Nicole Sanchez, CEO and Founder of Vaya
Nicole has spent over two decades working on building inclusive organizational cultures. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Stanford, Nicole helped build one of the country’s first AmeriCorps programs. There, she was able to work on the practical application of diversity, leading teams of people from all over the world in service to communities.
Nicole’s first job working on diversity in tech was in 1999, where she saw first-hand the obstacles that prevent talented people from accessing opportunities in this sector. From there, Nicole moved on to work on diversity and inclusion in higher education, government, and eventually back in tech.
She earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she now serves as a lecturer teaching “Diversity in the Workplace.” Nicole has also served as Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact along with VP of Social Impact at GitHub.
In addition, Nicole is a mom to two teenagers and lives with her family in the San Francisco East Bay, where she was born and raised.