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Meet Tiana Tukes, An Investor Looking To Increase Black Representation In VC As A Spelman College Educator

With her dual roles as an investor and educator, Tiana Tukes is stretching her influence to the next generation. Tukes is the co-founder of LGBT+ VC, a nonprofit that is designed to provide support to college students interested in venture capital by connecting them with ally and queer venture capitalists, as well as industry professionals, its website mentions. During Tukes’ two-year post at the nonprofit, she immersed herself in efforts catering to the youth, including a partnership with the New York City, NY, mayor’s office to establish an employment program exposing queer and trans students of color to pathways in finance, philanthropy, law, and technology. “Students from immigrant families, first-generation families, who otherwise wouldn’t have had opportunity to see careers beyond working-class blue-collar jobs, because of our nonprofit, we were able to expose them to careers and high-paying, high-equity earning jobs,” Tukes told AFROTECH™. Furthermore, LGBT+ VC established a...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 1, 2024