Shireen Mitchell

Founder, Public Speaker, and Strategist in Washington, DC

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Shireen Mitchell is an award winning technological woman of color, founder, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, advocate, diversity analyst, and a political, digital & social strategist.

She is a native New Yorker playing video games, designing BBS boards and gopher sites prior to the Web going world wide.

Shireen is a serial founder. Digital Sisters/Sistas Inc. is the first organization to focus on women and girls of color in tech and online access. She created the first women of color web management firm (MHG). She founded Stop Online Violence Against Women a project to address online threats for women who face both gender based and racially charged threats of violence. She is co-founder of Nonprofit 2.0 and Feminism 2.0 conferences.

In some of her more interesting roles she was the manager for a site that was sold to Netivation and ended at She created the game TechnoDemic, a multimedia based competition to help youth learn technology and programming terms.

Shireen has helped to organize various tech events around the country and/or on planning committees including the Digital Community, Techno Rodeo, She's Geeky DC, Geeky Girls Night Out, Computers, Freedom and Privacy, Gov20 Expo, and others.

As an author she's written “Gaining Daily Access to Science and Technology” in the book “50 Ways to Improve Women’s Lives”, “Access to Technology: Race, Gender, and Class Bias,” in The Scholar and Feminist Online and “What does Tech have to do with Women's Rights?”

Media appearances includes AJAM, WETA, KPFA, WORT, NPR, Tavis Smiley Show, EWTN, NBC4, RT, Kojo Nnamdi Show & Grit TV.

Shireen has been named one of Fast Company's The Most Influential Women in Technology, Washingtonian’s Top 100 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's been awarded the Social Citizen: Apps for Democracy DC, Rising Star: Woman of Color in Technology, and Heroine in Tech.

Shireen has served as a nonprofit board member for over a decade. She is currently on the boards of Workplace Fairness, Center for Partnership Studies and Chair of National Council of Women's Organizations.

Shireen currently resides with her family in the Washington DC metro area, a city engrossed in Government 2.0 politics and a founding member of the DC Tech community.