Diversity + Inclusion
Find your World.
To build Mapbox for everyone, we need ideas and magic from everywhere. Mapbox is a global team of individuals from all backgrounds with dynamic life experiences. With intention, discipline and commitment, we are dedicated to building a support system that multiplies the contribution of every individual.
– Zaina Orbai, Global VP of People
Working at Mapbox means being part of an amazing community of friendly, diverse, and talented people who work together to achieve big goals. None of us took the same path to get here, but we can all find our world at Mapbox.
Every day I learn something new. You never stop learning, and that’s what keeps people here. I love that.
A few years ago, Mapbox opened an office in Ayacucho, Peru, a place that lacked tech companies, especially startups. I wanted to join a startup as it seemed more challenging, but startups were mainly located in Lima. Mapbox gave me the opportunity to work on the Data team. I fell in love with the work immediately! Since then, I moved on to the Geocoding team and relocated to our Washington, DC office.
Fun Fact: One of my biggest accomplishments was being one of only two people in my class of 120 to complete my degree program within the five-year period.
I work with a team who cares, a team that has personal goals. That's been a big change.
I was aware of the open source work that Mapbox is doing in the live location data space, and a few people I knew working at the company told me about the inclusive environment; this stood out to me during my search. At Mapbox, I don’t feel I need to watch my back all the time. You can be who you are and not be judged for that. At other places it can be brute force or blunt, but at Mapbox, everything comes from compassion. It’s so much better than at other companies, and we are making strides to increase the focus on disability as we have done with gender, race and LGBTQ inclusion.
Fun Fact: I played rugby for England Deaf.
We're encouraged to take risks and be curious. From a mistake comes an opportunity to learn. This is something Mapbox has not shied away from.
I’ve been in tech sales for nearly a decade, working for a government contractor selling accessibility solutions for the deaf (ADAS). Looking for a new challenge, I heard about a DC-based company working from a garage. When I visited, I noticed the garage had no elevator, and there were dogs running around everywhere. The office had a casual feel and I immediately noticed the diversity: other people had ethnicities like mine; there was a diversity of education — people who hadn’t gone to college; people with a natural curiosity like me. The place was full of really smart people.
Fun Fact: I enjoy bird watching and I'm bilingual.
There is a high level of trust placed in the work that I do.
I was looking for a company that I could invest in, one that had long-term value and potential. Through the interview process I fell in love with the company culture at Mapbox.
In the process of searching for my second job out of college, I reached out to the chief technology officer through my college alumni network. He was helpful and introduced me to a few people. The main thing I wanted to optimize for was to continue to learn and grow. Mapbox was quite different, and everyone I met was willing to sit down and explain things. That was what really attracted me.
Fun Fact: I can speak 3 languages (Amharic, French and English).
"We empower individual contributors to create and lead initiatives across Mapbox, understanding that everyone should own Diversity & Inclusion - from the boardroom to the vendor showroom. We are working to embed this at every intersection of our company map."
- Shannon Myricks, Diversity & Inclusion Lead
The Task Force: Embedding Diversity & Inclusion
We believe Diversity & Inclusion should be embedded into every facet of an organization. That's why every quarter, we form a Task Force of Mapboxers from various parts of the business to help us evolve and continually strive to increase the value of our contribution to the Diversity & Inclusion space.
Gender Minority ERG
Support a diverse, inclusive work environment that champions mentorship, community, and advocacy among gender minorities at Mapbox.
Intersections aims to support and promote a diverse workspace at Mapbox via community building, advocacy and mentorship for racial minorities at Mapbox.
Our affinity groups
From Allyship to Beyoncé to Matzah - Affinity groups at Mapbox are employee founded and led, online and in-person communities, that allow our global workforce to fellowship around their unique cultural perspectives.
Trans, Genderqueer, Non-binary
Kids / Parents
LGBTQ* + allies
Women in Tech Sales
As part of our continued growth as a company, the Q1 Diversity & Inclusion task force took on the challenge of updating our Diversity & Inclusion policy. Our policy reflects the growth of our vision for Diversity & Inclusion and makes the implicit explicit by assigning ownership to individual Mapboxers and Mapbox as a company.
Thinking about starting Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at your startup or small organization?
Check out our D&I Toolkit to help your organization get started!
Partnerships & Sponsorships
Our partner and sponsor organizations work to promote diversity, empathy, inclusion, and growth, both in the communities they serve and worldwide. We're so grateful and excited to be able to work with them to support these goals.
Build with us. Grow with us.
We look for incredibly smart and radically pragmatic people. Our team members have a range of cultural, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. We prioritize the progression, growth, and leadership of individuals from all backgrounds and strongly believe in the value of cultivating a diverse team. Sound like you?
Wonder what its like to work here? Explore our world by following us at @mapbox!