the US Dept. of State, and the UN. She also serves on the Women of Color Council for the Anita Borg Institute and the board of the San Francisco New Leaders Council.

Yvonne Hutchinson
Board Member

Zack Rosen is a co-founder and the CEO of Pantheon, a venture-backed software company in San Francisco. He is also an owner of Mission Bicycle, a bicycle manufacturer. His first job was working on Howard Dean's presidential campaign technology team.

Zack Rosen
Board Member

John is a partner at GV. He's led the firm's investments in Brandless, Gametime, and Lola, among others. Prior to GV he held a number of business development roles at Google, where he worked primarily with early stage products. Most recently he managed the partnerships and marketing teams for Google for Entrepreneurs, which leads the company's outreach to startups.John's career prior to Google focused on progressive public policy and advocacy. He helped launch and was an early employee at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

John Lyman
Board Member

Cedric Brown is the Chief of Community Engagement at the Kapor Center for Social Impact. He has over 20 years of experience as a funder, convenor, and advisor, steering over $60 million in grants to community efforts. He has worked steadily to ensure access, inclusion, and greater empowerment for people of color. He is the co-founder of Brothers Code, the College Bound Brotherhood, and the Oakland Startup Network.

Cedric Brown
Board Member

Caitlyn leads policy initiatives in affordable housing and local economic development at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). She previously served as Chief of Staff of CZI and in that role, helped launch the organization and its initial work in basic science, education, and engineering. Prior to CZI, Caitlyn worked at Redstone Strategy Group, the Rockefeller Foundation, and in management consulting serving technology and financial services clients on corporate strategy. Caitlyn graduated from Brown University with a degree in Political Philosophy and received her M.B.A. from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.

Caitlyn Fox
Board Member

Erica is a Senior Engineering Manager at Patreon and advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, and expanding access to tech education. Erica's career in tech began 15 years ago doing domain administration for the University of Alaska Statewide System, before becoming a Googler in 2006. At Slack, she built the Native Client Build and Release infrastructure. Erica is on the Board of Directors for Girl Develop It, the advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. Erica is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Lux Award winner, and was included in WIRED Magazine's 2016 Next List.

Erica Baker
Board Member

Lindsay Baker is the President of Comfy. She is a catalyst of progressive programs and products aimed at improving the building industry's impacts on human health and the environment. She serves on the board of the US Green Building Council in Northern California, and was a lead convener and author of the LEED green building rating systems, as well as having worked in Google's real estate sustainability team. She did her PhD work in Building Science at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, studying how public school buildings impact children's learning and health, and has published and spoken broadly on these issues and others.

Lindsay Baker
Board Member

Tracey Ross, Associate Director of the All-In Cities Initiative at PolicyLink. She also serves as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Leadership program. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Tracey worked at the Center for American Progress focused on urban poverty and environmental justice, and at Living Cities on place-based efforts. Tracey has been a guest on The Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC and Inside Story on Al Jazeera English, and was a regular commentator for SiriusXM’s The Agenda. Tracey began her career in the offices of former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO).

Tracey Ross
Board Member