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Founder/President

Pat Bransford

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About Pat.

Patricia (Pat) Bransford is an accomplished visionary and philanthropist. As Founder and President of The National Urban Technology Center, she has devoted over 27 years to championing equal access to innovative educational services and technology for students, teachers, and parents in vulnerable, underserved communities. Under her leadership, Ms. Bransford has spearheaded groundbreaking initiatives in Computer Science, STEM, Social Emotional Learning, Bullying Prevention, and Financial Literacy, focusing on increasing participation by groups underrepresented in the technology field, including women and students of color. 

 

With Pat's dedication and partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Urban Tech has established computer training centers in 750 locations across the United States, benefiting nearly two million youth and adults with literacy, job training, and youth development programs.

 

Before her work with Urban Tech, Ms. Bransford excelled in executive-level positions at IBM for 25 years, where she led the development of technological solutions for government and education agencies.

Pat has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a Master’s Degree from New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business. 

 

Awards

2023

Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Technology

Executive of the Year | Non-Profit/Public Sector

The Network Journal's 25 Influential Black Women in Business

2021

World Values Network Award

2007

Freedom Hero Award

The Catholic University of America's Trailblazer Award

Concord Family Services' The Dr. Gardner C. Taylor Humanitarian Award 

2001

The National Association of Black Telecommunications Granville T. Woods Award 

The Los Angeles Urban League Technology Award

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