Sabrina Short

Sabrina Short

Sabrina Short

Founder & Chief Engagement Officer | NOLAVATE Black

Sabrina Short is known as the “Great Connector” because of her unwavering passion for community and social justice. A native New Orleanian, Sabrina moved home post-hurricane Katrina as a community organizer to participate in the city’s recovery efforts.

Recognized as a 2019 & 2020 Ada Lovelace Award nominee, Tech2Empower Fellow, and 2019 Silicon Bayou 100 for women making an impact in tech, Sabrina raises awareness around diversity and inclusion as the founder and CEO of NOLAVATE Black. Sabrina strives to explore ways to support the local tech ecosystem, including spearheading the inaugural Black Tech NOLA Conference in July 2018, the first Black Tech conference focused on inclusive innovation during Essence Festival. 

Sabrina volunteers on various youth committees for the United Methodist Church speaking, teaching and supporting digital media initiatives. She also serves on the board of Rooted School in New Orleans, Resilient Louisiana Commission / Economic and Community Development Task Force, and the Greater New Orleans Digital Media Alliance.

A motivational speaker, published author, community advocate, and now a start-up founder, Sabrina believes, “It is important that we create spaces where everyone is invited, supported and included. We each have a divine right to live out our purpose and be successful in doing what we love.”