In May 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced the launch of a tech talent pipeline to support the growth of the tech sector and train New Yorkers to be tech companies' premier hiring choice. Building on existing relationship with CUNY and the Department of Education, and the Department of Small Business Services, the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline will combine city, state, federal, and private funding to reach a budget of approximately $10 million, distributed across three years, to recruit and train New Yorkers; design new curricula to meet employer need; and engage employers in building the talent pipeline. This collaboration is supported by several philanthropic partners, including JP Morgan Chase, the inaugural funder, and the NY Community Trust and the New York City Workforce Funders.
Technology is among the fastest growing and highest paying sectors in New York City today, representing 291,000 jobs and $30 billion in wages annually. The Tech Talent Pipeline is part of the administration's broader Jobs for New Yorkers initiative that will help shift the City's workforce development to focus on employment for New Yorkers in skill-building, higher-wage jobs that offer opportunities for advancement.
The NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is led by founding Director, Kristen Titus. Kristen is the former Executive Director of Girls Who Code, a national organization working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering. Previously Kristen served as a consultant to startups, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and corporate partners working at the intersection of philanthropy and technology, and was the former Managing Director of Jumo.com, the social network for the social sector from Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes.
To learn more, visit http://techtalentpipeline.nyc