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40 Under 40: Tech Diversity - Silicon Valley
Class of 2015

Launched in 2015, in partnership with the, “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” is a unique recognition of the outstanding achievements of 40 diverse leaders from underrepresented ethnicities, under the age of 40, in the Innovation Economy.

  • Acknowledging tech industry progress and promise in advancing diversity

  • Facilitating networking and introductions among diverse tech professionals, hiring companies and tech investors

  • Inspiring future generations to pursue innovation and tech careers, regardless of socio-economic background

  • Inspiring tech companies and the industry at-large, to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.


During the inaugural celebratory event hosted on September 16, 2015 at Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco and attended by more than 350 diverse professionals, a total of 40 awards were conferred upon individuals who were selected on the basis of their outstanding achievements; career success; volunteer and civic engagement; influence and impact; and honors and recognitions.


Two special categories, the Silicon Icon and Game Changer, were awarded to Roy Clay, Sr., Founder and Former CEO, ROD-L Electronics, and Shellye Archambeau, CEO, Metric Stream, respectively.

The Inaugural “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” Class of 2015


Chris Amos

Co-founder & President

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Ime Archibong

Director, Strategic Partnerships

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Angela Benton

Founder & CEO
NewMe Accelerator

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Aisha Bowe

Co-founder & CEO


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Marla Britt

Technical Project/Program Manager, Applied Materials

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Edwin Broni-Mensah

Founder & CEO
Give Me Tap

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Stacy Brown-Philpot


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Kendra Desrosiers

Digital Strategy & Partnerships

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Brian Dixon

Kapor Capital

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Nancy Douyon

User Experience Research Program Manager, Google

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Jotaka Eaddy

PayNearMe & Kapor

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Pablo Fuentes

CEO & Co-founder

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Ricardo Garcia-Amaya

CEO & Founder

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Martin Gilliard

GM, AdTruth
Experian Marketing Services

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Zakiya Harris

Chief Education Officer
Hack The Hood

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Charles Hudson

Soft Tech VC

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Nicole Isaac

Head of Economic Graph Policy Partnerships, LinkedIn

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Ibi Krukrubo

Assurance Partner
Ernst & Young, LLP

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Chris Lyons

Chief of Staff
Andreesen Horowitz

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Vanessa Mason

CEO & Founder, Riveted Partners and Founder, WISE Health

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Isaac Matthews

Aerospace Engineer
NASA Ames Research Center


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Aston Motes

Assorted Bits

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Matthew Mugo Fields

Co-founder, Rocket Group & President, Red Bird Advanced Learning

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    Marlon Nichols

    Director/Founding Partner
    Intel Capital/Cross Culture VC

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    Mekka Okereke

    Senior Manager, Software Engineering, Google

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    Stephen Ozoigbo

    CEO, African Technology Foundation

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    Devin Pauley

    Engineering Program Manager


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    Laura Weidman Powers

    Co-founder & CEO
    CODE 2040

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    Kalimah Priforce

    Headmaster, CEO
    Qeyno Labs

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    Erika D. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

    Materials Research Scientist, ERC Inc. at NASA
    NASA Ames Research Center

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    Merline Saintil

    Head of Operations, Office of the CTO, Intuit

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    Nuria Santamaria

    Head of Multicultural Strategy

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    Michael Seibel

    Y Combinator

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    Ayori Selassie

    Senior Solutions Engineer/ President, Boldforce, Salesforce

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    Wayne Sutton

    General Partner

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    Erin Teague

    Director of Product Management, Yahoo

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    Christina Trampota

    Managing Partner
    CGM Squared

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    Bari Williams


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    Glenn Williamson

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Jason Young

    Co-founder & CEO Mindblown
    Labs / Hidden Genius Project


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    Roy Clay, Sr.


    Founder & Former CEO

    ROD-L Electronics

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      Shellye Archambeau


      Metric Stream

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