Debray Carpenter, born and raised in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point, a historically African-American community, is an emerging technology leader and a positive force in his community. He takes us through his perspective of the massive changes in San Francisco brought on by the rapid ascent of Bay Area tech titans and their employees that often disregard the people and the communities they enter.

His journey has an interesting twist. He found himself teaching and mentoring at Success Centers, a Bay Area resource for job training whose mission is to empower marginalized community members through education, employment and art, so they may develop a positive self-image as well as a sense of hope and purpose for their future. Within those communities, he has elected to invest his time and talent into technology and the startups that can be created with it. We met him when he brought his interns to work at Node, a growing blockchain community.