• Pi Day Event

    Tech Stands Up

    March 14th 1:59pm
    King Plaza, Palo Alto, CA

About the Event

On March 14th -- Pi Day -- hundreds of people in and around the tech community will rally to make a strong statement in support of the values that drive Silicon Valley:

  • Inclusion, diversity, and civil liberties
  • The open exchange of ideas
  • Community participation
  • The idea that meritocracy is where the best ideas win regardless of status or power
  • Experimentation and discovery to find the best possible solution

Come, be inspired by leaders in technology, non-profits, and organizations fighting for social justice every day. In addition to speakers, we have invited nonprofits to host info tables so you can start getting active right away!

Our goals are:

  • Connect technologists to organizations, through hackathons, fundraising, mentoring programs, and donating skills/time;
  • Work together with other organizations to bridge the divide between the tech industry and people that technology has disrupted.

This is intended to be a peaceful event. We will be working closely with the City of Palo Alto to ensure that everyone has a safe and inspiring day. 


Come listen to amazing individuals from Technology, Non-Profit and Activist Organizations on how we can make a difference

The Promise of America

Aatif Awan

VP Growth & International

Aatif Awan is the head of growth and international products at LinkedIn, a professional networking site that allows its members to create business connections, search for jobs, and find potential clients. Previously, he held various managerial positions at Microsoft.

Awan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Forgotten Americans

Adam Goldstein


Adam is a full-time travel nerd who founded Hipmunk just weeks after his graduation from MIT in June 2010. At MIT, he earned degrees in electrical engineering/computer science and mechanical engineering, and was the North American Debating Champion in 2010. Prior to Hipmunk, Adam co-founded BookTour with Wired's Chris Anderson, and was also the youngest author ever at O'Reilly, writing AppleScript: The Missing Manual at the age of 16.

How to Organize and use your skills for good

Ajay Jain Bhutoria

Global Business Consulting

Ajay is a recognized author, speaker, entrepreneur, tech executive & political activist from the bay area. Ajay is an active community leader involved in nurturing the community and bringing diverse groups together and engaging the Community in Political activities/campaigns. Ajay was on National Finance Committee & National Leadership Council -AAPI for Hillary -Hillary Clinton Campaign for President.

Ajay has been honored with numerous awards & recognitions nationally and Internationally by various organizations, including California state senate, assembly and including an award from President Obama  for community services  Ajay is the co-founder of the largest 24/7 south Asian radio station -Radio Zindagi 1550 AM.

Putting your dollars into action

Andrei Cherny

CEO and Co-Founder

Andrei Cherny is CEO of Aspiration, an online financial platform with a conscience that is democratizing access to great financial products and founded on the idea that we can do well and do good at the same time.

Andrei has been an advisor to Fortune 100 companies, a senior fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and at the Center for American Progress, the co-founder and president of Democracy journal, a Navy reserve officer, and a financial fraud prosecutor. A former White House aide, President Clinton called Andrei a “critical part of the team” which brought about the economic successes of the 1990s. He is the author of “The Next Deal” and “The Candy Bombers.” He graduated from Harvard University and from the University of California Berkeley law school.

The Status of Women

Anne Devereux-Mills

Founder, Parlay House
CSO, Lantern / Board Chair, Marchex

Having had a successful career as the Chairman and CEO of a number of Advertising Agencies in New York, Anne Devereux-Mills is the Founder of Parlay House, a salon-style gathering of over 900 San Francisco Bay-area women who come together monthly to pull each other forward through a combination of shared experiences, meaningful content and peer-to-peer connections. She is also the of Chairman of the Board of Marchex, a publicly-traded mobile technology company, and on the Board of  Lantern, a San Francisco-based start-up that is using technology to bring mental health programs to people otherwise underserved due to challenges of stigma, access and cost. 

In 2015 Anne became a mentor for SHE-CAN, and organization supporting and grooming the next generation of female world leaders coming from post-genocide countries. An activist on issues related to social justice, Anne was a key member of the team that helped pass California's Proposition 36, which brought fair sentencing to thousands of non-violent inmates as part of California's Three Strikes reform. Following that victory, she was the Executive Director for the award winning documentary film entitled, The Return.

Anne supported Stanford University by serving as the Executive Director of Healthy Body Image Programs, which then grew into the company now called Lantern. Before taking on these roles in more philanthropic ventures, Anne was a single mom raising two daughters in the New York area, with a significant career that specialized in the healthcare marketing. Specifically, she was the Chairman and CEO of LLNS and TBWA/WorldHealth (and their worldwide marketing network) after her successful roles as Chief Integration Officer at BBDO and Managing Director of their highly successful healthcare unit. She also served as CEO of Consumer Healthworks, a division of Merkley and Partners, as well as President of Harrison& Star. 

