Kristen Titus, Tech Talent Pipeline
by Chase Collum
Sep 23, 2014 | 10258 views | 0 0 comments | 196 196 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an industry dominated by nerdy guys, Kristen Titus is turning the tide and leading the way in a city-wide effort to promote technology growth.

The city's Department of Small Business Services announced Titus as the founding director of the Tech-Talent Pipeline, an initiative that is set to lead the de Blasio administration's $10 million commitment to support tech growth.

Titus is the former executive director of Girls Who Code, a national organization that aims to close the gender gap in the tech industry. She has worked as a consultant for startups, nonprofits, foundations and corporate sponsors. 
During the first 18 months of its existence, under Titus' leadership, her organization delivered 700 percent program growth, as well as open several lines of corporate funding and wide media coverage.

Now, the SBS believes she is the best person to do the same for technology jobs in the city.

“The Tech Talent Pipeline is an innovative public-private partnership designed to strengthen the city's tech sector and transform our communities, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be leading the charge as founding director,” Titus said. “Industry leaders are hungry for talent and excited by the opportunity to work together to prepare New Yorkers for 21st Century jobs.”

Titus has been featured on TIME Magazine's “30 People Under 30 Changing the World” list and labeled one of Business Insider's “Most Influential Young People in Tech” in 2014. Forbes called her a “Woman Changing the World” in 2012, a slightly more definitive title than she received from Elle, who named her on their list of “11 Women Who Just Might Change the World.”

Now, the city looks to Titus to lead the technology push in the city, where tech growth is becoming a major focus. Already in New York City, the tech sector accounts for nearly 291,000 jobs and $30 billion in wages annually.

“I look forward to seeing the careers, entrepreneurs and innovations that are born out of this work—in all five boroughs,” Titus said.

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