Harlan Kelly Jr. addresses 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology


Some of the most iconic structures and most essential infrastructure of San Francisco are the handiwork of Harlan Kelly Jr., general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The distinguished engineer is part of the 15th annual Innovation & Equity Symposium for the 15th 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at the Omni San Francisco in the Grand Ballroom at
9 a.m.

“The role of African-American technologists as premiere enterprise decision-makers in mission critical environments is evident through this year’s selectees,” says John William Templeton, editor of blackmoney.com, which is teaming this year with ASPiRE.tv to present the 50 Most Important African-Anericans in Technology.

As city engineer, assistant general manager for infrastructure and now general manager of SFPUC, Kelly has directed the renovation of City Hall, the construction of the Embarcadero Plaza, the modernization of the Hetch Hetchy water and power system and the construction of the carbon-neutral PUC headquarters.

Over the same 20 years, he has personally

directed one of the most effective STEM learning experiences with the Project Pull summer engineering internships for local high school students.

The symposium will also premiere a new placement, onboarding and retention resource--NKlude--designed to place 10.000 pioneering pacesetters like Kelly in Bay Area companies in the next year, including entrepreneurs leading their own firms.
The location highlights the African-American Freedom Trail, which features the nearby statue of Capt. William Alexander Leidesdorff, the African-American millionaire merchant who launched the hotel industry in San Francisco in the 1840s, financed the victory in the Mexican War and dedicated California’s first public school.

At the conclusion of the program, SFSoul Shuttle, featured on KPIX5, Yahoo News, and by San Francisco Travel, will give registered guests a tour of the trail.

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