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Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit

Executive Director, The Crucible, Co-founder, Hack the Hood, Tech OG.

Oakland, California

Entrepreneurial, mission-drive leader with strong execution focus. Collaborative and inclusive. Attracted to arts, STEAM and youth-serving organizations seeking to scale sustainably. Strong strategic planner and servant leader.

Engaged in digital equity and inclusion issues and ways tech can drive economic development in communities. Deeply interested in community work, next generation grant-making and crowd-funding, #futureofwork, inclusive and diverse teams and communities.
Special interest and expertise in servant leadership, youth development support, civic engagement. Fluent in setting agendas and convening around digital inclusion, hyper-local, and open data, managing to results and uplifting teams.

Experienced trainer and presenter with strong ties to tech community, media organizations and academia. 15+ years of senior executive experience, strategic, outstanding at execution, managing for results.

I am passionate about using metrics and data to craft strategy, and about projects that are inclusive and help change communities' stories, economics, and skill sets.

Executive management, nonprofit administration, nonprofit startups and turn-arounds, fundraising, capital campaigns, organizational development,organizing, branding, program development, youth development, strategic planning, public policy, civic engagement and engaging diverse communities


  • Executive Director (The Crucible)
  • ED (Center for Media Change/Oakland Local)
  • Principal Consultant (
  • Circuit Rider, Knight Community Information Challenge (John S. and James L. Knight Foundation)
  • CEO/Executive director/co-founder (Hack the Hood)


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