Code2040 is a community of Black and Latinx technologists and their allies who are diversifying tech to create a more equitable, inclusive, and prosperous economy.
"GOAL: Our mission is to ensure the full representation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy by creating pathways to their educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in tech. VISION: Our vision is an innovation economy where Black and Latinx people are contributing as technologists, investors, and leaders, and a country in which we have the economic and social capital needed to thrive and build generational wealth."
"Through high-impact direct service programs, robust in-person and online community engagement, and dynamic storytelling and knowledge sharing, Code2040 empowers and mobilizes diversity champions across the industry. Our goal is to ensure that by 2040 – the beginning of the decade when the US will be majority people of color – Black and Latinx people are fully represented in and leading the innovation economy, and have the economic and social capital needed to thrive and build generational wealth. We are based in San Francisco and work with students, professionals, and companies around the country."
We started Code2040 as a pilot with just five students. Over the past five years, our learnings have led to the development and growth of three distinct programs, each serving different facets of our community: the Fellows Program, Technical Applicant Prep (TAP), and the Code2040 Residency. Working closely with hundreds of students, entrepreneurs, and companies has given us a front row seat to the increased focus on the hiring, retention, funding, and support of tech talent of color across the industry. We have seen our brilliant alumni leverage their passion for inclusion to pioneer changes at their companies. We’ve seen companies emerge as exemplars for what it means to embrace a growth mindset and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. And we’ve seen Black and Latinx entrepreneurs across the U.S. launch and grow their businesses, supporting each other and their communities along the way.
"We believe that Blacks and Latinxs are powerful innovators. Our bold goal is, by 2040, to be recognized and valued as leading benefactors to and beneficiaries of the innovation economy, with the economic and social capital we need to thrive and build generational wealth. We believe seeking the contributions of Black and Latinx communities and including us in entrepreneurial and innovative fields strengthens the nation as a whole. As a result, we envision a nation that is more equitable, innovative, and prosperous by 2040."
Laura Weidman Powers
Laura is the co-founder and CEO. Laura is a 2016-2017 New America California Fellow. In 2016, Ebony included her on their Power 100 list. In 2015, Fortune named her one of 10 Female Executives on the Rise and San Francisco Magazine saluted her as one of 37 Soldiers of Social Change. From 2014-2016 Laura sat on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). The Root named her one of the 100 Most Influential African-Americans in 2013 and 2016 and Goldman Sachs named her one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013. She was a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2013 Stanford Social Innovation Fellow. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, NBC, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Inc. NPR, and others.
Tristan is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board. He is also Founder and CEO of Walker and Company Brands and was previously an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to his time at Andreessen Horowitz, he was the Director of Business Development for foursquare, where he oversaw strategic partnerships and monetization. In this role, Tristan managed integrations with large brands and media entities including American Express, The New York Times, CNN, MTV, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Starbucks. He has been named to Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People list, The Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power 50, and Black Enterprise’s 40 Next.