Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center, an operating foundation at the intersection of technology and racial justice, providing research and thought leadership, operating programs, supporting strategic partnerships and investments to increase diversity across the tech ecosystem–from K-12 education through entrepreneurship and venture capital. The key areas of focus for Kapor Center are on closing the digital divide, increasing access to computer science education and digital skills, improving policies and practices within companies to advance diversity and inclusion, and expanding access to capital for tech entrepreneurs and communities of color.
Lili leads the Kapor Center’s Strengthening Tech Ecosystems work with a focus on inclusive technology policy with special interests in closing digital divide, scaling new tech workforce models, advocating for responsible technology as well as providing foundational support across civic engagement issues and tech enablement of civic organizations. Lili believes that it is critical that we help prepare and upskill communities of color for the future and encourage going beyond being consumers to also being creators and owners. She was Latino Leader’s 100 Most Influential Latinas, New America CA fellow focused on Tech for Good, was recognized as SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Business and SF Business Times 40 Under 40, and is an MBA lecturer at Mills College. Lili was a featured Salesforce Dreamforce and TEDxOakland speaker. Lili is also the co-founder of LTXConnect.org aimed at increasing Latinx representation across tech, entertainment, media, philanthropy, social justice sectors through curated programming and tech solutions. This past year LTXConnect’s LTXQuest was one of the largest virtual community activations, bringing close to 5K Latinx across sectors together for job & startup launch preparation, knowledge sharing, advocacy and systems change.
Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, based out of Silicon Valley,focused on partnerships and programming to connect startups to Fortune 500 clients. She was also a founding member of the Innovation Services team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions at the federal level. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on software and hardware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. She is an advisor to tech focused nonprofits such as AI-4-All.org as well as community investing organizations such as The Unity Council and Pacific Community Ventures. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.