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, to take part in and lead the change that is happening around them. Hack the Hood programs equip youth ages 16-25 with a toolbox of skills, confidence, and connections to help them flourish as innovators, entrepreneurs and workers.
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.