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In 2015, TechTown launched a movement – the Diversity Pledge – to bring together Portland companies to collectively advance workplace diversity and inclusion in order to grow the industry while broadening prosperity.

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Tech in Portland

TechTown is a collaboration between the Portland technology community and Prosper Portland, Technology Association of Oregon, and the Columbia Willamette Workforce Collaborative. It is a showcase of Portland’s emerging tech hub, a collective commitment to cultivate a more diverse workforce, and a supportive community to help people from all backgrounds build their tech careers across the region.


Tech workers in Portland region


Employment growth since 2012


of tech workers in the region identify as female

The Pledge


Portland tech companies have joined the Diversity & Inclusion Pledge since its initial launch in 2015.


are employed by TechTown companies


believe their company supports employees from underrepresented groups


employees identify as female and 19% identify as a Person of Color


Pledge company employees completed our AllyShift training in 2018

The Diversity Pledge Community

Each of the companies in the Diversity Pledge have committed to cultivate cultures of inclusion and create a plan for increasing diversity in their organizations.

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Case Study


A desire for cultural change, inclusivity, and a deep understanding of white male privilege created the necessary steam to get this program off the ground. As an ELI program partner, Thesis (formerly eROI) demonstrates their commitment to investing in leadership development within underrepresented groups and demonstrates how to face the tough realities of homogeneity, institutionalized bias, and white male privilege and address these issues with common-sense solutions that have a great impact.

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Many if not all AWS Elementals yearn for a more equitable and inclusive company (and society!), so I think they are pleased with our efforts here. That said, we are wholly aware that there is much work left to be done to truly move the needle.

Sam Blackman, founder and CEO of AWS Elemental

Inaugural results of the TechTown Diversity Pledge show that our collective diversity efforts have only just begun. Zapproved and fellow pledge companies will have to put in consistent efforts to find meaningful results. Embracing diversity as a corporate value, engaging in open and honest conversations, and keeping diversity/inclusion top-of-mind will be essential.

Ilana Davis, HR Manager at Zapproved

I can’t imagine baseball without Jackie Robinson, or tennis without the Williams sisters, but if we can’t make tech companies diverse, we risk cutting that greatness out of our industry. Releasing the data is critical to publish that we care, and to hold ourselves accountable for making true progress, and hopefully to spur other organizations to change.

Luke Kanies, founder of Puppet

Having the first female win the 2017 Tech Executive of the Year after 33 years of programming had our whole team glowing – we loved seeing more women on stage and see it as a small, but strong step in the right direction in the years ahead.

Theresa Jelderks, Senior Director of Operations at Technology Association of Oregon

Along with being proactive about bringing in diverse people, (we) also need to make sure the environment is comfortable for all and treat all as equals.

Portland Tech Employee, 2016 Survey Report

We at Puppet think a diverse workforce is critical, to build the best products, to ensure that everyone has great opportunity, and to make sure that we’re recruiting from the entire market, not just a thin slice of the population. 

Luke Kanies, founder of Puppet