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Kareem Aaron

Kareem Aaron

Kareem Aaron is the owner of Noraye LLC, an IT consulting firm based in the Washington, DC area. His company specializes in digital transformation and automation, allowing organizations to focus more on work that drives value and less on tasks that are mundane and...

Chris Arabia

Chris Arabia

Christopher C. Arabia joined Commerce Bank (TD Bank’s predecessor) in 1998 as a credit analyst. Over his 20-year career, Chris has held several positions in the commercial side of the Bank. In 2006, he was promoted to regional vice president, and he helped expand the...

Johnny Ray Austin

Johnny Ray Austin

Johnny is an engineering executive who works with renters to pay, stay, and thrive in their homes. He believes the home is the foundation for every family and that it should also be a financial foundation. Johnny has built and led high-performing, globally distributed...

Bobby Bermudez

Bobby Bermudez

Bobby has over 15 years of business and IT experience working with clients, including startups, nonprofits, defense contractors, Fortune 500 and local, state, and federal agencies. His broad expertise with computer, network, and web technologies led him to found...

Shanaz Chowdhery

Shanaz Chowdhery

Shanaz Chowdhery is an operations executive with a deep passion for education. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member and taught 5th and 7th-grade math in Ward 8 in Washington, DC. In early 2014, Shanaz joined General Assembly, a leading global...

Scott Driskill

Scott Driskill

Scott earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from The University of Virginia in 2010. After working as an application engineer and account manager for National Instruments in Austin, TX for five years, he moved back to the DC area where he grew up.  As...

Chris Hagood

Chris Hagood

Chris is a highly-productive strategist, focused on driving efficiency as a trusted solutions-based advisor. As the regional director, strategy and transformation at Press Ganey, he leads client retention and client satisfaction among hospitals, medical practices, and...

Russell Hanser

Russell Hanser

Russell is a globally oriented attorney and policymaker with a passion for human rights, public health, and technology’s capacity to improve lives. He has nearly 20 years of experience in communications law and commercial litigation. His practice focuses on the...

Matthew Hearn

Matthew Hearn

Matthew is committed to public service and giving back to the communities he is part of. He is a globally aware leader who believes strongly in the role that technology and opportunity can play in transforming lives, both domestically and abroad.   Matthew...

Jacqueline Kazil

Jacqueline Kazil

Jacqueline is a data scientist who loves all things data. In her career, she has worked in banking, government, and journalism with a focus on public service. Most notably, she is a former Presidential Innovation Fellow and co-founded a technology organization in...

Michelle Larkin

Michelle Larkin

Michelle has over 15 years in business experience, ranging from sales, to concert and event promotion, to marketing, and small business development. As a program manager for a Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program Professional and...

Brenda Shelman

Brenda Shelman

Brenda is dedicated to her community and to the power of education. She worked in the administration and finance field for over 20 years.  Brenda completed several courses at Byte Back, and earned her Microsoft Office Specialist, Outlook certification. As a new...

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