During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 51st Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), Walker’s Legacy will be hosting our Women in Economic Development & Civic Leadership Awards Luncheon. Our annual award is given to women in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made and their continued dedication to advancing economic development, entrepreneurship ecosystems, and job opportunities within their communities and industries.
Jotaka Eaddy is an award-winning strategist, advocate and connector who Forbes Magazine describes as the “Olivia Pope of Silicon Valley.” With more than 20 years of experience in policy, advocacy, and movement building, Jotaka is a highly sought after speaker and strategist whose accomplishments include: her trailblazing election as the University of South Carolina’s first Black Woman Student Body President, her groundbreaking work that led to the abolition of the juvenile death penalty in America through the 2005 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roper vs Simmons, and her pivotal leadership as Senior Advisor to the NAACP where she led initiatives to expand and defend voting rights through state legislative wins and executive orders, all before her bold and successful transition to the C-Suite of Silicon Valley and the private sector.
As the Founder and CEO of Full Circle Strategies, LLC, Jotaka leads a team of individuals committed to advancing transformative change and global impact for clients, including corporate, non-profit, foundations, technology, and government organizations seeking to advance policy, ideas, and change. Her clients and work include advising Oprah Winfrey: OWN Network’s award winning OWN Your Vote Campaign; advising and managing external strategies to engage diverse communities for global telecom firms; and supporting the expansion of tech policy and platform changes aimed at increasing inclusive tech for some of the world’s largest tech companies and venture firms; among others.
In 2020 she founded the movement #WinWithBlackWomen, an intergenerational, intersectional group of Black women leaders representing business, sports, movement, politics, entertainment, and beyond who come together within their personal capacities to stand united in support of Black women. The network, which has garnered more than 800 million organic impressions on social media is credited with making a significant impact on pivotal moments and issues centering Black women including: the historic election of 2020 which resulted in the United States first Black woman Vice President, the nomination and confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, nomination and confirmation of Senior Black women in the Biden administration and other pivotal issues centering Black women including the fight to Bring Brittney Griner Home.
As one of the few Black women that has served in the C-Suite of a Silicon Valley based company, Jotaka is a passionate advocate for increased diversity and impact metrics in the tech sector. Committed to tech equity, Jotaka serves as a board advisor to several start-up companies and is an active investor in tech startups and investment funds.
Jotaka has traveled extensively, serving as a guest lecturer and strategist on topics including: the power of social impact, women’s empowerment, and the intersection of tech and impact at various institutions and universities covering 49 states and 25 countries. Her work has been highlighted in several publications including Fortune Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Essence Magazine, CNN, MSNBC among others.
Jotaka is a member of the Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and serves on the national Strategic Partnerships Taskforce for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a proud native of Johnsonville, SC (population 1490 people) and a passionate advocate for her beloved Alma Mater – the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
We are so elated to have Jotaka Eaddy as a 2022 Women in Economic Development & Civic Leadership honoree!