The 25 best CEOs of small and midsize companies, ranked by employees of color

Alessio Alionco standing in an office. There are other employees working in the background.
Alessio Alionco.

25. Ray Grainger, Mavenlink

Ray Grainger standing in an office
Ray Grainger.

Location: Irvine, California

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Diverse, inclusive, and fosters the development of deep, long-term relationships.”

24. Todd Olson, Pendo

Todd Olson standing in front of a brick wall.
Todd Olson.

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Industry: SaaS/enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Transparent, diversity-minded, and modest with employees.”

23. Ziv Elul, Fyber

Ziv Elul wearing a Fyber shirt and a blazer in an office.
Ziv Elul.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Digital marketing platform

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Put together a diverse group of people who have Fyber’s main interest in hand.”

22. David Grace, Deem

Headshot of David Grace.
David Grace.

Location: Oakland, California

Industry: Mobile and cloud technology

Employee quote about the CEO: “Transparency and inclusion from both a knowledge as well as a people perspective.”

21. Eran Gilad, Fuel Cycle

Eran Gilad with his arms crossed and wearing a suit.
Eran Gilad.

Location: Los Angeles, California

Industry: Market research 

Employee quote about the CEO: “CEO is very inclusive in the big picture.” 

20. Joel Hyatt, Globality

Joel Hyatt wearing a blue dress shirt in the Globality office.
Joel Hyatt.

Location: Menlo Park, California

Industry: Software and technology services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Empathetic, loving, intelligent, and charismatic. They see talent like no one else does.”

19. Brady Brim-DeForest, Theorem

Headshot of Brady Brim-DeForest wearing a suit.
Brady Brim-DeForest.

Location: Encino, California

Industry: Information technology and services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Openness to feedback and awareness that they are not perfect, with a commitment to continuous improvement and radical candor.”

18. Gleb Polyakov, Nylas

Gleb Polyakov.
Gleb Polyakov.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Gleb puts a lot of weight into fostering and maintaining a culture of acceptance and diversity.”

17. Gene Berdichevsky, Sila Nanotechnologies

Gene Berdichevsky.
Gene Berdichevsky.

Location: Alameda, California

Industry: Electrical and electronic manufacturing

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Recognizes the value of all Silazens and takes care to ensure an inclusive culture.”

16. Wes Schroll, Fetch Rewards

Black and white photo of Wes Schroll.
Wes Schroll.

Location: Madison, Wisconsin 

Industry: Mobile rewards app

Employee quote about the CEO: “I like the goal of mindfully diversifying the leadership team. It’s important to be in a company that understands the need for representation.”

15. Jessica Mah, inDinero

Headshot of Jessica Mah standing outside. There are trees blurred in the background.
Jessica Mah.

Location: Walnut, California

Industry: Financial services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Modern and progressive in her thinking.”

14. Hunter Madeley, Vena Solutions

Hunter Madeley talking
Hunter Madeley.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Industry: SaaS/enterprise software

Employee quote about the CEO: “CEO is inclusive and makes sure that every employee feels valued and appreciated. I have not worked for a company before where leadership genuinely cares about everyone!”

13. William J. Tessar, Civic Financial Services

William J. Tessar is wearing a suit and sitting on some stairs.
William J. Tessar.

Location: Redondo Beach, California

Industry: Financial services

Employee quote about the CEO: “The CEO is transparent, honest, and is always looking to improve. We demonstrate diversity successfully and have the right people on the right seats.”

12. Ashvin Kumar, Tophatter

Ashvin Kumar
Ashvin Kumar.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: E-commerce

Employee quote about the CEO: “Real passion for building and supporting the global team. Each employee is cared for and treated like a member of the family.”

11. Alex Canter, Ordermark

Alex Canter talking into a microphone
Alex Canter.

Location: Los Angeles, California

Industry: Food tech

Employee quote about the CEO: “Transparency, authenticity, inclusiveness and accessibility.”

10. Brad Hoover, Grammarly

Brad Hoover with his arms crossed standing in front of the Grammarly logo on the wall behind him.
Brad Hoover.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Humble, focused, empathetic, high integrity.”

9. Larry Dunivan, Namely

Headshot of Larry Dunivan.
Larry Dunivan.

Location: New York, New York

Industry: HR software

Employee quote about the CEO:  “Diversity in the workplace is promoted by the CEO! He and the other leaders are always striving to utilize each individual’s unique strengths.”

8. David Muse, Elemica

Headshot of David Muse wearing a suit
David Muse.

Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania

Industry: Information technology and services

Employee quote about the CEO: “The CEO is driving needed change.”

7. Alessio Alionco, Pipefy

Alessio Alionco standing in an office. There are other employees working in the background.
Alessio Alionco.

Location: California City, California

Industry: SaaS

Employee quote about the CEO: “Humanity, transparency, empathy, importance given to diversity.”

6. Ross Wainwright, Alida

Ross Wainwright wearing a suit.
Ross Wainwright.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Industry: Computer software

Employee quote about the CEO: “Leads by example. Encourages diversity, equity and inclusion. Encourages personal well-being and healthy culture.”

5. Amir Movafaghi, Mixpanel

Amir Movafaghi wearing a blue sweater on a gray background.
Amir Movafaghi.

Location: San Francisco, California

Industry: Data analytics

Employee quote about the CEO: “I love that he has set goals about diversity and inclusion and have really shown up to support women and other minorities in the workplace with career progressions.”

4. Steven Sugarman, The Change Company

Headshot of Steven Sugarman on a blue background.
Steven Sugarman.

Location: Irvine, California

Industry: Financial services

Employee quote about the CEO: “Accessible, hands on, consistent, and fair.”

3. Martijn Atell, VoteBash

Headshot of Martijn Atell.
Martijn Atell.

Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Industry: Market research

Employee quote about the CEO: “What I like a lot about our CEO is that he is cooperative and open to questions and focused on diversity and respect.”

2. Doug Hirsch and Trevor Bezdek, GoodRx

Doug Hirsch and Trevor Bezdek.
Doug Hirsch and Trevor Bezdek.

Location: Santa Monica, California

Industry: Pharmaceutical healthcare

Employee quote about the CEO: “They are inclusive and aimed at creating the best work environment possible while bringing out the best in each of us.”

1. John Berger, Sunnova Energy

Headshot of William J. (John) Berger on a white background.
William J. (John) Berger.

Location: Houston, Texas

Industry: Renewables and environment

Employee quote about the CEO: “I love the diversity and open mindedness John instills in the company.”

Here’s the full list for small and midsize companies:

Graphic of Comparably's list of the best CEOs for diversity at small and midsize companies

Method and data source

Comparably collects workplace ratings from employees at companies belonging to different industries and creates multiple rankings a year based on these anonymous ratings.

The annual ranking of the top-rated CEOs for diversity uses anonymous ratings from non-white employees over a 12-month period. Ratings were collected from June 23, 2020 to June 23, 2021.

In the small and midsize company list, or companies with less than 500 employees, there were only a few non-white male CEOs who made the top 25. Only two non-white CEOs made the top 10.

The full ranking of the best CEOs according to employees of color is available on Comparably. Employee quotes and industries were shared with Insider by Comparably. Some quotes have been edited for grammar.

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