Alexis OhanianThe seat of the board of directors of Reddit is filled.
On Wednesday, Reddit announced Michael Siebel Ohanian has been elected to replace, making him the first black board member of the social media site. Siebel is a partner in startup accelerator Y Combinator and serves as CEO of the YC Startup Accelerator Program, which helped launch Reddit back in 2005.
“Today, we are thrilled to announce that Michael Siebel will join Reddit’s board of directors,” a Reddit statement said. “In addition to guiding companies with their vast experience in every part of the tech sector, Siebel has consistently promoted diversity and inclusion in the startup world.”
Siebel expressed his excitement over the new role. “I want to thank [Reddit CEO and co-founder] Steve [[[[Huffman]Alexis and the entire Reddit Board for the occasion, “he said in a statement. I have known Steve and Alexis since 2007 and have been a Reddit user since.”
He continued, “Over this time period I have noticed that Reddit has become part of the core fabric of the Internet and I am excited to help provide advice and guidance as the Reddit community and associated community continue to take on the challenges and Continues to deal with them. A wider audience. “
The news comes days after Ohanian announced that he had resigned from Reddit and urged the company to fill his seat with a Black candidate. Tech mogul said, “Fifteen years ago I co-founded Reddit as a place for people to have a sense of community and belonging.” “It’s long overdue to do the right thing.”
Ohanians who share a daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.. With wife Serena Williams, Then explained that he believed his decision would lead to positive change.
“I am saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer to his black daughter when he asks, ‘What did you do,” Ohn said. “So, I have resigned as a member of the Reddit board. I have urged him to fill his seat with a black candidate, and I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community.” I will, mainly to curb racial hatred. “
In addition to announcing his resignation, Ohanian shared that he had made a charitable contribution Colin KaepernickKnow your rights camp striving to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.
“And I’m starting with a pledge of $ 1 million for Colin Kaepernick’s No Your Rights Camp,” Ohanian concluded. “I believe that resignation can actually be an act of leadership from the people in power and everyone is fighting to fix our broken nation, don’t stop it.”
In a statement on May 31, the network said, “Everyday in America, one experiences solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression.” We give it to our black employees, talent, production partners and audiences to demand change. And accountability. Being silent is complicated. #BlackLivesMatter. “