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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Das Williams, Assembly Panel Call For Tech Diversity Data


SACRAMENTO — The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy (JEDE) is announcing a Request for Information (RFI) period from June 1 through August 15, 2016, on the issue of diversity within the workforce and business ownership structure of high technology-based industries in California.

Information submitted pursuant to this RFI is NOT confidential and is subject to public review.
The scope of the request for information includes:

The composition of the workforce, including race, ethnicity, age, and gender.
Workforce requirements for entry level positions, including educational and skill-level requirements.
Workforce development programs established by firms to address the lack of diversity within the workforce, including numbers of participants, outreach, and outcomes.
The composition among start-ups and small business vendors within the technology supply chain.
The composition of executive management and corporate boards in high technology firms, including race, ethnicity, age, and gender of management and board membership.

Assemblymember Das Williams, Chair of the Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, said:
“As representatives of California, we have an interest to see what avenues are explored and unexplored in ensuring that the pipeline into tech jobs is accessible to all Californians.”

The Committee has previously held hearings and published reports on the California economy, sponsored a study tour of the Silicon Valley in September 2015, and developed the “Latinos in Technology” panel at the 2016 Policy Conference of the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation.

While Latinos comprise the largest population group in California, we remain significantly underrepresented in technology fields from workforce, to boardrooms, to start-up firms,” said Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, Chair of JEDE. “Decades of underinvestment in education and career development have resulted in a digital divide that threatens the long-term economic growth of the state.”

This request is supported by the California Legislative Latino Caucus, the California Legislative Black Caucus, California Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

Workforce diversity is one of the core issues for each of these Caucuses. The RFI will provide foundational information for the Caucuses to continue this work.

Interested parties may submit information to the JEDE Committee between June 1 and August 15, 2016.

The API Legislative Caucus was established in 2001 with the mission of representing and advocating for the interests of the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities throughout California. Additionally, the Caucus seeks to increase Asian Pacific Islander participation and representation in all levels of government.
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