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Bozoma Saint John joins the fight against the gender gap in tech with a seat on Girls Who Code’s Board of Directors

Uber announces multi-year partnership and commitment to Girls Who Code’s National Expansion

Thursday, August 24, 2017 (New York, NY) — Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, today announced Bozoma Saint John will join the organization’s Board of Directors. Saint John is the Chief Brand Officer at Uber.

Uber is also pledging $1.2 million over three years, as part of a new, multiyear partnership with Girls Who Code to expand Clubs programs, which provide free after-school computer science activities hosted in schools, universities and community centers. This pledge will help Girls Who Code reach an additional 60,000 girls over three years. Boz will help ensure the success of these programs through her new role on the GWC board.

Over the course of her career, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing marketing and advertising executive. Before Uber, Boz was Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. Before Apple, Boz was head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America and served as VP of Marketing for Ashley Stewart, a women’s fashion brand.

“Now more than ever it’s important to see strong female leadership in the tech industry,” Reshma Saujani, CEO & Founder of Girls Who Code, said. “Bozoma exemplifies this, and we’re thrilled to have her on our board. Her creativity and innovative spirit will be vital to helping Girls Who Code change the image of what a coder looks like and introduce coding to all girls.”  

“I’m excited and honored to join Girls Who Code as a board member. Representation is incredibly important in the tech industry and the progress Girls Who Code has made in growing the next wave of female coders is beyond inspiring. I can’t wait to contribute,” Saint John said.

Boz was born in Middletown, CT, but spent her early childhood in Nairobi Kenya, Washington DC, and Accra Ghana, before immigrating to Colorado Springs CO when she was 12 years old.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in English and African American Studies from Wesleyan University (at which she currently sits on the President’s Advisory Council).

Saint John will join Girls Who Code’s existing Board of Directors, which includes:

  • Alexis Maybank, Founder & CEO of Project September; Founder of Gilt Groupe
  • Marissa Shorenstein, SVP East Region, AT&T
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO at Girls Who Code
  • Evan Korth, Professor of Computer Science at NYU & Founder of HackNY
  • Jamie Miller, SVP, President, and CEO at GE Transportation
  • Trina DasGupta, CEO at Single Palm Tree Productions
  • Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo
  • Kara Sprague, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture
  • Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist and The Craig Newmark Foundation