Shireen Mitchell is an Internet pioneer and serial founder who was born and raised in the projects of New York City, playing video games before they could be played on televisions and designing BBS boards and gopher sites prior to the Web going world wide. She has advocated on behalf of women and girls within the tech industry since 1997.
Shireen is the former Director of Web and Interactive for the Women's Media Center. Prior to that, Shireen founded the first woman of color web management firm in the Washington DC area, where she managed PoliticallyBlack.com, a site that was sold to Netivation (NTVN) media company. It was one of the many web transactions in the late 90's. The company later went public and NTVN's Votenet division was sold to Politico.com.
Shireen founded Digital Sisters Inc., the first organization that focused on the issues of digital media and technology as it pertained to women and girls of color. She is the Social Media Advisor for the Center for Partnership Studies. She is on the board of Workplace Fairness, where she continues to support the organization in addressing issues that are important to women by providing resources for non-discriminatory work environments.
She was the founding chair of the Media and Technology Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO), which was created to address the issues of women's participation in technology and media. She is currently the President of the organization.
Shireen has appeared on media shows, including WETA, KPFA, NPR, Kojo Nnamdi Show, Women's Radio, WMC Live with Robin Morgan, and International television.
As an author, she has written “Gaining Daily Access to Science and Technology” in the book 50 Ways to Improve Women's Lives, "Access to Technology: Race, Gender, Class Bias" in the publication The Scholar and Feminist Online & the article "What Does Technology Have to Do with Women's Rights." Shireen writes about tech, media, politics, and their intersection with diversity in blogs and articles. She has been quoted in books such as Share This!, All A Twitter, and Beyond the Echo Chamber.
Shireen has been named one of Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology, DC Tech Titan, DC's Top Ten most influential in Social Media, The Root 100: African-American Leaders of Excellence and GovFresh's 100+ Women in Government & Tech. She has been honored with the Social Citizen: Apps for Democracy DC, Community Technology Leader, Rising Star: Woman of Color in Technology, and Heroine in Tech awards.
Shireen was born and raised in the projects of New York City. She currently resides with her family in the Washington DC area, a city engrossed in government 2.0 politics.
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