Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit 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.
Ms. Bryant has enjoyed a successful 25+ year 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, she has enabled Black Girls CODE to grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with seven chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 3000 students and continues to grow and thrive.
In 2012 Ms. Bryant received the Jefferson Award for Community Service. In 2013 she was selected by Business Insider as one of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology,” and was also named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists. Also in 2013, Ms. Bryant 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. In 2014 she received an American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian, along with earning the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico. Ms. Bryant currently serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance.