Oona King

Oona King is Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Snap, and was previously Google’s Director of Diversity Strategy, YouTube’s Director of Diverse Marketing, and Chief Diversity Officer for British Broadcaster Channel 4. Oona is a member of the House of Lords (a life-time appointment as Baroness King of Bow in January 2011), and former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

Oona became a member of the House of Commons at 29 — the second woman of color, and 200th woman of any color elected to the British Parliament. She became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for e-Commerce, and Secretary of State for Trade & Industry. Oona was voted by other MPs “the MP most likely to change society.” In the Lords, Oona’s Front Bench roles included Shadow Education Minister, Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, and Shadow Minister for Equalities.

Oona founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Genocide Prevention in the House of Commons, and received a commendation from the UN Security Council’s Expert Panel for her group’s work on peacekeeping. During her time as an MP, Oona changed the law in five areas, including housing policy and equalities policy; and in 2016, as Shadow Minister for Equalities in the Lords, Oona introduced the amendment to Parliament that requires all companies in the UK with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap. Oona’s law has had far-reaching consequences in the UK, Silicon Valley, and beyond.

At Channel 4, Oona designed and implemented a new diversity monitoring tool. Oona’s idea has made British broadcasting the first in the world to have an industry-wide diversity standard, with the software to track onscreen and offscreen diversity. Oona previously worked as a TV presenter for BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Five and ITV. Oona’s political diary of her time in the House of Commons was recently named among “15 of the best political diaries” by the Guardian Newspaper, alongside Disraeli & Thatcher.

Oona moved in 2016 with her Italian husband Tiberio to live in the Bay Area; they have four young children, three of whom are adopted. Oona’s hobbies include cycling, ice-skating, and listening to AI podcasts in the middle of the night. In case Oona’s career goes very wrong, she is also a qualified aerobics instructor.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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