In addition to her role as Chairman of the Board of Marchex, Anne recently helped completed a successful sale of a home healthcare company as a board member, and was a founding board member of Braven, a non-profit organization which focuses on identifying and empowering our nation’s high-performing yet underserved youth. She also helped launch the iHUG Foundation, a not-for-profit school in Uganda supporting some of that nation's most needy children. She continues to participate in many activities that mentor and nurture underserved women. 

In her spare time, Anne can be found writing a book, working out in a pilates studio, skimming waves on a paddle board, sitting at the kitchen counter making jewelry or traveling the world. Anne is a Wellesley College graduate, a 2003 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Status of Migrant workers and the Wall

Arturo S. Rodriguez

United Farm Workers

As president of the United Farm Workers of America, Arturo S. Rodriguez is continuing to build the union Cesar Chavez founded into a powerful voice for farm workers by increasing its membership and pushing historic legislation on immigration reform and worker rights. Rodriguez led negotiations with the nation's major grower associations to fashion the agricultural provisions of the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate in 2013. He and the UFW worked closely with the White House, meeting with President Obama, over the President's executive order on immigration issued in November 2014.

Rodriguez is leading the UFW in bringing about meaningful change for farm workers by making it easier for them to organize and negotiate union contracts. He seeks to fundamentally transform agriculture by creating jobs offering workers decent pay, comprehensive health coverage, retirement security, protections against toxic pesticides, job security and guarantees against discrimination and sexual harassment.

Youth perspective on division in our country

Belen Fonseca


Belen is 17 years old, an immigrant and senior at Sonoma Valley High School. She is the captain of the speech and debate team. In 2oi6 she gave a TEDxtalkYouth talk How I Became my Own Female Role Model.

Inspired by the power of public speaking and the sharing of experiences, Fonseca chose, for her senior project, to get involved with the Sonoma Valley G3 conferences produced by co-founders Michelle Jernigan and Piper Abodeely. She helped organize G3’s girls conference in October and its November G3 conference. She spoke at both events. She plans to attend college next year to study political science and women and gender studies. 


Now is the time for Tech to Stand Up

Brad Taylor

Tech Stands Up

Brad Taylor is a Software Engineer during the day and the founder of Tech Stands Up at night. Having lived in San Francisco for over 11 years he has seen many changes, both good, and bad, take place in the tech industry. Like many others, Brad was frustrated with the current administration, decided the tech community needed to stand up for social justice. He started Tech Stands Up to encourage our industry to become more involved in their local communities, politics, and organizations. 

Building a tech economy that works for everyone.

Derecka Mehrens

Silicon Valley Rising

Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director at Working Partnerships USA, brings fifteen years of community organizing, civic engagement, and public policy experience working in communities of color and with low and moderate-income families.

Under Derecka's leadership, Working Partnerships USA co-founded Silicon Valley Rising, a coordinated regional campaign to inspire a tech-driven economy where all workers, their families and communities thrive. The unprecedented labor-faith-community alliance is working to build a new economic model that rebuilds the middle class, to raise wages and workplace standards for all workers in this valley, and to address a regional housing crisis that is pushing families and children to live in garages, cars, or near creek beds in order to survive. Silicon Valley Rising members have moved Facebook, Apple, Google, and a half dozen other companies to increase standards and support contract worker organizing and policy campaigns to increase funding for affordable housing and protections for renters are moving across the Valley. 

Derecka also led Working Partnerships USA to launch a strategic plan for 2015-2018 including: improving the wages, benefits, and working conditions of 100,000 low-wage workers through industry and sector-based policy and organizing campaigns; developing cutting-edge health prevention programs aimed at eliminating growing health disparities based on race and income; and advancing progressive tax and fiscal policies through engaging our base of 60,000 infrequent voters in a new model of community-driven governance that connects mass-based civic engagement, deep grassroots organizing, and values-based leadership. 

Now is the time for unity

Dex Torricke-Barton

Facebook, Google, SpaceX

I help leaders and organizations to craft their voices.

From 2012-2016 I was speechwriter for Mark Zuckerberg and led Facebook's executive communications team. Previously, I was Google's first executive speechwriter, supporting Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page and other senior Google leaders. Before coming to Silicon Valley I was a speechwriter and spokesperson for the United Nations.

