On November, 9th 2020, I filed a racial discrimination claim against the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, on behalf of myself and Black employees at the foundation.

The following was submitted as supporting documentation for the claim and describes my experience of racial bias and systemic discrimination at CZI.


Respondent Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a foundation established and owned by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. CZI describes itself as a philanthropy designed “to leverage technology, community-driven solutions and collaboration to help solve some of society’s toughest…

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In an announcement that resembled a NBA free agent mulling over prospective teams, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos took to twitter to inform the world that he is very nearly ready to make his major philanthropic debut. After a year of consideration, Bezos stated, “I have settled on two areas that I’m very excited about,” adding that he would reveal the areas of interest before the end of the summer.

It goes without saying that when the world’s richest man decides to devote a fraction of his wealth to social good, the philanthropic community takes notice. Bezos has become…

Ray Holgado

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