What’s your background?
Prior to joining the USDS team at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I provided administrative support for various offices within the General Services Administration (GSA). Nine years ago, I started out supporting the GSA American Recovery Act office, where I worked in the Limited Scopes office, then spent the bulk of my time supporting GSA’s Field Office and Opportunities Center campus at St. Elizabeths, where we provided workforce development opportunities to residents in Ward 8. I then moved to the GSA maintenance office at the Nebraska Avenue Complex.
What inspired you to join USDS?
Community service has always been a passion of mine, and I was heavily involved in community service and outreach efforts at my previous job. I was attracted to USDS because of the focus on people-centered development. I love that USDS is intentional about selecting projects and is dedicated to helping underrepresented communities, such as Veterans and immigrants.
What do you want to do after USDS?
I would love to continue working on people-centered projects that benefit communities that are oftentimes overlooked.
What will you miss most about USDS when you leave?
I will miss the family vibe USDS has. Everyone that I’ve interacted with has been super friendly, and works to actively counteract stereotypes we often encounter around public servants.
“Serving a tour of duty with USDS is not only good for the country but also a great opportunity for you as a technologist.”
“I think that President Obama instilled in all of his staff the sense to do what is right, not always what is easy.”
“There is definitely a need for more women of color to speak tech and government at the same time. I believe in changing the status quo, and more importantly, empowering good people with the right tools, especially in government.”
“My friends here inspire me. When the work demands 110% from us, we lean on each other until we get “all the things” done.”
“I was inspired to join USDS because technology can do more than entertain and amaze us. Combined with good government, it can be a force for good in people’s lives.”
“Everyone is here because they care about people and they want to change things for the better. They're not just coming for a paycheck and that makes a huge difference in the work environment.”
“The biggest challenge for me has been to face my own imposter syndrome.”