Location: San Francisco, Washington DC
Jotaka L. Eaddy is a tech executive and seasoned strategist with more than 20 years of experience in policy and movement building. Recently described as the “Olivia Pope of Silicon Valley” by Forbes Magazine, Jotaka is a leading voice in social impact tech and pivotal force in connecting Silicon Valley and Washington DC.
Eaddy has led major initiatives aimed at bridging the gap between Washington DC and Silicon Valley, including fostering major partnerships between Silicon Valley based companies and the government/ nonprofit sector at the federal, state, and local level. These partnerships have resulted in education and social impact initiatives that have reached more than 2 million consumers served by the tech industry.
Committed to social impact and social justice; Jotaka serves as a board advisor to several tech start-up companies including Maker’s Row, Inc.; Gauge, Inc., Tech Dojo, and Hustle, Inc. From 2009-2014, Eaddy served as Senior Advisor to the President and CEO and Senior Director for Voting Rights for the NAACP. Within that capacity she directed external affairs and strategic initiatives on behalf of the Office of the President and CEO and led the NAACP’s strategy to defend and expand voting rights.
In 2004, she directed the national lobby and international advocacy campaign against the juvenile death penalty in the United States. Those efforts contributed to the 2005 landmark US Supreme Court decision Roper v. Simmons which abolished the juvenile death penalty in the United States.
Eaddy is the receipt of several honors and awards including: SF Bay Area Most Influential Women in Business, 40 under 40 Silicon Valley Tech Diversity, Rainbow Push Outstanding Public Service Award, Root 100 Most influential African Americans, Essence Magazine Woman to Watch, My Carolina Association Outstanding Black Alumni, Midwest Academy Heather Award, Empower Magazine Political Rising Star, University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Young Alumni, among others.
Jotaka’s work has been highlighted in several publications including: Forbes Magazine, TechCrunch, Inc., Wall Street Journal, Essence Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Root 100 Most Influential African Americans, Politics365.com, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera America, Aspire Network, Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, BET, The Nation Magazine, Democracy Now, the Art of Activism, Black America Web.com, the American Prospect, among others.