Ann Mei Chang is the author of Lean Impact, a book that transfers the best practices for innovation from time as a Silicon Valley tech executive to social good. She was most recently the chief innovation officer for Pete for America, leading tech, data and analytics to build a fully 21st century presidential campaign for Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg.
“I studied computer science in college and then worked in Silicon Valley for over twenty years, at big companies like Google, Apple, and Intuit, as well as a number of start-ups,” she told Philanthropy News Digest. “But I had known since my mid-twenties that I wanted to spend the first half of my career in tech, and the second half doing something more meaningful, something to make the world a better place. I hoped I would be able to make that change, and I was committed to it, although I didn’t know exactly when or how.
“But as I got closer to that point in my career, in my early forties, I began to look around at all the things I cared about, and decided to focus on global poverty, as it seemed to be at the root of so many other problems I cared about.”
Prior to her role at Pete for America, Ann served as the chief innovation officer and first executive director of the US Global Development Lab at USAID, the chief innovation officer at Mercy Corps and the senior advisor for women and technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the US State Department.Tags: Government and Politics, LGBTQ+, philanthropy, STEM, Women in Tech