Laura Weidman Powers

San Francisco, CA
June 2013–December 2014

Laura Weidman Powers is a 2013 Black Male Achievement Fellow. She is the co-founder and executive director of CODE2040, a nonprofit that creates access, awareness, and opportunities for minority engineering talent to ensure their leadership in the innovation economy.

Prior to CODE2040, she started two education organizations: a nonprofit arts education organization in West Philadelphia and a for-profit tutoring company with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Before founding CODE2040, Weidman Powers served as vice president of product at a consumer web startup based in Los Angeles, redesigning the product development process to be inclusive of engineers.

Weidman Powers’s work has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, BloombergWest, TechCrunch, and more. She is a recipient of the 2013 Stanford Social Innovation Fellowship and was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in 2013 by Goldman Sachs. Weidman Powers is a graduate of Harvard College, Stanford Law School, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.