Kimberly Bryant, BE’89, is the founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.
For more than 25 years, Bryant has enjoyed a successful professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an engineering manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck and Pfizer. Since 2011, Kimberly has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Bryant serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. She has received national recognition as a social innovator and for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the tech industry. Bryant was given the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. She was highlighted by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African Americans in Technology” and was named to The Root 100 and Ebony Power 100 lists. She was invited to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color. Additionally, Kimberly received an American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian along with being given the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico. She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW and many others.