PORTLAND TECH DIVERSITY PLEDGE

Portland’s technology community has much to celebrate; however, when it comes to having an inclusive and diverse industry we must improve. Diversifying our workforce to include all from our community is the right thing to do, and the data shows it benefits us in terms of innovation, team functioning, and bottom line results.

The undersigned believe it is necessary to do more than just talk about the need for a more diverse tech sector. We believe collective action and accountability are required to address the underrepresentation of women and people of color in our industry. Given our industry’s history of tackling profound challenges, we believe we must tackle this challenge, too. Therefore, each of us has agreed to cultivate cultures of inclusion and create a plan for increasing diversity in our organizations. The actions being taken by pledging companies are:

  1. Partner with groups in Portland that can assist with hiring and career advancement for underrepresented communities;
  2. Create and implement strategies to increase hiring of women and people of color, from intern programs to full-time positions at all levels within our organizations;
  3. Educate staff on unconscious workplace biases and implement specific actions designed to alleviate them;
  4. Provide internal development and progression programs, and ensure underrepresented employees can access these programs; and
  5. Share our collective data on the demographic representation within our offices in the Portland metro area of gender and race.

We will create community benchmarks and release our progress in an annual report. Our baseline information is available at TechtownPortland.com/diversity. To achieve these actions we are partnering with the Portland Development Commission, the City of Portland, and Worksystems, Inc. Through this partnership, we will develop tools to foster an increasingly diverse and inclusive workforce. The coalition of companies listed below is just a start, and we invite you to join us. To join click the "Take the Pledge” button on our site.

If we are successful, our efforts will create a needed pool of talent for our industry and establish Portland as a place where everyone can have a fruitful career in technology. We have a long road ahead, but we are proud to be united to foster a more equitable and prosperous Portland.

Respectfully,

Mat Ellis
Founder & CEO
Cloudability
Gino Zahnd
Co-Founder & CEO
Cozy
Sam Blackman
CEO & Co-Founder
Elemental Technologies
Justin Yuen
President
FMYI

Vince LaVecchia
Founder & COO
Instrument
Matt Jones
Head of Future Infotainment
- Senior Technical Specialist
Jaguar Land Rover
Eric Winquist
CEO & Co-Founder
Jama Software

James McDermott
Founder & CEO
Lytics

Joaquin Lippincott
President & Founder
Metal Toad
Luke Kanies
CEO/Founder
Puppet Labs
Josh Reich
CEO
Simple
Marcelino Alvarez
Founder & CEO
Uncorked Studios
Monica Enand
Founder & CEO
Zapproved
Patrick Quinton
Executive Director
Portland Development Commission
Skip Newberry
President
Technology Association of Oregon
John Gardner
Director of Business Services
Worksystems
   

THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALSO TAKING THE PLEDGE:
Mitchell Robertson, VP, Business Partnerships & Development, Code Fellows
Michael Kaiser-Nyman, President, Epicodus
Nitin Rai, President, The Indus Experiment

THESE COMPANIES ARE ALSO TAKING THE PLEDGE:
Ryan Buchanan, CEO, eROI
Armon Moore, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, ImpactFlow
Jessica Mah, Co-Founder & CEO, inDinero
Steve McElfresh, VP of People Operations, New Relic
Don Spear, President & CEO, OpenSesame
Robby Russell, Managing Partner, Planet Argon
Jonathan Evans, CEO & Founder, Skyward
Lev Tsypin, President & CEO, ThinkShout
Ryan Carson, CEO, Treehouse

 


THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES/ORGANIZATIONS FOR TAKING THE PORTLAND TECH DIVERSITY PLEDGE.
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