Updated: Jun 15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2021
Contact: Margaret Knowles
New Company that Facilitates Impact Investments to Close the Disability Wealth Gap Announces Inaugural Board of Advisors
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2021—As companies contemplate a post-pandemic return to the workplace and business as usual, many people are pointing out that “business as usual” excludes millions of people with disabilities, who stand to lose access to the job opportunities provided by remote offices and new and flexible ways of working.
At this critical moment, the market is demanding that we reimagine the future of work itself to be more flexible, sustainable, and inclusive. For this reason, people with disabilities may be the most skilled designers of the future of work.
SmartJob, LLC was formed to help make work more inclusive, through better designed, or “smart,” jobs, including by facilitating investment and support in new skills training, innovative work-related technologies, accelerators, incubators, and innovation hubs, and giving founders with disabilities access to venture capital.
SmartJob has assembled an exemplary team of advisors from the financial, tech, nonprofit, and government sectors, including:
Long-time disability rights activist Judy Heumann
ClearMask CEO Aaron Hsu
VC advisor and Neurodiversity Pathways Director Ranga Jayaraman
Forbes columnist Jonathan Kaufman
Motley Fool Vice-President John Keeling
Google Head of Brand Accessibility KR Liu
Immediate Past Past President of the National Federation of the Blind Marc Maurer
Facebook Policy Communications Manager Erin McPike
Georgia Advocacy Office Executive Director Ruby Moore
Southern Bancorp Advisor Jan Piercy
Activist, Award-winning Humanitarian, and Global Goals Advisory Senior Partner Eddie Ndopu
National Federation of the Blind President Mark Riccobono
SHRM President and CEO and USA Today columnist Johnny C. Taylor Jr.
Inclusively CEO Charles M. Trunz III
With the wide-ranging talent and support of its exceptional advisors, SmartJob will work to close the disability wealth gap by facilitating impact investments in the people, products, and companies that can dramatically improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities in the workforce, and in turn, strengthen work for everyone.
SmartJob’s mission is to close the disability wealth gap and make jobs “smarter,” by expanding access to investment, financial services, and technology, and by improving public policy.
We do this by engaging with innovation partners across the world and delivering better economic opportunities to people with disabilities through our impact investments in disability-led, early-stage companies and non-profits that are building an inclusive future of work.
SmartJob investments enable people with disabilities to access capital, supports, and products to gain meaningful employment and access upward mobility. The result is measurable improvements in labor market participation and reduction in disability poverty.