Talent Agent, Free Agency
Josue De Paz is currently the CEO & Co-Founder of First Tech Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to closing the digital divide by providing low income and underserved communities with access to technology that allows them to pursue educational, personal development, and career opportunities. Launched in May 2020 during the midst of a global pandemic, First Tech Fund is currently providing 50 high school students from all over NYC with a laptop, a hotspot for the family, mentorship, and digital skills curriculum for the entire school year. Josue knows firsthand the challenges of a lack of access and vividly remembers what it felt like to see his mom work 2-3 jobs for them to have access to technology and connectivity. This is what inspired him to fund students who needed a small seed investment in the form of technology as they pursue their dreams. Josue also works as a Talent Agent at Free Agency, a NYC based startup that represents tech industry talent. Previously, he was a Community Partnerships & Outreach Manager at Girls Who Code, where he was responsible for all partnerships, expansion, and strategy across a portfolio of states in the South of the US. Josue has also held a number of positions in advertising and financial services. Josue is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Loyola High School of Los Angeles. Outside of work, he’s worked on the Young Leader’s Board for the Children’s Scholarship Fund, on the Madison Council for Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, as a Mentor for Golden Door Scholars, and as a Rookie’s T-Ball Coach for DREAM. He’s also a 2020 VER Fellow through the Represented Foundation. Josue is originally born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico and moved to West Los Angeles with his mom at the age of 5 – he’s been a proud DACA recipient since 2012. He’s happily married to Hana Seligman and lives with her and their wonderful rescue dog, Maui, in Brooklyn.