Tiffany Apczynski, TechHire champion for San Francisco
White House Summit on "Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow"
The Office of Economic & Workforce Development's TechSF program nominated Tiffany Apczynski at Zendesk for being a TechHire champion for the White House Summit on “Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow.”
Tiffany has been instrumental in building up the TechSF program and enhancing the impact that the initiative has on populations underrepresented in the technology industry. As Vice President of Public Policy and Social Impact at Zendesk, a medium-sized software firm located in the heart of San Francisco’s new industry cluster of tech companies including the likes of Twitter, Spotify and Uber, Tiffany has championed and piloted several TechSF workforce efforts including:
- Providing equipment and curriculum for underprivileged high school students to learn to code during the Summer
- Creating a customized training program for TechSF program participants attending City College of San Francisco to enhance their marketable skills with a stackable Zendesk Customer Service Platform training credential
- Being the first technology company in San Francisco to host a Registered Apprentice through the TechSF Learning Accelerator.
Tiffany also sits on the local Workforce Development Board and its Technology Workforce Committee, sponsoring and hosting multiple events to bring more underrepresented jobseekers and more committed employers into the TechSF program, and has worked with multiple community-based organizations to mentor and hire jobseekers from the public workforce system into tech careers at Zendesk.
Tiffany is committed to be a vocal champion and doer in helping underrepresented populations access the growing technology industry and harnessing the innovative spirit of her colleagues to develop new accelerated learning programs and other opportunities to realize more diversity in the technology workforce in San Francisco and beyond. She is furthermore committed to help financially bridge the digital divide experienced by nonprofits and by communities in the Upper-Midwest United States. And Tiffany is committed to working with San Francisco’s public workforce system programs to hire people of color, youth, veterans, immigrants, LGBT and others, and setting the bar for how corporations can contribute to their local communities and develop the future workforce for the technology sector, for all, through the TechSF program.
About the White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow
This event will bring together over 100 talented technologists, innovators and community leaders to celebrate the success of TechHire to date, share best practices from some of our TechHire cities, and discuss the industry Tech Inclusion Pledge and recently published grid of best practices to achieve results. The group will also plan for the future of TechHire including the 2017 TechHire + TechUp roadshow.