digitalundivided names Hale as interim CEO and chief operating officer

digitalundivided, the Newark-based nonprofit leveraging data, programs and advocacy to catalyze economic growth for Latina and Black women entrepreneurs and innovators, recently said it appointed Brittany Hale as its interim CEO and chief operating officer.

Hale takes the reins from Lauren Maillian, who left the role after two years of leadership. Unanimously trusted by digitalundivided’s board of directors, Hale will serve in the role of CEO as the organization conducts a nationwide search for a permanent leader.

“The board of directors has placed tremendous trust and confidence in the leadership changes made and is confident that these changes will lead to greater long-term success and impact,” Yemi Akisanya and Larry Wilson, board co-chairs, said. “As we embark on the journey of finding a permanent CEO, we are honored to have Brittany at the helm of driving digitalundivided’s future. Collectively, we know the leadership team will ensure that the transition is smooth and successful, and we are very excited about what the future holds.”

Previously serving as digitalundivided’s director of operations and people, Hale spearheaded the development of operational systems that allowed digitalundivided to gracefully and sustainably scale its activities.

In the role of interim CEO and COO, Hale will work closely with digitalundivided’s board of directors and executive leadership team to advance the organization’s strategic vision, execute its programs and oversee operational strategies and initiatives. A leadership and organizational design expert and included on the ROI Influencers: People of Color 2022 list, Hale brings to the roles her deep expertise in litigation, politics and risk management and a fiery commitment to dismantling destructive systems of racial and gender bias.

“digitalundivided has been a champion for economic empowerment for Latina and Black women founders for over a decade, leading programming and initiatives dedicated to creating sustainable change for these innovators,” Hale said. “As the organization continues to evolve and invest in the entrepreneurial journeys of Latina and Black women, I am honored to contribute my experience and vast leadership and organizational knowledge to driving this mission forward.”