Susan Mernit is the co-founder and CEO of Hack the Hood, a Bay area non-profit that connects low-income young people of color and local small businesses through technology, in order to create opportunities for all the people who live in the Bay Area, and beyond, to take part in and lead the change that is happening around them.
Hack the Hood’s 168-hour intensive “Bootcamp” builds a powerful and effective roadway to mid- and high-skills jobs and advanced training for in-demand tech careers through a direct service and train the trainer model.
Susan is a former VP at America Online and Netscape, a founding advisor to Blogher, and a passionate collaborator and problem-solver.
Susan and her team’s work has been featured widely in the press.
Videos and articles include:
- Madeira, “Hack the Hood Opens Doors”
- Natalie: “In a world changing so rapidly the warmth is refreshing”
- Clinay: “People showed up who were meant to help me”
- Hoodline Hack the Hood Challenge Helps Teach Youth
- Communication Arts Magazine The Changing Face of Design
- Chronicle of Social Change Hack the Hood Provides Opportunities for Underrepresented Youth