Kimberly Bryant, the founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE (BGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to "changing the face of technology." BGC introduces girls of color (ages 7–17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.
Kimberly enjoyed over 25 years professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an engineering manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies like Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer.
Since 2011, Black Girls CODE has grown from a local organization—serving only the Bay Area—to an international organization with seven chapters across the United States and Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has over 3000 students and continues to grow.
In 2014, Kimberly received an American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian and the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico.
In 2013, she was selected by "Business Insider" as one of "The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology" and named to "The Root 100" and the "Ebony Power" 100 lists. Also in 2013, Kimberly was invited to the White House as a champion of change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color.
In 2012, Kimberly received the Jefferson Award for community service.
Kimberly serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance.