Aerica Shimizu Banks is a tech policy expert, inclusion innovator, and champion of women of color entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Shiso LLC, a consultancy that centers racial equity in tech, policy, and business. She advocates for women of color entrepreneurs by building communities of support and empowerment. She was named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine and a Forbes 30 Under 30 list Social Entrepreneur. She: founded Pinterest’s DC office and led federal affairs; led diversity and equity initiatives on Google’s legal team and served as the Black small business liaison for the DC area; co-founded BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative; was a political appointee in the Obama Administration; and advanced environmental justice policies in Washington state. She holds a MSc in Environmental Policy from Oxford University and a BA in Environmental Studies and Public Affairs from Seattle University. Learn more about her at aerica.co.