A Celebration of Black Identity in Technology

Being black and working in the technology industry can be a lonely experience.

The New York-based not-for-profit group Ascend Leadership examined the employment information of hundreds of San Francisco tech companies in 2007 and in 2015.

Ascend used information from the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ascend found that black tech professional employment decreased from 2.5 percent in 2007 to 1.9 percent in 2015.

It also found that, although there was a 43 percent growth in the number of black executives from 2007, blacks still made up just 1.1 percent of tech executives in 2015.

Ari Melenciano is a student in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. She is African American.

“You’re in a sea full of people that just don’t look like you,”…

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