Background & History
Following my education, I enlisted in the U.S. Army.
I come from a long line of family members who also served and ended up doing more than eight and a half years – including two combat tours, one in Iraq and the other in Afghanistan.
I was a field artillery commander before I reclassified to join military intelligence. This would put me on the path that helped me transition back to civilian life.
I was taught software engineering and Linux– having never been exposed to the industry before.
Working in the private sector for companies like MI Corp and SUN Microsystems, I found that I really enjoyed engineering work, which included infrastructure and cybersecurity. By happenstance, I veered into a new territory – corporate recruiting for technical and engineering positions.
Being a person of color, they appreciated the insight I provided on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). That was the second iteration of my career, which grew until I was working for two Google spinoff companies, X and Loon.
I was building and running programs, monitoring big data, and evaluating performance KPIs.”