HOW TO PROMOTE RACIAL EQUITY IN TECH
Tech and nonprofit leaders shared strategies for promoting racial equity within the tech industry at sf.citi’s latest event, Scaling Social Impact in a Remote World.
On June 25, some 300 people tuned in to hear how Dalana Brand, Vice President of People Experience and Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Twitter, Julie Wenah, Community Counsel and Acting Regional Counsel for Africa at Airbnb, and Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, have elevated racial equity and justice in their work. Broken into three fireside chats with moderators Sherilyn Adams of Larkin Street Youth Services, Lisa Countryman-Quiroz of JVS, and Jennifer Stojkovic of sf.citi, we heard plenty of great advice on bettering the tech industry.
Each of our speakers focused on different approaches to achieving greater racial equity in tech. Dalana Brand emphasized the importance of “collective effort” in building an inclusive workplace and culture at Twitter. Julie Wenah shared three steps people can take to ensure equity in the product and policy development process, providing examples from her experience at Airbnb. And Kimberly Bryant explained how diverse leadership is a prerequisite for diverse workforces—and how organizations like Black Girls CODE are training this new wave of tech leaders. Read about the key takeaways from Scaling Social Impact in 366 Technology and in our event recap below.
THE COVID-19 EFFECT ON SAN FRANCISCO’S HOUSING AND RENTAL MARKET
In our most recent policy piece, sf.citi examines the impact of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s housing and rental market.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, housing was something of a sore subject for San Francisco. San Francisco and the Bay Area at large have historically fallen short of their housing production goals and contributed to the region’s eye-popping housing and rental prices. And if the Great Recession of 2008 serves as any indication, housing development will likely slow down significantly during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. That in turn could mean an even greater housing shortage and affordability crisis for San Francisco—already labeled the most expensive city in North America.
Interestingly, San Francisco housing prices have rebounded to pre-COVID levels. In some cases, they’re actually rising. San Francisco rental prices, on the other hand, are dropping at record rates. Does that mean San Franciscans are fleeing the City? Learn more about the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on San Francisco housing below.
SF HOUSING DEEP DIVE WITH XIOMARA CISNEROS OF BAY AREA COUNCIL
On July 14, join sf.citi Executive Director, Jennifer Stojkovic, and Policy Director for the Bay Area Council, Xiomara Cisneros, for an in-depth discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on San Francisco’s housing rental market.
So you’ve read our piece about COVID-19 and housing, and now you have questions. Will rents in San Francisco continue to drop (and for how long)? Are we on the precipice of an eviction crisis? Does COVID-19 mark the start of a mass exodus out of San Francisco? And what could that mean for Bay Area housing? We’ll discuss all this and more with the Bay Area Council’s Policy Director, Xiomara Cisneros. Bringing policy experience at the local, regional, and state level, Cisneros has a wealth of knowledge and expertise on Bay Area housing. Make sure to register for our discussion on July 14 below!
sf.citi’s discussion with Xiomara Cisneros is one in a series of virtual events sf.citi is hosting to explore the effects of COVID-19. Several weeks ago, we chatted with the executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), Laurie Thomas, to learn about how COVID-19 has taken a toll on the City’s restaurant and food culture. You can watch (or rewatch) that conversation here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Every year, the San Francisco Chronicle presents SF Homeless Project, a week of coverage and potential solutions around homelessness in the Bay Area. COVID-19 has been challenging for all of us, but especially so for our region’s homeless population. The San Francisco Chronicle recently released an interactive guide of nonprofits serving our houseless neighbors—take a look here.
BUZZ | #MEMBERNEWS
- Microsoft makes Teams video meetings less tiring with its new Together mode (TechCrunch)
- Uber pays $2.65 billion for Postmates in all-stock deal (San Francisco Chronicle)
- These tech firms’ employees are the most likely to want to work remotely long-term (San Francisco Business Times)