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Betsy Beaumon

President, Benetech

Biography

Betsy Beaumon is the President of Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit whose mission is to create scalable technology solutions for communities in need, including in the education and human rights sectors. She is the co-founder of two software companies, including the first web-based Information and Referral service for social services, and has developed products across the software, semiconductor, and information sectors. She greatly expanded Benetech’s largest social enterprise, Bookshare, that has provided over 10 million books to people with disabilities in 70 countries.Betsy coined the term “Born Accessible,” a vision where all digital content is made accessible to all users when created. Through Benetech’s Human Rights Program Betsy and her team are protecting human rights defenders with secure data solutions, and in Benetech Labs, they are working to drive significant impact through new products and services. Betsy previously held senior positions with BEA Systems, TradeBeam, Social Online Service, and Cisco Systems. She holds a BSEE from Northwestern University.