TechBridge, a National Non-Profit Helping Non-Profits Navigate Tech, is Led by a Black Woman, Nicole Armstrong
This week on The Local Take, I’m speaking with Nicole Armstrong, the first Black woman CEO of TechBridge. TechBridge is a national nonprofit organization that equips other nonprofits on the frontline of alleviating the causes of generational poverty with technology. TechBridge supports these nonprofits in expanding the impact of their mission for the millions of men, women, and children who are seeking support in the areas of hunger relief, homeless support, social justice, and workforce development.
I ask Armstrong to tell us about TechBridge. She speaks to it being a national non-profit with a unique mission to use technology to power the non-profits that work to alleviate generational poverty. They were founded 22 years ago when social media didn’t exist. They helped non-profits access technology for the constituents that they served.
The digital divide continues to exist, and many people thought technology would help to even or at least level the playing field. Unfortunately, bias is built directly into technological innovations. I ask Armstrong if it is possible for tech to solve these intractable challenges. She agrees that the way to take bias out of technology is for more people of color to be part of the industry.
Armstrong trained as a computer science engineer and spend her entire career working in technology. She thinks it was serendipitous that an anonymous vote placed her into the CEO position six months before the George Floyd murder changed the world. She advises any non-profits in our community to reach out to TechBridge, and anyone interested in volunteering can go to their Take Action page.