Dear Hack the Hood community,
After an intensive nationwide search, the Hack the Hood Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Tiffany Shumate as the organization’s next Executive Director. Tiffany will take the helm of the organization on its continued mission to close the digital divide for youth and small businesses starting June 1, 2020.
Tiffany Shumate is a dynamic leader with deep experience working in career development and youth-serving organizations. She defines herself as an educator committed to leveraging technology and business to drive access to quality workforce opportunities for underserved communities.
Tiffany was previously at AI4ALL, where she led its university expansion and oversaw the alumni program, curriculum design, and student recruitment. She most recently served as AI4ALL’s Senior Director and grew university partnerships from 6 to 16 sites across North America, including Vancouver, British Columbia. During her tenure, she established the organization’s first partnerships in the U.S. South and the Midwest regions. She led her team in tripling the organization’s reach to 850+ students, globally, and in 2019, secured a National Science Foundation research grant to study AI4ALL’s impact on persistence in STEM for program alumni.
Prior to joining the AI4ALL team, Tiffany served as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Recruitment at Bryn Mawr College. There, she established partnerships that led to increased enrollment and retention of first-generation, low-income, and non-traditional age students. After Bryn Mawr, she continued her work in college access in leadership roles at College Track and Citizen Schools.
In her transition to education technology, Tiffany worked as the founding Regional Director at Black Girls CODE where she managed partnership and program development in six U.S. regions and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tiffany is passionate about empowering youth with the resources they need to become future-oriented creators and technologists. Upon accepting the position, Tiffany shares:
We are grateful to Blueridge Advisors, our partners, staff, board, and key funders who played a crucial part of our decision-making, and to the entire Hack the Hood community for your encouragement and continued support through our search process.
This leadership transition is just another milestone in a proud organizational history characterized by continual learning, growing, and reflection. What the future brings during these unprecedented times may feel uncertain for everyone, however, we are confident that Tiffany Shumate will lead us onward and upward towards delivering on our essential mission to serve young people and our shared communities.
We would love for you to get to know Tiffany better. So watch out for more information about a virtual meet-and-greet we’ll be hosting in early June. The Board of Directors is deeply committed to working with Tiffany to ensure her successful and visionary leadership as Hack the Hood enters its next chapter. On behalf of the whole Hack the Hood team, we are all very grateful for your past, present, and future continued support.
Kamal Shah, Patty Mitchell, Luther Jackson
Executive Committee - Hack the Hood Board of Directors
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