Tech By Choice

Diverse By Design

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About Us

We are a community aimed to increase diversity in the tech industry one technologist at a time.
We offer low to no-cost events, workshops, and classes to help support individuals in protected groups enter and stay in the tech industry.

Our Mission

The goal of Tech By Choice is to increase the diversity of the tech industry by offering low to no-cost tech skill-building events, workshops, and classes to anyone that identifies as a person of color, woman, LGTBQ+, differently abled, all religious backgrounds, with the only age requirement being 18+. We work to empower the underrepresented to flourish without discrimination and ensure that we are welcoming to all.

Our Vision

Increase the wealth with quality of life of protected groups by creating a space to learn the technical and nontechnical skills required for roles in the tech industry.

Our Team

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Valerie Sharp

Executive Director
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Vanessa Archambault

Chief Technology Officer

Renee Carignan

Chief Operations Officer

Tracie Howard Womack

Community Advocate Director

Our Values


Diversity is key to having a well rounded outlook on any problem you may face. The more diverse a team is, is the more life experiences and viewpoints you will be privy to.


We ask our members to come to us as they are, so we must remember to be open to meet them where they are.


In order to keep our space a safe space, we have to make sure all of our decisions are directly inline with our mission and overall vision for our members' safety.


Acquiring knowledge is important, but sharing knowledge is how we grow as a group.


To excel for our members, we must remember to put them first.

Become A Member


The Tech By Choice Slack is a place for you to chat and share resources, tips and tricks, and funny memes with other people across the nation.


Join us for a in=person classes, workshops, and other fun local events through one of our two Meetups, Los Angeles & Oakland.

Become A Local Leader

Join Tech By Choice and become a community leader today! We’re always accepting applications for teachers, classroom TAs, and volunteers.

Contribute to TBC

Join us and help us build the tech behind Tech By Choice!

We need help with:

  • Website development
  • Workshop/Class material development
  • Product Design and Strategy
  • Graphic Art for TBC swag and for our website

Learn more here

Tech By Choice

Diverse By Design

Have any questions or looking for way to help support our mission? Feel free to contact us any time through any of our social media accounts below, or via email.

Hope to hear from you soon!


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