Lili Gangas Director of Civic Innovation
Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center working to create new and more inclusive tech innovation ecosystems regionally & nationally. Her work is centered at the intersection of technology, economic justice, and action driven partnerships to tackle pressing social and economic inequities of underrepresented communities head-on. Her areas of focus and interest include tech advocacy themes such as closing the Digital Divide, Future of Work(ers), and Responsible Technology particularly as they relate to new models with cross sector partners. Lili believes that it is critical that we help prepare and upskill communities of color for the future, today. She was a New America CA fellow focused on Tech for Good, was recognized as SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Business and SF Business Times 40 Under 40, and is an MBA lecturer at Mills College. Lili was recently a featured Salesforce Dreamforce and TEDxOakland speaker.
Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team. She was also a founding member of the Innovation Services team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions at the federal level. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on software and hardware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Lili is a proud immigrant from Bolivia who believes in fostering inclusive tech ecosystems for all. She is an advisory board member to tech focused nonprofits such as AI-4-All.org, 1Degree.org, and Techqueria.org as well as Latinx serving organizations like The Unity Council. Lili is passionate about helping our Latinx communities thrive in tech innovation economy. She was the co-lead for Latinx in Tech Startup Weekend Series that scaled to 10 cities reaching 300+ community members and LTX Fest that last year reached 1300+ community members alongside amazing partners such as Latino Community Foundation, Latinas in Tech, Techqueria and more.