Pinterest hires its first diversity chief

Its staff may soon be as varied as the pins on your board.

The US tech industry has had some success in diversifying its workers, but many companies know there's still more work to be done... including those that hadn't made it a high priority until recently. Pinterest has hired its first head of diversity, Candice Morgan, to build initiatives that will shake up the social site's workforce. She isn't the beginning of the company's efforts, as it set goals last summer and just started diversity-minded apprenticeship and internship programs. However, Morgan may be the key to coordinating and ramping up those programs.

The new leader should be up to the job. She spent about a decade working on diversity in her previous job at Catalyst, so she's well-acquainted with the challenges. And she'll certainly face a few: in the US, nearly all of Pinterest's workers are either Asian (43 percent) or white (49 percent). It'll have to push harder if it wants to better reflect the American population.

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