The founder of Black Girls Code, Kimberly Bryant, dismissed as head of the association

  • Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant has been removed from the association’s leadership.
  • In a statement, the nonprofit’s board of directors said it was investigating allegations of “irregularity in the workplace,” but Bryant remains on staff.
  • Black Girls Code teaches girls technical skills and has partnered with Google, Facebook and Nike.

Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, was removed from her post as head of the association by its board of directors.

“Press Release: So it’s 3 days before Christmas and you wake up to find that the organization YOU created and built from scratch has been swept away by a rogue council without notification,” Bryant tweeted.

In an emailed statement to Insider, the Black Girls Code board said Bryant remained on staff at the company while “serious allegations of wrongdoing in the workplace were brought to light. ‘investigation”. He said he appointed an interim executive director to manage the association.

Bryant did not respond to a request for comment from Insider. She had tweeted earlier that she was preparing an official statement.

Bryant, an engineer who previously worked in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, founded Black Girls Code in 2011. The association runs workshops, summer camps, and other programs for girls to learn technology skills in businesses. fields such as web design, application development and robotics. In 2016, Insider named Bryant as one of the most powerful female engineers of that year.

Based in Oakland, Calif., The association has chapters in 16 cities and its programming has reached over 30,000 participants.

Black Girls Code has amassed the support of companies such as Google, Facebook, IBM, and Nike. Its board of directors, including the association first announced in 2018, includes prominent black leaders in technology and entrepreneurship.

Its directors include Stacy Brown-Philpot, former CEO of TaskRabbit and member of the investment committee of the SoftBank Oppportunity Fund; Sherman Whites, director of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurship; and Heather Hiles, founder of electronics technology company Pathbrite and managing director of venture capital firm Black Ops VC.

Bryant’s tweets sparked a wave of support and sympathy from many in the tech community who expressed shock at the news of his stepping down from the leadership of the nonprofit.

“It’s an unfathomable mess managed in the most humanly unfair way possible for a woman who played an important role in building this movement,” wrote Karla Monterroso, the former CEO of Code2040, a nonprofit focused on racial equity in the tech industry.

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