Six years ago, I was tapped by a close colleague to join a small 3 person team to support the summer pilot of a new technology program for youth called Hack the Hood. Today, Hack the Hood has 16 staffers and has served over 600 youth and small businesses.
In my role as Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, I am proud to have led the organization to scale in over 6 cities and served as the lead architect of our programs and curriculum. I have also led the training of over 20 educators who deliver our programs across the Bay Area. In my entire career as a non-profit professional spanning more than two decades, I have never worked for an organization that has grown so fast and touched so many lives in such a short span of time. My experience at Hack the Hood has grown me as a leader and entrepreneur and taught me valuable lessons of speaking my truth, walking in my power and trusting my gut. As I step deeper into 2019, I am stepping down from my role as Chief Innovation Officer. I am grateful to take these lessons with me, and so proud of the team that will continue to shepherd and grow Hack the Hood full-time. The transition from Susan to Michel's leadership has gone well, and I'm excited to stay involved, albeit in a part-time capacity our Senior Fellow and Advisor. The future is bright, and I will always support the Hack the Hood community as it continues to grow, thrive, and change lives.
Hack the Hood Blog
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