Ellen Pao joins Kapor Capital to help drive diversity, inclusion in tech
January 12, 2017
Ellen Pao, formerly a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and interim CEO of Reddit, has joined Kapor Capital as a venture partner and chief diversity & inclusion officer. The job title is an appropriate one for Pao, who made headlines in 2012 for a gender-discrimination lawsuit she filed against KPCB alleging she was unfairly passed up for a promotion, among other claims.
Kapor Capital, the VC arm of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, is known for supporting startups aiming to make a social impact or entrepreneurs who come from underrepresented groups. In her new role, Pao will focus on helping the firm’s portfolio companies drive diversity and formulate strategies for hiring women and minorities.
Although a jury found in favor of KPCB on all counts of Pao’s lawsuit, the case's highly publicized 2015 trial illuminated the lack of female leadership in the tech community. According to PitchBook data, females currently hold just 15.3% of leadership roles at VC firms in the US and a mere 14.5% of positions at venture-backed tech companies.