Steve Wright is one of 16 community service leaders tapped by the Community Technology Foundation of California for its prestigious ZeroDivide Fellowship
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — November 9, 2004 — Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the market and technology leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), and the salesforce.com/foundation, the leader in integrating philanthropy and business, today announced that salesforce.com/foundation Program Director Steve Wright has been selected by The Community Technology Foundation of California (CTFC) to join Class II of the ZeroDivide Fellowship. Wright is one of 16 leaders from across the state of California to receive this three-year fellowship, which increases the capacity of leaders in California to promote social justice through the use of information and communications technology, including digital media.
"The ZeroDivide Fellowship is about building a movement of technology users who can turn information into action to improve society," said Tessie Guillermo, CTFC president and CEO. "We are pleased to welcome Steve Wright, who, as program director of the salesforce.com/foundation, has shown impressive innovation in engaging and supporting underserved youth in digital media and technology projects."
"The ZeroDivide Fellows exemplify the diversity of California's communities, representing minority populations, rural neighborhoods, people with disabilities, and other underserved groups," said Laura Efurd, CTFC director of policy and leadership. "They have the passion and drive to use technology and digital media to advance social justice, and to influence technology policy to reflect the needs and desires of their communities. Wright and the salesforce.com/foundation have already impacted the lives of thousands of youths and given them a unique way to express their voice on community and social issues."
Wright has worked with the salesforce.com/foundation since September 2000. Established in 1999, the salesforce.com/foundation harnesses the enthusiasm and energy of the salesforce.com community to make a positive difference in people's lives through service and technology-related projects for youth. The Foundation provides technology resources, programs, and mentoring to underserved youth through more than 60 technology centers in 12 countries, and supports a wide variety of global initiatives designed to empower youth to express their unique voice on current affairs and issues of relevance to their immediate community. The Foundation also manages outlets for employee volunteerism and leadership, and has teamed with salesforce.com to provide salesforce.com's award-winning CRM service, as well as training, administration and support services, at no cost, to non-profit and non-governmental organizations worldwide.
"I am honored to receive this important policy fellowship," said Wright. "The salesforce.com/foundation is dedicated to helping underserved youth express themselves in unique and creative ways while providing the technology and production skills that are critical to success in today's world. I look forward to working with the exceptional group of ZeroDivide Fellows to build on this success to provide more youth with access to technology and an understanding of how to use it to enhance their lives."