Colorwave’s mission is to help reduce America’s racial wealth gap by connecting underrepresented professionals to opportunities across the innovation economy.

Our Vision

An innovation economy where all communities have a meaningful voice and ownership stake in the next world-changing companies and products.

A world where economic mobility is possible and the racial wealth gap is closed.

About Us

Our Values

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Our Business is Personal

Personal relationships form the foundation of all that we do.  Job titles and responsibilities may guide the day, but ultimately, people drive the business. 

We truly care for one another.  No matter the circumstance, we prioritize the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of every individual in our ecosystem, including fellows, partners, and staff.

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Every Decision is Bigger Than Us

We know better than most that diversifying the innovation economy won’t happen in a silo. Our goal is to build a bridge that leaders of color can cross for generations to come, and we need the perspectives of our community to do that.  

We have a duty to elevate underrepresented voices, and we must always remember that every decision, every initiative, every outcome extends far beyond our four walls.

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Transformation Requires Discomfort

At Colorwave, we’re focused on systemic change, not band-aids or quick fixes. This degree of transformation requires bold solutions that challenge us, make us uncomfortable, and have a high probability of failure.

We lean into this uneasiness, ambiguity, and fear. We look for what others are afraid to see, and attempt what others are afraid to do, because real change happens outside your comfort zone

Leadership Team

John Roussel

Co-founder, Executive Director @Colorwave

Lorenzo Castillo

Managing Director of Community & Scale @Colorwave

Sasha Mack

Director of Partnerships & Innovation @Colorwave

Founding Board

Leandrew Robinson

General Manager, Auctane
Co-founder, Hingeto Co.

Joey Zwillinger

Co-founder & CEO, Allbirds

Josh Fisher

CIO, Tamridge Capital

David Stark

Former Executive Director, Stiles Hall

Lena McAfee

Head of DEI Recruiting - Consumer, Horizontals, & Talent Engagement Strategy, Google

Jose Lopez

General Counsel, Zeplin

Jason Norman

Partner, Concrete Rose Capital

Sadasia McCutchen

Head of Ecosystem, Signalfire


Colorwave is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.