Cedric Brown is the Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, overseeing programs and philanthropic partnerships. He has over 20 years of experience as an educator and funder, steering over $60 million in grants to community efforts. In his current role, he works to devise and implement strategies to ensure that Oakland builds the most diverse tech community in the nation while retaining its energetic pluralism and character. His recent projects include creating or advising Live WorkOakland’s tech ecosystem database, Brothers Code, #YesWeCode, 2.Oakland, and Vator Splash Oakland.
This year he has been honored as a Champion of Change by Startup Weekend Oakland, a Champion for Youth by East Oakland Youth Development Center, and was profiled in TheRoot.com for his leadership participation in President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative. Building on his professional experiences, this past May he personally launched the Springboard Award, a small prize to support the personal development aspirations of African American young men in Oakland, CA and his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC.
Among other past work, Cedric has served in the selection processes for the Echoing Green Fellows, the Purpose Prize, Switzer Environmental Fellowships. He was recently appointed to the Awards Committee of the San Francisco Foundation, which selects and recommends annual recipients of the Community Leadership Awards.
Cedric has degrees from the University of North Carolina and Stanford University. He lives in Oakland, California.