Most recently, I led SpaceX's communications team from May-November 2016. I've just departed to work on causes focused on social impact and to write a book.

I studied at Oxford and the University of London, and live in Los Angeles. I'm passionate about technology, public policy and storytelling.

An American Quest

Dilawar Syed

Freshdesk, Inc.

Dilawar is President at Freshdesk, heading up the cloud-based software company’s North America business overseeing enterprise sales, marketing, customer success and partnerships. Backed by Tiger Global, Accel Partners, CapitalG and Sequoia Capital, Freshdesk has rapidly grown to more than 100,000 customers globally. Prior to joining Freshdesk, Dilawar was C.E.O at Yonja Media Group and launched digital brands in the Turkish market. At Yahoo, Dilawar was responsible for the company’s platform and infrastructure strategy and business operations. Earlier in his career, Dilawar spent several years in product management at SAP and Siebel Systems.

In parallel to his entrepreneurial track, Dilawar has been a leader in civic efforts globally. As President Obama’s Commissioner for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, Dilawar led White House’s charge with AAPI entrepreneurs and small businesses across the U.S. advocating for immigration reform, and access to capital and federal government resources. Dilawar was on the front lines of the presidential campaigns as a surrogate in both Hillary Clinton and President Obama’s campaigns, stumping amongst immigrant communities in key states. He served on the Platform Committee of the DNC in 2016 and helped developed the most progressive platform in the party’s history. Dilawar is co-founder of the AAPI Victory Fund which drives voter registration and mobilization across the Asian American community.

He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned Bachelors in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Threats to the LGBTQ community and how we are going to respond

Elizabeth Lanyon

Individual Giving Manager

Elizabeth Lanyon joined NCLR in September 2016 as the Development Specialist, brining 10 years of non-profit fundraising experience. Elizabeth’s interests in justice and equality for LGBTQ people have been the driving force behind her work in the social sector. For the last four years, Elizabeth has served as the Co-Chair of the San Francisco Dyke March, organizing one of the largest Marches for lesbian visibility in the country with an estimated 30,000 attendees. Through grassroots organizing, strategic relationships and cultivating new leadership, Elizabeth’s commitment to fostering lesbian community has set the groundwork for the future of Dyke March as a vibrant feminist platform for our movement. Elizabeth’s experience in non-profit development is vast, having held fundraising roles in youth organizations, workforce and leadership development, and women’s economic empowerment through starting and building small businesses. She is a Member of San Francisco Pride’s General Membership and previously served on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in English and an A.A. in Marketing. Most recently, Elizabeth served as Co-Lead for the Women’s March San Francisco, which brought an estimated 100,000+ out for a rally and March on January 21s.  She enjoys yoga, reading feminist theory and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.

Racial Bias in the Age of Trump

Eva Paterson

Co-founder and President
Equal Justice Society

Civil rights attorney Eva Jefferson Paterson is co-founder and President of the Equal Justice Society, a nonprofit organization transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. EJS’s legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include implicit bias and structural bias by using social science, structural analysis, and real-life experience. 

Before co-founding EJS in 2000, Eva was the Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. She is a co-founder and former chair of the California Civil Rights Coalition. She also served as Vice President of the ACLU National Board and chaired the boards of Equal Rights Advocates and the San Francisco Bar Association Foundation.

As a 20-year-old student leader at a time of turmoil, Eva was catapulted into the national spotlight when she debated then-Vice President Spiro Agnew on live television. Dubbed the "peaceful warrior" for fostering non-violent protest in the aftermath of the 1970 shooting of student demonstrators at Kent State University, she was named one of Mademoiselle's "Ten Young Women of the Year," featured on the covers of Ebony and Jet, and called to testify before Congress.

Eva received her B.A. in political science from Northwestern University and was elected Northwestern’s first African American student body president. She received her law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Thank you for standing up

Jacky Espinoza

Worker Leader in UNITE HERE
Barista at Aramark / Cisco Systems

Jacky Espinoza is a barista working for Aramark in the employee cafeteria at Cisco Systems’ headquarters in San Jose. She grew up in San Jose and has deep family roots in the area and in the food service industry. Jacky and her coworkers recently joined UNITE HERE Local 19, the labor union representing cafeteria workers in the tech industry. For more information on the campaign to organize food service workers in tech, visit http://www.wefeedtech.org .

