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Jay Shao

Jay graduated with a Bachelor’s in History and Urban Studies and a Master’s in Cybersecurity. Over the past few years, he has worked with organizations involved in community organizing, immigration legal assistance, home rehabilitation, and information technology. While working as a community organizer, he empowered residents to advocate for their vision of the neighborhood as written in the community master plan. As part of an immigration legal team, he assisted immigrants and refugees with their immigration needs and connected them with support services. With a home repair crew, he renovated housing for seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities by making health and safety improvements and energy efficient upgrades. On an IT team, he implemented an enterprise-wide human capital and financial management system for a consulting company. Through a federal internship, he supported enterprise architecture and IT modernization efforts for a government agency. In his free time, Jay enjoys board gaming, studying Mandarin, and hiking with his partner and their dog.

What Inspired You To Join The U.S. Digital Corps?

"I chose to join the U.S. Digital Corps for a few key reasons. First, the program offers a chance to apply my skills and experiences to engaging, meaningful, and challenging work at the intersection of people, technology, and the public interest. Second, the program intentionally assembles a diverse cohort of fellows with various professional backgrounds and life experiences, united by a passion for civic tech. Third, the program strategically invests in the professional development and personal growth of its fellows. Ultimately, the U.S. Digital Corps presents a unique opportunity to support the U.S. Government, serve the American people, and protect our way of life."

Fun Fact:

Jay has biked the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal twice—that's 300+ miles from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C. At the time of writing, Jay is currently in the middle of completing his third trip.

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