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.
“I’ve been involved with so many things I am proud of, but probably the most meaningful contribution is making the civil service stronger.”
“There are no small wins at USDS. Whatever you help get done ... wouldn’t have happened otherwise, and will be a critical step to creating a positive impact for millions.”
“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.”
“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.”
“My friends here inspire me. When the work demands 110% from us, we lean on each other until we get “all the things” done.”
“It is a rare, one of a kind opportunity. It is the ability to work at the highest level of government in the United States to impact people at a scale that is unrivaled.”