2019 | Transforming Ideas at Equifax
I created and lead a pilot at Equifax that focuses on empowering ideas generated from employees around the company. The pilot takes new ideas and grows them into innovative, customer-focused initiatives that benefit Equifax and its stakeholders globally. We then work with multiple teams internally to align resources for rapid prototyping and deployment. The process was inspired by working with other employees and bringing together multiple groups- technology, marketing, product management, security, legal, etc.
2019 | Citizens Oversight Committee
I was appointed to the Cobb County School Board's F&T Citizens Oversight Committee, and was later elected as the Secretary of the committee. It is the primary duty of this committee to hold public meetings and ensure that the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (e-SPLOST) Notebook is balanced and aligned with the Board's voted issues. We also serve as an extension to the community, quickly escalating concerns for increased attention. It is our goal as a committee to maintain influence on the School Board's decisions as a result of direct contact with community members.
2017 | Policy Pilots and Advocacy
Throughout my time as a campaign manager, technologist, author, small business owner, and politically active youth, I developed policy ideas with the help of experts and members in the community. I am constantly searching for community partners who like to test these policies. Such efforts have yielded the Valuable Lessons (Education), ALL In (Libraries & Economic Development), and Subscription Healthcare (Healthcare Insurance) pilots. Other examples include being involved in multiple organizations (see interesting facts) and sourcing opportunities that can be brought to the Cobb County community such as the Junior Achievement Campus.
2016 | Supporting Elected Officials Around Cobb
While working full time and operating HackOut Ninja, I wanted to continue giving back to my community. When Kwanza Hall decided to run for mayor, he wanted me on his campaign, and sent me to a training camp. Here is where I met our now District 40 House Representative Erick Allen and School Board Representative Dr. Jaha Howard. Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to serve as campaign manager for several races and work on behalf of some of our other elected officials. Relationships matter, and I look forward to working alongside their efforts in getting real stuff done.
2015 | HackOut Ninja- Frictionless Innovation
A few years ago, my business partner and I set out on an ambitious goal to open a business focused on democratizing mentorships and project development. It was during these years that we stumbled upon the rapidly growing hackathon market which has serves to spark innovation and connection among people and ideas. Hackathons go beyond the technical realm. Many attempt to solve major social issues with programs and businesses, education, or skill development. It was in establishing this business that we taught ourselves to code, and began slowly deploying HackOut Ninja, a software, which helps hackathon organizers and attendees in their quests for frictionless innovation. Pursuing this market has led us to support hackathons looking to curb the impacts of institutionalized racism, bridging gaps in education, retooling populations, empowering residents in gentrifying neighborhoods, and launching small businesses. Others in the works include immigration, the refugee crisis overseas, and Flint's water problem. As a young company, we are able to take advantage of many opportunities to help us grow and ensure that our company will bring a net positive to the community.