If you want peace, talk to your enemies

Jason Johnson

Founder & CEO
August Home

Jason is the co-founder and CEO of August, maker of the August Smart Lock. He is also a managing partner of the startup incubator Founders Den and founder of the Internet of Things Consortium. With 24 years of marketing technology products, Jason previously co-founded mobile security software company AirCover and ebook software startup BookShout!. Prior to that he was a vice president of Dolby Laboratories

Immigration: Know Your Rights

Julia Wilson

Executive Director
One Justice

As Chief Executive Officer, Julia is responsible for leading OneJustice’s statewide network of 100+ nonprofit legal organizations, law firms, law schools and businesses that together provide life-changing legal assistance to over 270,000 low-income Californians each year. In addition to my executive responsibilities at OneJustice, I enjoy traveling around California providing training and consulting support to the executives and boards of the legal nonprofit organizations in OneJustice’s network. My areas of expertise include designing innovative pro bono delivery systems and building effective and engaging board governance, including training board members how to be joyful “sparkplug” friend- and fund-raisers for their organizations.

Julia started her legal career in 1998 as an Equal Justice Works (then NAPIL) Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, providing free legal assistance to low-income residents with a focus on serving very young children with disabilities. I became Directing Attorney and then Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s first-ever Pro Bono Coordinator, developing and launching Legal Aid’s pro bono programs, which still continue to this day. From 2005 to early 2013, I served as the shared executive director of both OneJustice and its sister organization, the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC). In this capacity, I led statewide advocacy efforts on behalf of the legal services delivery system, undertook multiple statewide strategic planning initiatives, and served as the legal services community’s liaison to key access to justice partners.

Taking Action Locally

Julia Spiegel

Deputy County Counsel
Santa Clara County

Julia is an attorney in the Impact Litigation and Social Justice Section of the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office, which spearheads affirmative litigation, drafts local ordinances, and develops novel policies to advance the County’s goal of securing social and economic justice for all of its residents.  Before joining the Impact team, Julia served as a senior policy advisor to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power and clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Julia received her J.D. from Yale Law School, her M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and her B.A. from Stanford University. 

We the People

Lisa Wentz

San Francisco Voice Center

Lisa is the Founder of the San Francisco Voice Center. She is a long time activist and a member of Indivisable. Lisa is currently spearheading a movement to take the Indivisable principles into local politics. Lisa works closely with non-profits, progressive politicians and activists serving as a public speaking coach. She has been featured public speaking expert in publications such as TIME, Wall Street Journal, Daily Journal, Glamour Magazine amongst others.

Dreamers and the risk of deportation

Maria Gonzalez


Maria currently works as a janitor at Facebook. She also serves on the executive Board of Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West. She is a proud mother of two who first immigrated to the United States in 1999 from Costa Rica. Shortly after, in 2000 she started working as a janitor. Despite low pay and significant hurdles, she was able to put one of her kids through college. Her other daughter is a Dreamer who has almost completed her nursing degree but is now at risk of being sent back to Costa Rica.

Use your skills for good

Mark Horoszowski


Mark is co-founder and CEO of MovingWorlds.org, a global platform that helps people volunteer their expertise with social impact organizations around the world, on their own or through corporate-sponsored programs. Mark is also a contributor at Huffington Post, National Leadership Volunteer at the American Cancer Society, and lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma's Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility.

My Journey as an Immigrant

Mohsen Moazami

Managing Director
Columbus Nova Technology Partners

Mohsen Moazami is the MD at Columbus Nova Technology Partners (CNTP), a novel global tech investment firm combining the best attributes of VC & PE business models. Moazami’s representative investments are vArmour, Frame, Bracket Computing, Aerospike, Bina acq. by Roche, Liveloop acq by MSFT & Opsmatic acq by New Relic. He was an early investor in Think Big Analytics acq by Teradata, Webs, acq by Vistaprint, Powerset, acq by MSFT, ParAllyle, acq by Affymetrix, SGN, acq by Mindjolt, NextBio acq by Ilumina, Opsmatic acq by New Relic 

Moazami currently serves on the Boards of Global Capacity, Kaazing, Aerospike, vAmour & Frame.

Sing out for world peace, feminist values, social justice and equal rights for all


Raging Grannies Action League

Members of the Raging Grannies Action League use street theater, humor, satire and props to get their message across. They sing out for world peace, feminist values, social justice and equal rights for all. In 2008 they sang at an FCC hearing in favor of net neutrality, and in 2012 this photo of their campaign against internet censorship went viral.

