Kristen Titus is the Executive Director of the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, leading its work in communities across the country. She is the former Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of New York and the founding Executive Director of Girls Who Code and the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline. As New York's first CTIO, Kristen led the State's digital and tech policy portfolios, where she oversaw historic investments in technology education, workforce, and economic development. In NYC, Kristen launched the Mayor’s Tech Talent Pipeline, a $10 million initiative mobilizing 150 executives in support of first-of-its-kind policy and programming, including a new tech training and education portfolio, investments to realign the city’s top colleges, and the launch of Computer Science for All. Her work has served as model for President Obama’s TechHire and CSforAll initiatives, now replicated in 70+ cities. Previously, Kristen was the founding Executive Director of Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering.
Recognizing her work in the field, Kristen was named one of TIME Magazine's "30 People Under 30 Changing the World," one of Business Insider’s 2014 “Most Influential Young People in Tech,” one of Forbes’ “Women Changing the World,” and Elle Magazine’s "11 Women Who Might Just Change the World." She was also one of Business Insider’s “Silicon Alley 100.” Kristen was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar in 2013.
Kristen is a former consultant to nonprofits, foundations, and corporate partners working at the intersection of philanthropy and technology, and the former Managing Director of Jumo.com, the social network for the social sector from Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes. She sits on the Board of CODE2040, is a member of the Women's Forum, the Guggenheim's Global Innovation Group and an Advisor at GlobalGiving and Crisis Text Line.