What The Government Can Teach Startups About Hiring For Diversity

Sherika Ekpo isn’t phased by the challenges tech faces with diversity and inclusion. These issues are not unique for someone whose everyday includes 238 years of our country’s history.

Ekpo is the diversity director at the United States Digital Service (USDS), a government team tasked with integrating tech into the notoriously stodgy and formal U.S. government. Nicknamed the “government startup”, they told Crunchbase News that 60 percent of its leadership team identifies as female, and roughly 25 percent of their leadership team is a minority. Approximately 27 percent of its staff, which is comprised of around 170 employees, is a minority.

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