EFF and mass surveillance

Shahid Buttar

Director Of Grassroots / Advocacy
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Shahid leads EFF's grassroots and student outreach efforts. He's a constitutional lawyer focused on the intersection of community organizing and policy reform as a lever to shift legal norms, with roots in communities across the country resisting mass surveillance.

From 2009 to 2015, he led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as Executive Director. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he grew immersed in the movement to stop the war in Iraq, Shahid worked for a decade in Washington, D.C. 

Outside of work, Shahid DJs and produces electronic music, writes poetry & prose, kicks rhymes, organizes guerilla poetry insurgencies, plays capoeira, speaks truth to power on Truthout, occasionally elucidates legal scholarship, and documents counter-cultural activism for the Burning Man Journal.

The Recklessness of taking away healthcare

Troy Brunet

Community Activist

Is the California District Liaison for AARP. After being diagnosed with HIV / AIDS, having several surgeries with very little resources Troy became a health care and disabilities rights advocate. Troy serves on the boards of Board of Directors for SFPA (San Francisco Pool Ass, Mandance Ballet Company. He is an Activist, Volunteer, Fundraiser for AEF/BCEF  "Only The Strong Survive"


Come find local non-profits, activist and political organizations and find out how you can get involved!

Issues, scripts and your representatives all in one place. Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls. #MakeYourVoiceHeard


Calling members of Congress is the most effective way to have your voice heard. Calls are tallied by staffers and the count is given to your representatives, informing them how strongly their constituents feel about a current issue. The sooner you reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence their position.

5 Calls does the research for each issue, determining which representatives are most influential for which topic, collecting phone numbers for those offices and writing scripts that clearly articulate a progressive position. You just have to call.

We fuel creative action + radical imagination. Join our community of joyful doers.

Blue Heart

Blue Heart helps millennial professionals meaningfully engage with complex social and environmental issues that impact their city through a monthly membership to visionary art and stories from grassroots leaders. Through Blue Heart, our members fund grassroots organizations building the political power of low-income communities and communities of color in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Every month, we feature a different community-led, grassroots organization that is advancing social or environmental justice (starting in the Bay Area). We send members a print from a local artist that explores the vision of the organization, stories from the artist and the organization, additional readings and videos to help them learn more, and a tailored set of action opportunities for them to become more engaged. A portion of the membership fees goes directly to our partner organizations, artists receive a stipend for their print, and the rest covers printing and shipping. In contrast to issue-focused organizations, our service seeks to highlight the intertwined, intersectional nature of diverse social justice issues, such as climate change, gentrification, and racial inequality.

To fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society
26 Years of Resistance, Resilience and Re-Building

Coalition On Homelessness

For decades, the Coalition on Homelessness has developed the leadership skills of homeless San Franciscans to forge true solutions to the housing crisis and beat back mean-spirited attacks against them. This represents highlights of our collective accomplishments.

Helping you find the best place to volunteer your skills around the world - on your own or through corporate-sponsored programs


MovingWorlds is a social impact organization addressing the global talent gap. Our online platform and community connects people who want to travel and volunteer their expertise directly with social impact organizations around the world. We maintain quality by selectively sourcing professionals and organizations who then interact through our website to find each other for "Experteering” engagements.

Both "Experteers" and "Hosts" also have access to our MovingWorlds exclusive training, resources, and planning guide to help ensure safe, high-impact engagements. In addition, forward-thinking corporations can leverage the same platform to create and manage worldwide skills-based volunteering programs for employees.

Go Experteering

Get Your Company Involved

National Center for Lesbian Rights - national legal organization advancing the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender people and our families.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

In 1977, a brave and determined woman, fresh out of law school and eager to make a difference, decided to put her knowledge to good use. As a legal scholar, Donna Hitchens saw the courtroom as a way to change the world. As a lesbian, she had experienced frustrations and fears—both personal and professional—and didn’t want others to suffer the same. As a future parent, she knew she would face even more challenges ahead.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights was born. Today, that pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to advance LGBT equality continues. NCLR’s programs focus on employment, immigration, youth, elder law, transgender law, sports, marriage, relationship protections, reproductive rights, and family law create safer homes, safer jobs, and a more just world.

Each year, NCLR shapes the legal landscape for all LGBT people and families across the nation through its precedent- setting litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.

For more than three decades, NCLR has led historic cases, and it is still blazing trails in pursuit of justice, fairness, and legal protections for all LGBT people.

OneJustice brings life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the legal aid system.

