Mutale Nkonde is the founding CEO of AI For the People (AFP) a non profit communications agency.
AFP’s mission is to eliminate the under-representation of black professionals in the American technology sector by 2030. We do this in three ways:
- Identifying, recruiting and developing technologists from traditionally under represented groups.
- Commissioning research on how technical systems impact Black people
- We then collaborate with journalists, television producers, film makers and artists to develop content designed to change tech neutrality narratives, and empower communities to advocate for the development of anti-racist policies to govern the design and deployment of AI systems.
Prior to this Nkonde worked in AI Governance. During that time she was part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic and Deep Fakes Algorithmic Acts, as well as the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act to the US House of Representatives.
She started her career as a broadcast journalist and produced documentaries for the BBC, CNN & ABC. She now also writes widely on race and tech, as well speaking at conferences across the world and currently a fellowships at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center of Internet and Society at Harvard.