Founder & CEO

Sabrina N. Short

Community Organizer. Convener. Connector. CEO.

Sabrina started NOLAvate Black after meeting with three women in tech who expressed the need for a space where local creatives and professionals could meet and network. The three ladies kicked off Black Tech NOLA in 2018 during Essence Festival putting New Orleans on the map as a thriving hub for Black techies!  Since then, NOLAvate Black has reached over 2,000 techies through their programming. 

A native New Orleanian, Sabrina moved home post-hurricane Katrina to participate in the city’s recovery efforts.  Now, she is working toward its long term sustainability. Sabrina is building strategic partnerships to build an inclusive, accessible and equitable pipeline where everyone benefits and innovation can thrive. She has been named a 2020 Silicon Bayou 100, 2018 & 2019 Ada Lovelace Nominee and recognized locally and nationally for youth-led education and health initiatives in New Orleans, including being selected as a New Orleans delegate to share best practices for grassroots organizing and strategic outreach after manmade and natural disasters for the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy. 

A motivational speaker, published author, community advocate and now a start-up founder, Sabrina believes, “It is important that we create spaces where everyone is invited, supported and included. We each have a divine right to live out our purpose and be successful in doing what we love.”

Sabrina serves on the boards of Rooted School New Orleans and New Orleans Digital Alliance.

NOLAvate Black Founding Advisors

Our advisors represent various aspects of the industry as founders, financial advisors, tech professionals and executive leadership. Their voices guide our work and help drive our mission forward.

  • Shercole King

  • Via Link, Inc.

  • Bernard Robertson

  • Robertson Wealth Advisors

  • Yolanda Williams

  • Entergy

  • Tony Zanders

  • Skilltype