Founder and Executive Director @ dev/Mission
Mr. Sosa came to San Francisco from Guatemala in 1984. He taught computer applications at Mission Language Vocational School, San Francisco City College and other programs around SF, Bay Area and across the state.
Since 2003 his greatest passion is directing leadership and tech training program for low- income youth living in SF and beyond. His extensive contacts in San Francisco’s tech industries are invaluable to youths striving to bridge the gap between diversity in tech and make a place for themselves in the most exciting sector of the region’s economy.
Leonardo Sosa has mentored over 1,500 youth to become technology ambassadors, and he has trained over 100 instructors on best practices in a technology and leadership curricula across the country since 2003.
In 1995 he launched Youth-Net, the first youth technology program serving the Mission. In 2003 he developed a San Francisco base for One Economy’s Digital Connectors, and later expanded the program in 12 West Coast cities. Digital Connectors, which combined technical training and service learning, became a national movement since 2010 with over 1,000 students enrolled across the country.
Mr. Sosa has shared his insights on the digital divide at seminars, technology conventions, and tech companies. Mr. Sosa holds a California teaching credential, multiple IT Certifications, such as SQL, MOS and CompTIA+ just to name a few; and an associate of science (information technology) from CCSF.
Mr. Sosa’s personal and professional history (over 10+ years working in tech) gives him extensive insight into the challenges that confront Latino youths aiming to succeed as first-generation college students. He is an enthusiastic role model whose professional path illustrates the wide range of career opportunities that begin with technical training.
Leo Sosa founded the MEDA’s Mission Techies Program back in January 2014 which empowered Latino young adults ages 17-24 from underserved, disconnected and at risk to launch a Career in the Technology Sector. Since the program started more than 150 young adults are working currently in tech jobs with companies like Facebook, Pandora, Jones IT, Echo Tech, Eden Tech, Geek Squad, UCSF, Twitter, Riverbed Technologies, Love Height Computers, Google, Doubledutch, and Comcast just to name a few.
He is the founder and Executive director for <dev/Mission> (www.devmission.org) which aims to train untapped young adults for careers in tech. His latest accomplishments is to have enrolled since its launch back in May of this year 32 enrollments, 12 currently enrolled in the Fall 2017 cohort, 16 graduates from the summer inaugural session with 50% of the graduates Latinas and 10 of the graduates are enrolled in CS degrees, 3 of those graduates are working in tech jobs and 3 are part of <dev/Mission> Staff/Volunteers.