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.
“USDS’ value is in delivery and building capacity. We’re able to work on projects to take an idea to implementation, and guide teams on best practices for how to continue this momentum even after we’re gone.”
“I think that President Obama instilled in all of his staff the sense to do what is right, not always what is easy.”
“Everyone I worked with at USDS brought talent, a can-do spirit and a belief that together we could make the country better.”
“I was a little concerned about whether I could make a difference in three months, but after my experience here, I wholeheartedly recommend that you should consider doing it for as long or short a duration as you can.”
“At the Defense Digital Service I help make the lives of service members better, and safer.”
“Despite the challenges that arise on any given day, I wouldn’t trade this job for anything, especially in this moment.”
“Making responsible decisions about complex issues requires representation at the table where the decisions are being made.”
“I have many avenues to create impact at USDS, which is what keeps it interesting and fulfilling.”