TONIGHT, JOIN US FOR SCALING SOCIAL IMPACT
Tonight at 5pm, sf.citi will talk to three incredible leaders about racial equity, social impact, remote work, and everything in between at Scaling Social Impact in a Remote World.
Many in the tech community are looking for examples to better the industry—make it more inclusive, equitable, and actively anti-racist. Tonight at Scaling Social Impact, you will find those examples in Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, Dalana Brand, Vice President of People Experience and Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Twitter, and Julie Wenah, Community Counsel and Acting Regional Counsel for Africa at Airbnb. Come learn about their work and leadership on racial equity in a series of fireside chats moderated by Lisa Countryman-Quiroz, CEO of JVS, Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services, and sf.citi’s very own Jennifer Stojkovic.
Tonight’s conversation will focus on how tech leaders can rethink their social impact strategies to prioritize racial equity and engage employees across an increasingly remote workforce. Capacity is limited on Zoom, so please make sure to register and “arrive” on time.
CHANGE CAN’T WAIT: COMBAT RACISM NOW
In our latest blog, sf.citi outlines three actions San Francisco tech workers can take to combat racism and promote racial equity in and outside of their companies.
Over the past eight years, we at sf.citi have witnessed the San Francisco tech community unite around a number of social causes, including the protection of immigrants, climate change, and most recently, COVID-19 relief. Now, it’s time for the tech industry to step up its efforts against racism, starting with you, the tech workers.
In our latest blog, we explore the power of employee resource groups, or ERG, which first emerged after the 1964 Race Riots in Rochester, New York and today function as a grassroots lever of corporate reform. We encourage you to support your company’s Black ERG(s) and share resources for starting one. We also offer two other ways you can personally help diversify tech’s talent pool and hold local leadership accountable. Find out what they are in our blog below!
D5 SUPERVISOR DEAN PRESTON TALKS HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS
sf.citi continued our 2020 virtual Lunch and Learn series with District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston. We were joined by sf.citi members Airbnb, AT&T, Comcast, Cruise, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Postmates, Waymo, Zoox, and more.
Supervisor Preston was elected to represent District 5 in the November 2019 election. He is also the first elected Democratic Socialist to serve on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in almost 40 years. Since taking office, Supervisor Preston has been focused on housing and homelessness. He recently authored legislation—passed by the Board of Supervisors—that permanently bans eviction for COVID-19-related rent debt.
Supervisor Preston also noted that San Francisco’s homelessness crisis has come to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an emergency ordinance to make 8,000 hotel rooms available for San Francisco’s homeless population during the pandemic. In his own district, Supervisor Preston explained how the City rented out most of the Oasis Inn for homeless individuals, and the hotel owner is happy with the arrangement. The challenge, said Supervisor Preston, is figuring out which of these temporary solutions for homelessness make sense long term.
DID YOU KNOW?
Laurie Thomas of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) talked to sf.citi about how tech companies and their employees can support local restaurants during the pandemic. You can watch (or rewatch) the discussion to learn more about the effect of COVID-19 on San Francisco restaurants. It was also covered by KCBS—take a listen here.