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May 30, 2024 | Tom Ballard

GET Cities transitioning its work to three other organizations

Founded nearly five years ago, the initiative with close ties to Melinda French Gates is shutting down later this year.

An initiative with close ties to Melinda French Gates is shutting down and transitioning its work to others.

After nearly five years of operation, GET (Gender Equity in Tech) Cities, designed to accelerate the power and influence of historically excluded people and places in tech, is embarking on a new innovative chapter: transition to community. This intentional next step will foster resilience within communities and encourage strong relationships with other ecosystem innovators and funders.

Three longstanding partners have been selected to carry out the work of GET Cities after it sunsets this year: World Business Chicago, Radical Partners, and Last Mile Education Fund.

  • Last Mile Education Fund, a national nonprofit organization, addresses social mobility and tech diversity through investment in overlooked and under-resourced talent. “It is so important to fully understand students’ experiences at the intersection of gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and technology,” said Ruthe Farmer, Last Mile Education Fund Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “We’re excited to build upon GET Cities research foundation to further understanding of what it will take to achieve gender equity in tech.”
  • Radical Partners is a Miami-based social impact accelerator that invests in leaders, mobilizes locals, co-creates solutions, and builds coalitions to collectively strengthen communities. “We look forward to expanding this work and bringing gender equity at the core of all of our initiatives,” said Joan Godoy, CEO of Radical Partners. “Radical Partners has been there from the beginning of GET Cities in Miami. “Now, we can build upon our local impact and iterate the GET Champions interventions to connect more local talent – who are often unplugged from life-changing opportunities – to some of Miami’s largest and incoming tech employers.”
  • World Business Chicago is the leading force behind Chicagoland’s economic development, serving as the city’s premier public-private non-profit economic development agency. “We are honored to further the mission of GET Cities in Chicago,” stated Nicole McCarthy, Vice President of Innovation & Venture at World Business Chicago. “Enhancing access to Chicago’s tech talent pool, particularly for marginalized job seekers, aligns closely with our commitment to fostering inclusive economic development. With our strategic position and extensive network, we are poised to amplify and extend the impact of GET Cities throughout our city and region.”

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