One Justice

Since 2007, OneJustice has developed and launched a variety of effective projects with possibilities of replication during the Justice Bus Project, Rural Justice Collaborative (RJC), IMPACT LA, Executive Fellows Program, and Nonprofit Management Consulting. Our goal is to innovate and develop methods to package for replication the content, approach, requirements, and measurements of select projects.

Building safe, healthy, and meaningful futures for unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children.


RISE is a high-potential social enterprise driving large-scale global impact. We are leveraging people, products, partnerships, and resources to respond to the unprecedented global refugee crisis.

at RISE we believe that technology plays an important role in improving the efficacy of the global humanitarian response to vulnerable unaccompanied migrant child populations.

RISE aims to improve on current systems of response by designing human-centered models, creating mobile and cloud-based tech solutions, and deploying sophisticated pop-up field operations in infrastructure-poor settings. We leverage the power of technology to evaluate, track, and to facilitate better response to the urgent needs of children in humanitarian crises.  

our mission is to positively impact the lives of unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children by establishing systems of care formed using the highest international standards, that leverage the potential of technology, community, and the power of resilience to transform the landscape of international child protection.

We're building a tech economy that works for everyone.

Silicon Valley Rising

Low wage workers do their part to make Silicon Valley the most prosperous region in the world, yet they struggle every day to feed their families, pay their rent, and take care of themselves and their children when they are sick.

Although the region's top tech firms made a record $103 billion in profits in 2013, one in three Silicon Valley households do not make enough money to meet their most basic needs.

While their direct employees are often well compensated, high tech companies contract out most of their jobs to workers who are poorly paid and don't receive basic benefits. In the past two decades, the number of Silicon Valley jobs in subcontracted industries has grown three times as fast as overall Silicon Valley employment.

And in a stark diversity gap, blacks and Latinos make up the majority of these janitors, food service workers, maintenance workers, security guards, and shuttle bus drivers who help build and sustain the tech economy — yet comprise just 10% of the core tech workforce.

Protecting immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence.

Tahirih Justice Center

Tahirih Justice Center is a national non-profit that has served nearly 19,000 courageous individuals fleeing violence since 1997. Our efficient, effective, and innovative model of service is now delivered from three locations, and we’re committed to serving as many immigrant women and girls as possible.

The Taproot Foundation connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro bono.

Taproot Foundation

Most organizations tackling social problems don’t have access to the marketing, design, technology, management or strategic planning resources they need to succeed. Taproot connects these organizations to skilled volunteers through pro bono service. From one-on-one consultations to team-based long-term projects, we offer in-person and virtual engagements.

We design and implement pro bono programs that help forward-thinking corporations leverage employee skills and talents, going beyond traditional employee engagement to the leadership development and team-building that support recruitment and retention, community commitment, and innovation. 

We mobilize the growing global pro bono movement by convening meetings of pro bono leaders and sharing research and best practices that inspire others to action. From our offices in New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., we support pro bono across the country, as well as a network of pro bono providers across the globe.


We work in solidarity with existing movements towards social justice, workers rights, and economic inclusion.

Tech Workers Coalition

We are a coalition of workers in and around the tech industry, labor organizers, community organizers, and friends. We are organizing for activism, civic engagement and education in the Bay Area. We work in solidarity with existing movements towards social justice, workers rights, and economic inclusion.

How We Work

You are welcome to check us out at our monthly organization meeting in San Francisco.

We communicate and organize every day on Slack. Contact us to join the Slack channel.

Interested in organizing a group of like-minded coworkers, or want your coworker group to get connected with others? We hold a weekly office hours call where you can connect with other workers in tech who are interested in social justice and can share organizing experiences.

UNITE HERE represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, and airport industries.

Unite Here

UNITE HERE is a labor union that represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, and airport industries—including cafeteria workers on tech campuses.

We’re a team of lead organizers from California Women’s Marches with a shared vision to make democracy more engaging, accessible and representative.

We Persist

Our team

We’re a team of lead organizers from California Women’s Marches with a shared vision to make democracy more engaging, accessible and representative.

What We Do

We help make democracy more engaging, accessible and representative to enable everyone to show up for our country.

How We Do It

By accelerating civic and community entrepreneurship through:

  • Education and resources: We create curriculum, offer interactive education opportunities, and build tools to enable people to become civic and community entrepreneurs
  • Cross-sector collaboration and partnerships: We act as a catalyst to bring together communities, nonprofits, government, foundations, activists and thought leaders from different sectors to develop innovative solutions for progressive change. 


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King Plaza

Address: 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-2531

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